At Life Achieved, certified life coach and hypnotherapist Harry Kroner guides clients toward healthier lifestyles by helping them to overcome a range of fears and personal blockades. For more than 14 years, Kroner has continually studied in the fields of psychology, coaching, philosophy, medication, and self-help. His integrated approach to improving life quality combines elements from these fields to personalize a therapy plan tailored to each of his clients. Through talking, deep-relaxation techniques, and the power of suggestion, clients can take charge of their life, gaining the motivation and the mental tools to realize weight-loss goals, quit smoking, and overcome phobias, such as fear of enclosed spaces or dizzyingly high stacks of utility bills.
Life coach Bob Elster specializes in setting and achieving goals, but not just any goals. One of his favorite slogans is "No More Wimpy Goals," and he helps his clients reach for the moon with a series of motivating webinars and worksheets. Bob's guidance applies to life in general, but he can also coach clients to succeed at the higher levels of business. Bob works with business owners, entrepreneurs, executives, and any client that is driven to take action on achieving their goals to help elevate their life or business to a new level.
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.
From their home base in the Warren Building, officials of the Wellesley Recreation Department fine-tune a year-round roster of sports leagues and community classes. Adults master crafts that range from pottery throwing to Capoeira, a blend of Brazilian martial arts and dance. Kids channel their creativity into painting courses or the Star Wars: Jedi Training class, which often includes creating a recycled droid and lightsaber lessons with retired stormtroopers. All of the programs are self-supporting, so directors charge reasonable fees and divvy up the money among materials, instructors' salaries, and other necessary expenses.
During the summer, throngs of people advance on Morses Pond, an ocean lookalike complete with a sandy beach, water slide, and volleyball nets, and kids aged 5–12 fend off boredom with summer day camps. Meanwhile, the lights of Hunnewell Tennis Court blaze into the evening hours, allowing athletes to face off after dark when the sun is taking its nap.