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When he was only 9 years old—long before founding Holistic Therapies & Fitness Programs—Henry Oliveras began training in martial arts. This study of Eastern methods and movements naturally led him to the body and energy therapies of traditional Chinese medicine. Today, he helps his clients optimize their health at his residential office in Arlington through massage, tai chi, and qi gong, and even offers a mobile massage service so that busy customers are able to receive treatment in their homes or offices. Henry also works for spas, corporations, and fitness centers as an instructor, and holds a metaphysics PhD candidate, a published author, and a musician who performs under the stage name Que Unlimited.

140 Palmer Street
Arlington,
MA
US

At The Rothfeld Center for Integrative Medicine, Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld, MD, leads a team of doctors, nurse practitioners, and acupuncturists, drawing upon his nearly 35 years of experience as a doctor and acupuncturist. Dr. Rothfeld and his team work to not only diagnose symptoms, but to identify underlying causes, providing clients with more complete and effective treatment. Together he and his team provide medical acupuncture treatments, IV nutrient infusion therapy, allergy testing and treatment services, and weight loss therapy.

180 Massachusetts Ave
Arlington,
MA
US

The Zinnia flower that serves as Elite Medspa and Wellness? logo may symbolize memories, but their powerful SCITON laser actually makes memories?out of wrinkles, spider veins, and unwanted hair, that is. The team, led by medical director and Board-certified physician Dr. Saira Nisar, chose the SCITON laser for a slew of reasons. Not only is it completely capable of handling a rogues gallery of cosmetic complaints, but it dispatches them with the quickness. Its high-speed scanner?which allows the laser to pack a wallop without damaging tissue?is paired up with a computer-guidance system that evenly distributes heat and teaches the laser how to play chess when the office closes for the night.

But the medspa is more than just technology. The staff also works with time-honored treatments to beautify faces, such as chemical peels, Botox, and Juvederm. They even embrace downright ancient techniques, such as hot-stone massage and aromatherapy.

61 Massachusetts Ave.
Arlington,
MA
US

After clocking in 900 course hours at the Salter School, massage therapist Kendra Retalic now spreads her knowledge of holistic massage therapies with clients in her practice and at charity events. Whether rehabilitating muscles with the compression and stretches of a sports massage or indulging in a soul-soothing reiki session, clients lie upon a padded massage table undressed to their comfort level as Kendra's healing hands serenade their musculoskeletal system for one commercial-free hour. She also taps into the skin-smoothing powers of Dead Sea mud, paraffin wax, and oiled hot stones to rejuvenate exteriors.

16 Bradlee Road
Medford,
MA
US

A licensed massage therapist rejuvenates bodies from head to toe. During the Swedish massage, nimble fingers usher in relaxation and send oxygen coursing through limbs with flowing effleurage strokes. Stubborn knots surrender to firmer pressure from petrissage strokes, which are usually used to soothe turtles too stressed to leave their shells. Tranquil bodies peel themselves from the massage table and reposition for a mud mask that mines clogged pores and a nourishing salve that refreshes delicate tissue around the eyes. Feet slowly submerge in a simmering paraffin wax bath to round out the 90-minute sojourn, lingering in the warm pool until calluses soften and toes finish playing Marco Polo.

16 Bradlee Road
Medford,
MA
US

Jazmine C. Fox-Stern's academic pursuits included neurology, physiology, anatomy, and philosophy. And though she earned her psychology degree in 2002, it was in structural integration that she found a conduit in which she could combine those fields?along with her passion for healing?into a single dynamic practice that fosters physical and emotional wellness. So Jazmine moved to Boulder, CO, became certified in structural integration, and opened Boston Body Balance.

The treatment views the body in terms of relationships?up and down, in and out, front and back?and aims to balance the body through slow, deep pressure and guided movements, like a circus clown balances his checkbook. The goal is "functional mobility." This means that Jazmine helps her clients not just align their bodies, but develop new habits and patterns of movement. So in addition to relieving pain, structural integration can improve coordination and flexibilty. And because it frees restrictions in the fascial network, it can lead to feelings of liberation from the body's old habits, giving clients a renewed sense of balance and an emotional boost.

2557 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge,
MA
US