At The Birch Center for Health, acupuncturist David Sokulski uses the skills that he mastered at New England School of Acupuncture— the oldest acupuncture school in the United States. He delicately inserts hair-thin needles into predetermined spots across the body, stimulating the flow of energy to treat ailments such as fertility issues, depression, and physical pain. He also practices cosmetic acupuncture, a technique that increases circulation to restore a healthy glow to the skin. Birch branches and miniature smiling Buddhas adorn their peaceful studio.
The team of chiropractors and alternative health care specialists at Kukurin Chiropractic vanquish pain without the use of medicine or invasive surgery. To do so, they rely on a range of holistic treatments intended to spur the body into self-healing mode. Acupuncturist reroute nerve impulses with the strategic placement of needles, massage therapists promote circulation with therapeutic pressures, and chiropractors push discs into more healthy positions with gentle, safe adjustments.
Kenneth Sowinski's attraction to the field of Chinese medicine stemmed from his interest in kung fu and aikido. Thankfully, kicking and punching have nothing to do with the treatments at North Hills Acupuncture Clinic, where Kenneth helps patients find natural pain relief with holistic techniques. One such technique?known as "Balance Method Acupuncture"?involves placing fine needles at specific points in the body's extremities. This encourages the body to work in harmony with itself, restoring balance from head to toe. North Hills also specializes in Chinese herbal medicine, which may treat everything from the common cold to an extreme hankering for hot tea.
Evolve Wellness Spa's licensed staff of aestheticians helps flagging physiques replenish their pep with an array of holistic services. Begin a revitalizing afternoon with the Primal Relaxation massage ($70), marked by rhythmic strokes with light-to-medium pressure designed to roll over muscle groups, whisk away worries, and expel lingering fears of cattle-robbing chupacabras. Once the body goes limp from hip to neck, Evolve Wellness Spa's resident staffers then apply a barrage of natural and organic skincare products to the face, all in an effort to balance and purify the smooth epidermal surface ($80).
From the reclining chair, guests gaze at the cutout in the ceiling that reveals twinkling stars as they take in deep breaths of oceanside air. But this isn't a nighttime visit to the beach—instead, guests are relaxing within Peace Love & Zen Holistic Wellness Center's salt cave, an intimate room lined with bricks of Himalayan salt. The salt diffuses into the air and is inhaled into the lungs, where it aids in respiratory problems with its 84 trace minerals.
Licensed Acupuncturists Sydnie Bryant, Jessica Fritz, and Daniel Johnson, who hold masters degrees from the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, balance the bodies and minds of their clients with deft acupuncture expertise. Invoking the ameliorative properties of the 5,000-year-old treatment, a knowledgeable needler will assess clients’ health by feeling nine pulsations at each wrist and observing the color and form of the face, the tongue, and the body before beginning the pin-cushioning process. During the one-hour session, guests are invited to relax as each gentle needle insertion spearheads stress and deflates tension, inducing a mellow mood that can help to alleviate ailments, improve immunity, increase fertility, and bend spoons.
With a commitment to cleanliness, Wholistic Acupuncture uses only sterilized, stainless-steel needles during the treatment, which are promptly donated to prematurely shedding hedgehogs after a single use.