At Inner Strength Studios, seasoned instructors such as E-RYT 500 instructor Roman Szpond lead vinyasa yoga sessions for beginners, experts, and kids as young as five. Classes ranging from 60 to 90 minutes are held in heated rooms within Innerstrength's Boston studios, which were recently renovated after the Watertown location suffered fire damage. Aspiring teachers can take Innerstrength's 200-hour training program, which instills advanced yoga knowledge through classes, workshops, and a rollercoaster ride through a giant lotus. The studios also provide a slate of other services, such as personal training and massage therapy sessions.
The massage therapists at Herb Spa don’t focus on offering a head-spinning selection of services—instead, they give their undivided attention to making sure their techniques are highly effective. Both therapeutic and Swedish massage styles are employed to melt away stress and ease body aches, and a deep-tissue massage focuses on releasing deep-set knots within the muscles. Therapists help to further eliminate muscle aches with the use of water-heated hot stones, which aim to expand constricted vessels by increasing blood flow. To release built-up energy within the body, the studio's team relies on pressure-point therapy and singing Motown classics while massaging feet during reflexology sessions.
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.
The founder of Newton Chiropractic and Wellness Centre, Dr. Julie Burke and Dr. John Coleman believe that health is best pursued by reducing the risk of pain and illness rather than merely treating symptoms. With their fellow professionals, they help keep patrons limber and hale with NSA spinal adjustments, massage, HydroMassage and detox services. After helping with physical ailments, wellness coaching helps guests further enhance their quality of life, rethinking diets, exercise regimens, and the amount of time spent cursing at pigeons. Newton Chiropractic and Wellness Centre practices a unique “gentle touch” form of chiropractic, known as Network Spinal Analysis (NSA).
For more than 10 years, Stella Frishman has helped her visitors better their health through the art of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Her advanced training allows her to address a variety of mental and physical conditions, including allergies, back pain, and complications associated with nerve damage. Stella places an emphasis on safety and comfort, using pre-sterilized, single-use steel acupuncture needles and making herself available to answer any customer questions.
After earning a dual bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston, Latoya Lewis graduated from the Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics and Massage Therapy. Today, she specializes in reflexology, deep-tissue, Swedish, and sports massage, in which a cushion-footed baseball mascot walks on the client's back. Latoya prides herself on her level of empathy and intuition, always making the effort to understand clients' problems and constantly tailoring her services to the individual in her care. She often incorporates elements of trigger-point therapy and reflexology, as well as stretching and breathing exercises, into her massages. Past clients have included oncology patients and senior citizens, for whom she's developed ongoing therapy plans that she hopes will translate into broader, life-related changes.