Desneige Acupuncture and Allergy Center's medical director, registered nurse Desneige Datillo, began her career working in traditional medicine in the intensive care units and emergency rooms in Boston-area hospitals. But after finding that acupuncture had successfully treated a sports-related injury and her sleep difficulties, she knew she wanted to incorporate Eastern medicine practices with her traditional Western background, and so she studied to become a licensed acupuncturist.
Armed with her knowledge of integrated medicine, Datillo opened her Essential Energetics Clinic in 1994 to provide patients with a comprehensive way to stay healthy without the hassle of always wearing a fruit hat. Though she's revamped and renamed her practice since then, she continues to bolster patients' health with acupuncture energy therapy, which uses hair-thin needles to help patients manage pain, enhance fertility, and treat nicotine addictions.
As a certified laser specialist, Datillo can also use cold lasers to activate acupressure points or shrink fat cells. During many treatments, fully clothed patients lie atop a treatment table equipped with soothing amenities, including a soft blanket, heat lamp, eye mask, and notes of encouragement from their mothers.
For the therapists at Sea Spa, massages aren’t simply a way to pamper oneself for an hour; they are tools that improve the function of the body. They evidence this belief within the earth-toned spa’s soothing environs, complete with hardwood floors, padded massage tables, and plush reflexology chairs. Here, the Swedish and deep-tissue strokes of their relaxing and rejuvenating spa massages are supplemented with natural ingredients. Mineral mud exfoliates during deep-cleansing massages, and sea salt works to clear the skin of toxins, impurities, and tattoos of full recycle bins. Steam loaded with herbs used in chinese and tibetan medicine seeps into the skin during footbaths that aim to detox from the inside, a process that can strengthen immune systems and increase energy.
Medford Muscular Therapy Centre has been restoring function and peace to overworked muscles since it opened in 1994. That healing tradition continues today, as four nationally certified therapists employ multiple techniques to keep patrons' tension at bay. Deep-tissue massages strategically knead sore spots, and specially designed prenatal and infant massages soothe new mothers and children who just emerged from their cocoons. Reiki, acupuncture, and energy work blend holistic healing techniques with more traditional massage treatments.
At Riverside Chiropractic Center, Dr. Reza Pourshadi treats his patients with a holistic approach. Rather than simply soothing symptoms as they appear, the doctor ensures the body is in a constant state of wellness. Through spinal adjustments, posture screenings, and nutritional and exercise counseling, Dr. Pourshadi can help patients adhere to sustainable, long-lasting healthy practices. The center also offers massages, cold laser, and ultrasound therapies to assuage lingering chronic pain in joints and muscles.
Anyone who's ever made a new year's resolution knows that it can be difficult to stay committed to the goals you've set. Board-certified hypnotist Tom Nicoli doesn't see this common phenomenon as a matter of laziness or faulty willpower?instead, he finds that our intentions are often undermined by unconscious habits and impulses. At A Better You Hypnosis, it's his job to replace those subterranean forces with more positive ones through hypnosis.
Viewers of Dateline NBC's Ultimate Diet Challenge got a good look at the results of Nicoli's practice in 2004 when he successfully helped a pastry chef shed 40 pounds despite a job that practically demands sipping cake batter. Weight loss is a common goal for his private clients, and he's turned his experience into a set of motivational CDs that got top rating from Shape magazine. But people also turn to him simply to reduce stress and boost confidence. Over the course of several sessions, Nicoli lays the groundwork for them to reinforce their positive new habits on their own throughout their lives.
The health heads at Zanjabee concern themselves with total wellness, using the teachings of both Western and Eastern medicine to treat bodies, minds, and spirits. The Pranayama workshop, a large communal class accommodating up to 45 people at a time, introduces students to the precepts of the breath-work-based meditation technique.