At Clove Tree Community Acupuncture, acupuncture sessions are held in a group setting where visitors relax in comfortable recliners. Licensed acupuncturist Zhihong Shang practices the age-old eastern wellness technique by inserting needles along the body’s meridians to unblock energy flow and to deflate any balloons trapped in clients’ armpits. In addition to acupuncture, Clove Tree also offers natural healing services including Chinese herbal medicine and cupping.
Though her ability to untie knots rivals that of a sailor, licensed massage therapist Lorna Ellis-Harding has been relieving aches and pains for long enough to understand the limitations of massage. Rather than rely solely on her Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports techniques, she draws from other areas of traditional and alternative medicine to craft treatment plans for the whole body. Her acupressure massages, for example, incorporate the principles of Eastern acupuncture to apply healing pressure to specific points of energy across the body. When she isn’t balancing energy or coaxing out toxins with gentle lymphatic-drainage techniques, Lorna consults with other local businesses to help her clients manage their weight and make healthful lifestyle decisions, such as refraining from eating french fries while juggling chainsaws.
Creative Body Therapies's Aileen Ferraro kneads, strokes, and pummels away aches and pains with a wide variety of stress-abating techniques. The therapeutic-massage treatment subjects muscle-borne maladies to an hour of customized Swedish and deep-tissue methods. Sink down into the plush massage table as nimble hands use long and gentle strokes to sweep away tension and intense kneading to untangle tight knots. In addition to relieving discomfort, each session can ease the mind and, like jogging up and down the theater aisles during a horror movie's scary parts, stimulate the flow of blood.
After a car accident at the age of 18, Dr. Church was told that surgery was necessary. Instead he went to a chiropractor, who guided healing without invasive procedures in addition to subduing a lifelong issue with headaches. Having witnessed first-hand the power of chiropractic, Dr. Church opened Atlas Chiropractic, where he helps clients find relief from aches, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and migraines. Dr. Church also promotes the benefits of massage therapy with in-office LMT, Jerri Ridley who administers massages that can ease stress, boost blood circulation, and restore calm after a strenuous tic-tac-toe tournament.
Acupuncture of Milford Connecticut’s Richard A. Covello earned a Best of New Haven 2011 nod for his extensive knowledge of acupuncture. His staff, including Stephanie Ortiz, LMT and Alexandria Attolino, LMT, performs relaxation and wellness massages, specializing in event, post-injury, and post-surgery modalities to help speed recovery.
At Shoreline Family Chiropractic and Wellness, Matthew Paterna is not only concerned with his patients’ health, he offers clients chiropractic care that’s safe, all natural, and drug-free. By examining and treating the spine, Matthew can help alleviate ailments that range from the usual suspects—lower back and neck pain—to surprising culprits, such as headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and being able to read your dog’s mind. Depending on the patient, the chiropractor may snap x-rays, use a computerized nerve scanner, or prescribe treatments such as massage, adjustments, or wearing lots of bathrobes.