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.
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.
Transformational coach and certified hypnotist Carol M. Recchion has spent more than 23 years instigating positive change in her clients' lives. Her counseling services assist patients with periods of upheaval, both positive and grief-related, whereas her hypnotherapy sessions seek to discourage bad habits and chronic anxieties. By tapping into the subconscious mind, she addresses problems that run the gamut from writer's block to smoking addiction and overeating.
Certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists, Bob Martel helps his clients to reach their full potential by guiding them to a heightened mental state of awareness and relaxation. By building a rapport with clients, Bob is able to make the positive suggestions that help them to address ailments such as anxiety, low self-esteem, and fears. Hypnosis can also mitigate specific urges such as overeating or smoking. For skeptics, Bob willingly debunks common stereotypes about the practice, stressing that people cannot be hypnotized against their will, get stuck in a daydream-like state, or reveal the secret combination to their dream diary.
A patient mentions pain in his right shoulder. Then, an acupuncturist inserts a needle into his left ankle. Primarily focusing on the distal style of acupuncture, Acupuncture Connections' team is licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine and certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, ensuring that each member knows exactly where to place each pain-battling needle. During each session, one of the acupuncturists inserts an average of 8 to 10 FDA-approved single-use needles into specific areas—along the forearms, hands, lower legs, and head—aiming to treat issues from autoimmune diseases to digestive issues to fatigue. Since distal acupuncture involves the treatment of areas normally exposed while wearing shorts and a T-shirt, patients typically don't need to remove their clothing or steel breastplates. The sessions begin with a private consultation with a practitioner who holds a master's degree in acupuncture.
Though she specializes in noninvasive, relaxing treatments, Rachel Marshall's resumé suggests she hasn't had much time to relax. In the five years since entering the natural-health-and-wellness field, she's been an advanced practitioner of the Ondamed biofeedback system and has received certifications in reflexology, muscle testing, and holistic life coaching. As Natural Health and Wellness of New England's owner and practitioner, she rejuvenates weary feet during reflexology sessions and restores bodily balance with reiki. Alternatively, her Ondamed system rebalances bodies with electromagnetic frequencies, which has been said to help patients with Lyme disease, depression, metabolic disorders, chronic pain, and smoking cessation. Other treatments include an ionic foot-detox machine, which helps to detoxify feet with a negative-ion-filled footbath, and raindrop therapy, which flushes out toxins by sprinkling nine essential oils onto spinal reflexes of the feet and back.