After running a reiki and reflexology booth at a health expo, Joanne Salem decided to create a permanent wellness center. She officially opened the doors to Changing Lives in 2010, and since then she has helped to reduce numerous clients' aches and stress levels through advanced healing and relaxation techniques. Joanne has experience working with all manner of people, with past clients including a woman who previously wouldn't let anyone touch her feet and another woman whose plantar fasciitis was so severe that she felt like she "was walking on rocks."
Changing Lives also regularly hosts wellness-related events and seminars, led by Joanne or a life-sized cutout of Richard Simmons.
True to its name, Optimistic Insight gives clients a glimpse within themselves using an array of holistic healing techniques. By weaving the methods together, healers create a unified healing plan that works on every area of wellness. Nutritional counseling tends to physical health, whereas hypnotherapy reshapes mental processes to create better habits and treats patents seeking motivation and help dealing with issues such as weight-loss, confidence building and overcoming fears.
At Zerona of Rhode Island, Doctor of Chiropractic Jeffrey Newman works to smooth silhouettes noninvasively with cold-laser Zerona treatments, recently featured on The Doctors. During 40-minute sessions, which are generally spaced within 72 hours of one another, low-light lasers glide over patients' waists, backs, hips, and thighs, emulsifying adipose tissue. The body then absorbs and expels the excess lipids, allowing patients to resume their normal activities immediately. Healthy eating habits and avoidance of caffeine, alcohol, and falling pianos help to maximize results. See the office's FAQ section for more details.
Doctors of Chiropractic Paul O’Brien and Meghan Schaffer kick off chiropractic sessions with a consultation, during which they explore a patient’s family history and listen to any concerns. A limbo contest first determines how low you can go; then the doctor thoroughly examines your bone frame with the Sacro-Occipital Technique, a holistic approach that focuses on the relationship between the tailbone and the base of the skull. Following the exam, the doctor uses SOT adjustment techniques, which combine cranial and organ therapy with spinal and extremity work, to alleviate such ailments as headaches, arthritis, and joint pain.
With their diverse backgrounds and individual expertise, Westside Yoga's certified yoga instructors cater to students of all experience and fitness levels. They demonstrate this dedication to individuals of all backgrounds during classes that range from gentle stretch sessions to athletic power flows. During the week, their class schedule catalogs morning and evening class times, including a 75-minute basic class that covers foundational strengthening postures and secret yogi handshakes involving actual pretzels. Though some of the classes are practiced in the more familiar Hatha and Vinyasa flow traditions, Westside Yoga also offers more innovative class styles such as a cardio-yoga class that infuses low-impact aerobic work into a series of stretches. The team also teaches a Yoga/Pilates combination class designed to bolster the core with mat exercises, breath work, and old-fashioned cannon-ball catching
When Karishma began her search for new means of health and wellness, she discovered that several ancient cultures believed that the body should be cleaned regularly—both inside and out. That search inspired her work at Om Hydrotherapy, where her gravity-based colon-hydrotherapy sessions help restore her clients' guts to their factory-issue condition. During each session, a stream of warm, filtered water carries away waste and toxins, which can build up to due to poor digestion, lack of dietary fiber, dehydration, and excess consumption of processed foods. Once this build-up is flushed away, the colon can better absorb incoming minerals and nutrients, leaving clients feeling lighter and clearer.