Before she became a licensed massage therapist, Connie Dale learned how to reduce tension and ease repetitive injuries at the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy. She uses that education and her experience to mitigate aliments ranging from shin splints and tennis elbow to carpal tunnel syndrome. Connie can also treat frozen shoulder—a condition that hampers mobility and often occurs when a snowman gives you a massage. In addition to reducing headaches, fibromyalgia pain, and tight muscles with Swedish and deep tissue techniques, she also treats children and soothes cancer patients. Connie's also been known to visit hospitals and Special Olympics events to give patients and competitors relaxing chair massages.
Marisa Fanelli's first close-up encounter with Western medicine was at the age of 17, when her mother fell ill, and it was riddled with disappointments. Misdiagnoses, ineffective medications and surgeries, and most importantly, doctors' apathy toward her mother's personal well-being, discouraged Marisa. But her negative experience with modern medicine culminated in something positive: an exploration of acupuncture. At Healing Point Therapeutics, Marisa not only uses acupuncture to heal her clients mentally and physically, but she also offers other treatments in the same vein. These treatments include hypnotherapy—which she sometimes blends with acupuncture—cupping, and Gua Sha, a massage-like practice.
In Balance owner Sarra Forrester blends a touch of emotional wellbeing into her therapeutic massage sessions. By delivering pain relief, she hopes to promote overall health in her clients' lives. Formally trained in massage techniques, she can perform Swedish, shiatsu, and sports massages, along with Eastern techniques including Thai herbal compress and reflexology.
As an avid outdoorsman, Christopher Duffey has taken his share of bumps and bruises. He's dislocated his shoulder three times, broken his collar bone, and was once paralyzed from his neck to his hip. But instead of slowing him down, these experiences have only strengthened his resolve to learn new ways to help others recover from illness and sports-related injuries.
Today, Christopher is a wellness triple-threat—a holistic healer, massage therapist, and certified personal trainer. At Phoenix Alternative Therapies, he draws on these skills during cupping sessions, pressure point therapy, and more than 12 types of massages, including trigger point therapy and acupressure. Additionally, he can also perform a movement assessment, during which, he checks basic movement patterns to help identify how likely a person is to injure themselves or develop a chronic case of dance fever.
The connection between Beth Ferruccio's and Meg Francis's work is as intuitive as the connection between body and mind. Beth, a yoga teacher of six years certified in Yogafit, teaches body-strengthening poses for students at different stages of their lives, whether they're silver foxes or moms-to-be. Meg, on the other hand, uses her sonorous voice to coax minds into relaxed meditation. Her lilting mantras help with feelings as mundane as everyday stress or as devastating as grief. Within the stone-walled haven of Breathe Wellness studio, the pair work together from opposite ends of the wellness spectrum to bring balance to lives of clients.
Veronica Boske of Ameyal Holistic Health inspires her clients to study, train, and work for the healthy life they want. Her health and weight loss coaching programs aim to help clients of all ages and fitness levels improve their overall wellness by following customized fitness plans, preparing nutritious recipes, and setting realistic goals. Instead of focusing on dietary changes or exercise regimes alone, she analyzes every aspect of a client's life, from their stress level to their sleep patterns to how many life-size donuts they run into on their way to work.
During coaching sessions, Boske draws upon the experience she gained in the Health Coach Training Program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. There, she studied more than 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and coaching methods. She also learned from a number of well-known wellness experts, including Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University.