Rita Ammons still doesn't quite believe it. In 1987, she was in a serious car accident that left her suffering with severe pain from nerve damage. A friend recommended reiki as a healing practice, and within time, Ammons found that it worked—the treatments seemed to heal her. Amazed and inspired, she became a master reiki practitioner herself, eventually expanding her expertise into massage and opening her own practice, Back to Harmony Massage & Bodywork.
Now a licensed massage therapist, Ammons offers treatments in 10 modalities, from relaxing Swedish massages to medical massages that help treat ailments including back pain, headaches, and arthritis. She also seeks to heal guests through reiki and to soothe backs with hot-stone massages, which are far more relaxing than hugging a furnace.
Board-certified physicians Stephen M. Rouse, M.D., F.A.C.S., Jerilyn S. Allen, M.D., and William T. Culviner, M.D., F.A.C.S. work together to perform safe, advanced cosmetic procedures at The Center for Facial Cosmetics. With years of training and experience backing them up, they guide customers through personal consultations that help them create individually tailored treatment plans. They can also prescribe skincare regimens using Obagi products that can correct unhealthy skin functions instead of simply treating ailments. In seeking out natural beauty looks, the trio performs noninvasive treatments such as chemical peels and hair removal. Also available from the team are non-surgical treatments including Botox, Juvederm, and Restylane, and surgical treatments including rhinoplasty, face lifts, and neck lifts.
Lasers can accomplish more than just long-lasting hair removal. At Aesthetic Laser Treatment Center, staffers depend upon them for almost every aesthetic treatment. Yes, one of those treatments is hair removal, but the list also includes diminishing cellulite and wrinkles, eliminating pigmented lesions, and downplaying the appearance of spider veins. The staffers sometimes abandon lasers all together and instead opt for dermal fillers or a chemical peel to restore skin.
Rejuvaderm’s expert staff of licensed aestheticians promotes pulchritude with a range of skin-enhancing services. The glycolic peel utilizes a safe chemical solution that, when applied, causes the face’s dead skin cells to slough away ($125). Eradicating these dead skin cells will smooth out the skin’s texture, reduce wrinkles, and improve its overall appearance, resulting in a radiating glow without the hassle of training lightning bugs to follow you around in a constant swarm. The Visia complexion analysis ($75) is a computer-calculated skin scrutinization that plots results as a visual diagram, enabling each person's pelt to compare itself to thousands of others of the same age and skin type. The data can then be used to help plan and monitor a proper anti-aging treatment, helping patients gird themselves against the ravages of Father Time and his magical face-smooshing ray gun.
New England Laser & Wellness Center has a team of aestheticians and medical professionals that help patients look and feel fabulous with high-tech treatments. Targeted laser treatments tackle a variety of issues, from banishing nail fungus to restoring or removing hair follicles. Body wraps slim down midsections and thighs with infusions of botanicals. Facials, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion nourish and smooth skin with targeted treatments for all skin types. The center also offers other aesthetic services such as Botox and Dysport injections, eyelash lifts and extensions, and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.
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.