Inside a brick-face storefront in historic Salem, Dr. Han protects the teeth of kids and adults with preventive and cosmetic dental services. The dedicated staff performs all manner of oral upkeep, zapping stains through speedy Zoom whitening sessions or crafting custom fillings, implants, and bridgework. The team also expedites emergency-care services and collaborates to tackle complex dental-related issues such as sleep apnea and TMJ. Adhering to strict sterilization and infectious control guidelines, the center safeguards its patients from dangerous bacteria that can cause illnesses or grab the steering wheel while someone else is driving.
Despite many obvious differences, new yogis and fighter pilots share a common fear: turning upside-down for the first time. At Yoga Sakti, however, instructors have installed a yoga wall that acts as a fail-safe for students who want to practice their inversions. A system of straps and props support pupils as they attempt advanced postures or strive to overcome physical difficulties, such as back problems. An aid for beginners and experts alike, the wall also acts as a symbol of the large studio's welcoming, encouraging atmosphere.
When they aren't manning the wall, yoga instructors lead classes in a wide variety of styles, from heated Vinyasa sequences to mellow gentle-stretch sessions or even mellower Nap in Your Parked Car seminars. Variety is a major theme running through the gym's curriculum: TRX routines bookend spin classes and ballet-barre workouts or combine with kettlebell swings to form one of several combo classes. For a more meditative visit, guests can explore the onsite wellness center, where massage, acupuncture, and hypnosis therapy aim to calm the mind.
The body can be affected by its environment, and when surrounded by other people who are in an extremely relaxed state, a person’s body begins to relax as well. It is this principle on which the shared treatment room at North Shore Community Acupuncture operates. Acupuncture patients lay back fully clothed on zero-gravity recliners as the needles do their work. Balance plays a large role in the acupuncture practice of head acupuncturist Stephanie Kula and her board-certified staff, who treat patients according to the theory of five-element acupuncture. This theory is based in the fundamental elements of nature—wood, fire, earth, metal, and water—which, when out of balance, can cause sickness and a shift in over overall well-being.
Advanced Allergy Centers of New England’s medical experts zero in on irritants via contemporary equipment that safely employs noninvasive, holistic techniques. Initial visits last about an hour and begin by cuffing wrists with a bracelet that emits digital signals emulating more than 160,000 allergens. Common mimicked irritants released from the band include shellfish, latex, food additives, pet dander, and car alarms. The system records bodily reactions to each faux-irritant and tags substances that caused distress. Patients select the most vexing allergy for about 30-minute treatments, during which professionals unleash the chosen stressor while simultaneously enlisting an artho-stim instrument––a low-level laser––to apply positive stimuli to specific appendages. Pleasant feelings spur the brain to churn out euphoria-inducing chemicals that reprogram bodies to keep their cool when encountering real-world allergens or MMA champions. Some patrons procure long-term results within the first few treatments, but up to 12 may be needed to completely conquer symptoms, such as rashes, fatigue, wheezing, and headaches.
A power-flow yoga studio and life-coaching center, Ajna Yoga Center is all about awareness. This awareness is about the mind as much the body—each yoga class, though an athletic workout, starts and ends with mind-body awareness practices. These are meant to bring self-awareness not only to the practice of yoga, but also to students’ overall lives. The center’s life coach uses compassion and guidance to help clients reach their full potential. In addition to regular weekly yoga classes, students can also learn the basics of heated, power-flow yoga at an eight-week workshop.