The muscle-soothing experts at The Massage Center knead away stress and tension with their adeptly trained feet during a pampering one-hour deep-tissue ashiatsu massage session. With a history spanning more than 3,000 years since its origins in Asia with Buddhist monks, ashiatsu—which translates to "foot pressure"—massage has infiltrated the ranks of other lands. In its more westernized, modern form, the deep-tissue-focused ashiatsu converts those who believe foot therapy only happens during tap-dancing lessons. The Massage Center hangs its hat in the recently renovated Dudley Square, which was formerly the Dudley School and was originally built in 1881, allowing clients to seek serenity in a historical setting, minus the jet lag associated with time travel.
From a young age Koichiro Nakanishi was a sort of de facto massage therapist. He learned the craft from his grandmother and preferred giving, rather than receiving them, which meant family, friends, and track and field teammates turned to him when they suffered aches and pains.
Since then Koichiro has racked up more than 1,500 hours of official massage training. He studied in his native Japan and continued his training upon moving to the U.S. Today, he works out of Stream Point Massage, where he administering a proprietary approach that blends Shiatsu, trigger-point therapy, and stretching techniques, all while clients remain in their clothes. This specialized massage was designed to work out kinks from the body, loosen the muscles, and make clients feel as worry free as snowman in Antarctica.
Sf. Ramon Careaga began his career in the world of electromagnets and circuits, receiving his bachelor?s degree in electrical engineering. Today he works with energy pathways of another kind as one of three licensed acupuncturists at Blue Lotus Health and Acupuncture, also treating clients using herbology, tui-na acupressure, and therapeutic tai chi. Arwen Careaga focuses on women's health, including pediatrics and dermatology, whereas Jenny-Marie Greenough treats pain, anxiety, and other health concerns from her perch in Elizabethtown. The trio's interest in good health blossomed at school: all three practitioners received their Masters degrees from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego.
An appointment at Stream Point Wellness isn't about just taking an hourlong respite out of your day. It's about making a commitment to improve your overall wellbeing, whether that's by easing a chronic ailment with acupuncture, building physical strength in a yoga class, or centering the mind during qi gong. Among the center's main offerings, massage therapy offers treatment for a variety of physical ailments and nutritional coaching aims to get at the root of food issues.
First educated in her home country of Romania, Dr. Saxman came to America with her husband, continuing her pursuit of knowledge at the School of Medicine, University of California. There, she found a staff of professors as interested as she was in alternative treatments, and began to study acupuncture and herbal remedies. With her practice—Acupuncture-Integrative Medicine, LLC—now established in Lexington, she blurs the line between Western doctoring and traditional Chinese medicine. She assists clients with weight loss, anti-aging, musculoskeletal therapy, and, of course, acupuncture.
A graduate of South Baylo University in Anaheim, Andrea Johnston uses acupuncture and the various modalities of Oriental medicine to restore health and harmony to her clients' minds and bodies. She treats a wide range of conditions, from chronic pain and digestive woes to emotional distress and superpowers. Her calming bedside manner and the fineness of the implements she uses contribute to the "virtually painless" nature of her treatments.