At each of HealthSource Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab's more than 400 locations throughout the country, doctors, licensed massage therapists, and physical therapists work together to treat and prevent chronic aches and pains while helping clients increase their overall wellness levels. By combining chiropractic adjustments with strengthening therapy in a technique the center dubs "progressive rehab," specialists can both ease pain and take steps to ensure it doesn't return. This chiropractic treatment incorporates whole-body wellness, not only treating back pain, neck pain headache, sciatica, fibromyalgia and other common concerns, but also focusing on prevention, wellness, and nutrition to help clients achieve optimal health.
Dr. Erika Duffy has overcome her share of health setbacks, besting ailments including colitis, a spinal injury, depression, and vertigo. Though trying and painful, her experiences ultimately bolstered her spirit and planted within her a desire to help others. So, she earned a doctorate in C.O.R.E education from the Institute of Transformational Studies, nabbing certifications for hypnotherapy, holistic counseling, enneagram counseling, and Life Between Lives therapy. She then joined the National Guild of Hypnotherapists and the American Society of Alternative Therapists, holistic super-teams dedicated to helping people overcome their destructive habits. Whether patients are plagued by weight gain, smoking, ADHD, low self-esteem, or unsuccessful attempts to transmute cats into gold, Dr. Erika helps her patients break bad cycles with alternative health services, including hypnotherapy, reiki, essential-oil therapy, and C.O.R.E. therapy built on the principle of patients taking responsibility for their actions.
At Salon Aquavit, a dream team of stylists and estheticians work hand-in-hand with clients to provide customized treatments for the hair and skin. Each cosmetic artisan brings their own specialization to the styling chair, whether that’s a keen ability to deal with curly hair or a solid understanding of how to get peanut butter out of one’s eyelashes. Beyond standard salon services, the crew also beautifies bodies and soothes wandering minds with specialized services such as enzyme facials and Reiki therapy.
At Bio-Detox Center, Dr. Debra Graham relies on natural medicine and traditional naturopathic methods to address a wide range of issues. Certified through the National Board for Colon Hydrotherapy, Dr. Graham employs the latest technology to safely and comfortably flush out toxins. She also provides ionic footbaths, weight-management services, and hair-and-mineral analyses, which use hair samples to reveal a patient’s individual vitamin requirements, disease trends, and more.
Licensed massage therapist Louise Loureiro has seen firsthand the healing power of massage. At her calming Leominster studio, she works to relax the tight muscles in her clients' backs, necks, and shoulders with 60- and 90-minute massage sessions. She offers deep-tissue, Swedish, and prenatal massages, along with corporate and event chair massages, helping increase circulation and ease chronic muscle pain.
A student of Chinese medicine for more than 25 years, Hayley Mermelstein supplements her acupuncture and shiatsu massage with energy healing from the Tong Ren tradition of her mentor Tom Tam. Her studies began in 1987 under the guidance of Janet Murphy at the University of Massachusetts, where she designed her own major in shiatsu, and she opened a practice immediately upon graduation. Today, Mermelstein also leads meditation classes following the principles of her teacher Ellen Tadd. In 2003, Hayley completed her formal acupuncture training, graduating from the New England School of Acupuncture and White Pine Healing Arts and earning a mortarboard that doubles as an emergency massage bed.
Vibrant Chinese artwork lines the walls of Amherst Chinese Medicine and Massage Therapy’s intimate office, where skilled therapists revitalize mind and body with custom acupuncture, herbal medicine, and therapeutic-massage treatments. Informed by traditional Chinese medical practices, dietary therapies promote slimmer physiques, and signature Chinese herbal facials awaken somnolent pores with revitalizing jade stimulation and a splash of steamy green tea. To further encourage holistic healing, many of the office’s treatments incorporate natural herbs and remedies such as a botanical facial cleanser with soothing flower-oil extracts.