Desneige Acupuncture and Allergy Center's medical director, registered nurse Desneige Datillo, began her career working in traditional medicine in the intensive care units and emergency rooms in Boston-area hospitals. But after finding that acupuncture had successfully treated a sports-related injury and her sleep difficulties, she knew she wanted to incorporate Eastern medicine practices with her traditional Western background, and so she studied to become a licensed acupuncturist.
Armed with her knowledge of integrated medicine, Datillo opened her Essential Energetics Clinic in 1994 to provide patients with a comprehensive way to stay healthy without the hassle of always wearing a fruit hat. Though she's revamped and renamed her practice since then, she continues to bolster patients' health with acupuncture energy therapy, which uses hair-thin needles to help patients manage pain, enhance fertility, and treat nicotine addictions.
As a certified laser specialist, Datillo can also use cold lasers to activate acupressure points or shrink fat cells. During many treatments, fully clothed patients lie atop a treatment table equipped with soothing amenities, including a soft blanket, heat lamp, eye mask, and notes of encouragement from their mothers.
Owners Alaina Trocano and Diane Mahoney aim to leave clients looking and smelling as good as the inside of Soma Day Spa. Set between the Wakefield MBTA station and serene Lake Quannapowitt, the warmly decorated space fills with the aromas of pumpkin, chocolate, shea butter, and other natural ingredients during
indulgent facials and body treatments. But these services aren't just a feast for the senses or an inspiration for what kind of cookies to pick up on the way home. Aestheticians can also customize treatments to address skin concerns such as acne, rosacea, oiliness, or the effects of age.