At Pure Self-Reflection, healer Rose, a social worker, taps into an arsenal of nontraditional techniques to rejuvenate the spirit. She tears down the walls that trap clients in poor health or mental states, and helps them move forward with hypnotherapy, reiki, chakra-aligning, past-life regression, or other holistic methods. By doing so, she gets as the root of issues, from smoking addiction to stress to pain.
Marcelle Racine, the certified massage therapist at Boston Empowerment and Wellness Center, kneads tension out of anxious backs and shoulders during one-hour Swedish massages. Employing a series of long strokes, gentle pressure, and encouraging pats on the back, Marcelle works to alleviate pain and improve flexibility. While the muscle mender manipulates dorsal landscapes, clients relax, allowing their bodies to take part in a mélange of health benefits, from bolstered blood flow to increased tissue regeneration to more effective immunity against diseases and dive-bombing pigeons.
Marisa Fanelli's first close-up encounter with Western medicine was at the age of 17, when her mother fell ill, and it was riddled with disappointments. Misdiagnoses, ineffective medications and surgeries, and most importantly, doctors' apathy toward her mother's personal well-being, discouraged Marisa. But her negative experience with modern medicine culminated in something positive: an exploration of acupuncture. At Healing Point Therapeutics, Marisa not only uses acupuncture to heal her clients mentally and physically, but she also offers other treatments in the same vein. These treatments include hypnotherapy—which she sometimes blends with acupuncture—cupping, and Gua Sha, a massage-like practice.
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.
Hypnosis strives to reach the root of mental bothers and achieve long-term results. If this is your first foray into the world of this alternative healing method, use your Groupon to learn about the process by discussing goals with a certified holistic practitioner. The hypnotist at Open Hearts, Jessica Buckley, CHt, is certified to practice hypnosis through the IACT (International Association of Counselors and Therapists) and NGH (National Guild of Hypnotists). She'll lend her expertise toward any ailment, including but not limited to: weight loss, smoking cessation, stress, anxiety, and phobias such as novercaphobia, the fear of one's stepmother. After the gentle probing is complete, you'll receive an end-of-session review to sum up the results and recap the 75 minutes. You must call ahead to schedule your appointment.