Established by Captain Red Hilton in 1967, Newburyport Whale Watch was among the first seagoing outfits dedicated to whale watching in the Gulf of Maine. Passengers hop aboard a boat whose top speed gets them out to prime whale grounds quickly and dissuades punk dolphins from trying to start dangerous drag races. Staying abreast of current sightings, the cruises rarely fail to find some frolicking whales, often seeing humpbacks, minke whales, and even the occasional blue whale. During the tour, a naturalist from the Blue Ocean Society dispenses facts about the majestic mammals to curious guests. An onboard galley offers snacks, beer, and wine.
Chi Kung (also called Qigong) is the Chinese system of healing and fitness exercises. Ranging from gentle to vigorous, these healing movements are learned and practiced to keep the body limber and stress-free, filled with vitality and endurance. There are also health meditations performed seated, standing, or walking.
After witnessing his grandmother struggle to recover from surgery, Dr. Shawn Shapiro was stirred to research alternative methods of healing. As he studied the ways that bodies can naturally cure themselves, he gravitated toward the practice of chiropractic medicine. Backed by fellow chiropractor Jessica Meyer and a licensed acupuncturist, he now works to alleviate all types of corporeal discomfort with preventative wellness modalities. The doctors aim to fully educate patients before tailoring customized treatment regimens, ensuring proper care as they seek out the source of ailments more efficiently than a detective going undercover as a stethoscope. To assist their personalized plans, they wield a diverse arsenal of chiropractic techniques and high-tech tools and bolster overall wellness with services such as massage therapy and nutrition consultations.
Doctor of Chiropractic Christopher Santini honed his skills at Cleveland Chiropractic College, where he led the Chiropractic Bio-Physics Club before graduating summa cum laude. In 2007, degree in hand, he opened his own practice—Santini Family Chiropractic. There, he and his team of specialists realign postures, craft custom orthotics, and soothe tense muscles, allowing patients to move through life without pain. To further promote whole-body health, Santini Family Chiropractic's staff also includes a licensed acupuncturist and a naturopathic doctor.
Eric St. Laurent holds a master's degree in acupuncture from the New England School of Acupuncture, where he specialized in several Japanese styles, including non-insertive techniques. Though he is adept at treating a variety of ailments, he specializes in helping patients manage their anxiety without the use of medication.
The body can be affected by its environment, and when surrounded by other people who are in an extremely relaxed state, a person’s body begins to relax as well. It is this principle on which the shared treatment room at North Shore Community Acupuncture operates. Acupuncture patients lay back fully clothed on zero-gravity recliners as the needles do their work. Balance plays a large role in the acupuncture practice of head acupuncturist Stephanie Kula and her board-certified staff, who treat patients according to the theory of five-element acupuncture. This theory is based in the fundamental elements of nature—wood, fire, earth, metal, and water—which, when out of balance, can cause sickness and a shift in over overall well-being.