The certified practitioners at New England Muscular Therapy master a range of therapeutic treatments to extricate clients from the burden of painful musculoskeletal conditions. Clients release sighs of relief as massage therapists release taut muscles with fingers made nimble from hours of practice and marathon rounds of cat?s cradle. Acupuncture and herbs work to restore the body?s balance, especially in tandem with the practice of tui na, a traditional Chinese form of massage focusing on balancing energy in the body. Customized treatments draw together the clinic?s disciplines to tailor a variety of therapies centered on personal wellness goals and promoting relaxation.
According to Eastern tradition, chi—the body’s internal energy—flows along a web-like network of pathways throughout the body, connecting the brain to organs and tissues and ultimately serving as a key to wellness. For thousands of years, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners have treated everything from stress to infertility through these channels, redirecting energy and unblocking paths with sterile, hair-thin needles in an effort to restore balance and natural healing. At Koru Therapy, Geralyn Kruger and Elizabeth Debari continue this time-tested practice, helping alleviate injuries, high blood pressure, depression, and a slew of other conditions.
Elizabeth and Geralyn aren’t alone in their efforts, either—they’re joined by licensed massage therapists Carrie Stevens and Meg Taylor. These muscle gurus calm bodily tissues with custom massages that react and adapt to each client’s individual concerns. Specializing in pregnancy, myofascial, and Swedish modalities, among others, the duo can effectively eliminate chronic pain and tension or rehabilitate injuries obtained through sports or heated games of footsie.
After years of working as physical therapists in the Boston area, Joint Ventures co-owners Dan Brownridge and Dave Larson noticed one major aspect missing from in most clinics?a personal relationship between the healer and patient. The duo created Joint Ventures in an effort to bring those strong relationships to their community through advanced integrated healthcare clinics where each patient gets optimal one-on-one time with their physical therapists. At all seven locations, Dan and Dave?s more than 55 practitioners craft detailed treatment plans using the facility's four-lane pools and cardio and weight machines, including therapies ranging from acupuncture to massage, yoga, or personal training. Throughout each patient?s therapy, the team of practitioners keeps their interpersonal skills on point with regular meaningful patient-therapist conversations that end with the pair weaving BFF bracelets from each others? hair.
Originally started in 1998 as The AIDS Care Project, a nonprofit organization that still provides free acupuncture to patients with HIV/AIDS, Pathway to Wellness expanded in 2000 to a full service clinic offering treatments besides acupuncture. Though the treatments at Pathways to Wellness cost money, they’re available to everyone and not limited to acupuncture. The center’s experienced staff, which includes 12 licensed acupuncturists, a bodywork practitioner, and a mother that kisses boo-boos, shepherds visitors toward good health with traditional acupuncture, Chinese herb therapy, and Shiatsu bodywork. Nurturing the mind as well as the body, Pathways’ third-floor office houses educational resources and materials that cover an array of topics, such as holistic therapies, public health, and HIV/AIDS. The staff also regularly conducts research, including a clinical trial on acupuncture’s effects on women who have HIV/AIDS.
Stephanie Smith needn't be in her office to do her job: she has helped clients conquer severe headaches simply by talking on the phone. The licensed acupuncturist and herbalist is so adept at the Eastern medicine practice of qi gong—movements and mental practices that seek out disruptions to the body's energy—that she can use it to counsel patients during long-distance appointments.
When she is at the office, she positions hair-thin acupuncture needles along physiques to address conditions such as muscle pain, migraines, and stress. Supplemental cupping and Chinese massage therapy might augment these treatments, depending on the client's needs. She also administers facial acupuncture to tighten wrinkles and fade skin damage, allowing clients to forgo injecting their faces with Botox or wearing oversize sombreros.
JP Centre Yoga brings together people from all walks of life: Young and old, all genders, and all experience levels. Everyone is welcome during the studio’s all-level, flow-based classes. The instructors themselves come from a various background backgrounds, too. Instructor Dan Steel started in the worlds of gymnastics and martial arts, before he took a free yoga class in college and discovered its potential healing abilities. The team at JP Centre Yoga now helps others transform their lives through yoga, whether a student wants to build physical strength or increase spiritual awareness.
Therapeutic treatments often go hand-in-hand with the yoga curriculum. Practitioner Nathalie Blitz combines yoga postures, acupressure, deep pressures, and other disciplines during Thai Bodywork sessions. Meanwhile, practitioner Ryan Hill's Myofascial Yoga Release sessions manipulate the body's deep connective tissues.