Licensed acupuncturist and master of Oriental medicine Jadranka Perl treats a vast range of bodily ailments with acupuncture sessions at Eastern & Western Medicine - Jade Acupuncture. During 90-minute initial visits, patrons meet with Jadranka to discuss specific ailments and general feelings on postapocalyptic rap, while Jadranka in turn explains the potential benefits of acupuncture. Then, patrons relax while skilled hands carefully direct fine needles into precise points across the body, redirecting energy to and from corresponding areas. The 3,000-year-old practice of acupuncture has been a mainstay of holistic healers, possibly treating such conditions as headaches, depression, and tennis elbow. Follow-up visits include a 45-minute dose of acupuncture, perfect for lunch hours or 45-minute coffee breaks.
When she established Health & Healing Massage Therapy, owner and licensed massage therapist Karen Nugent envisioned a place where clients could maintain all facets of their health—mind, body, spirit, and eyebrow flexibility. In service of this dream, she assembled a team made up of seasoned massage therapists, a Native American shaman, and an acupuncturist, who now flaunt their skills in a unique assortment of therapeutic treatments ranging from therapeutic massage to craniosacral therapy to reflexology. Several of the therapies can even be merged in tandem sessions in which two therapists and four hands combine massage with reflexology, reiki, or finger-puppet therapies.
Take Ten Reflexology's holistic health-care practitioners utilize elements of reflexology, reiki, and chiropractic care to release all manner of body-wide tension. Resident reflexologist and reiki practitioner Cyndi Stearns applies her strategic barrages of finger-driven kneading to tense soles, restoring balance to the body's chi. Conversely, Doctor of Chiropractic Karen St. Laurent focuses on the backbone, whisking away persistent aches with simple spinal adjustments and dramatic readings of spine-tingling fax-machine user manuals.
Down to Earth Acupuncture is a community acupuncture clinic, which means pricing is on a sliding scale and treatments take place in a group setting. While fellow patients lie back in soft armchairs in the practice's living-room-style setting, acupuncturists Emily Konstan and Josh Smolkin insert narrow needles. Both therapists have extensive health-care experience, and both are certified not only in acupuncture but in Chinese medicine as well. They prescribe herbal remedies when necessary.
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.
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