Licensed chiropractor Dr. Mary Basler believes that true wellness is all-encompassing, and it requires all parts—especially bones, muscles, and nerves—to be in balance. Because of this outlook, she takes a whole-person approach to developing treatment plans for her patients, combining hands-on chiropractic techniques with nutritional counseling, lifestyle guidance, corrective exercises, natural vitamins and minerals, and physiological therapies. The success stories featured on her practice’s website speak to her thorough healing methods, with one client saying that she “[works] wonders by addressing all the obvious and not-so-obvious sources of discomfort and unease.
Opus Acupuncture believes in treating patients holistically, applying their expertise in Oriental medicine to assuage ailments without medications or surgery. Educating their patients about their health is important to them—a staff member sits down with each to discuss options, goals, and the intricacies of the stock market before beginning treatment plans. During acupuncture sessions, thin needles are inserted along the body's energy pathways in order to encourage blood flow and reduce tension.
Doctors Christopher Caliri, Holly Norton, and Angela Ciresi work to locate spinal out-of-wackness and come up with a treatment plan to address the problem. Chiropractic is a safe, completely natural form of healthcare that corrects the causes of physical ailments instead of treating the symptoms, so the body is equipped to heal itself. Both spine shops treat adults, and the East Greenwich location specializes in pediatric care.
Through the art of Reiki, Vedic Bee Healing owner Kim Symock helps people to relax, reduce pain, and even improve their self-esteem. Reiki is a stress-reducing spiritual technique with roots in Japanese alternative medicine—but the practice can be used in conjunction with any traditional treatments. During a Reiki session, a person will lay down while a practitioner uses light touching or hand-hovering, unleashing energy and encouraging self-healing. Afterwards, you might find yourself sleeping better, enjoying sharper intuition, and feeling happier. If you're interesting in learning how to perform Reiki for yourself, Kim teaches students the basics of the practice during classes.
For many people, the phrase "pins and needles" does not provoke relaxing thoughts. Acupuncture and Hypnosis's diplomate of acupuncture Steven Boyd strives to subvert that instinct with his community-style acupuncture sessions. In a group space, clients rest fully clothed atop comfortable recliners while Boyd inserts hair-thin needles at meridian points all over the body. These needles are intended to strengthen the body's flow of energy at crucial junctures. This redirected energy, or qi, can affect overall health by reducing pain and stress, enhancing energy and digestion.
After running a reiki and reflexology booth at a health expo, Joanne Salem decided to create a permanent wellness center. She officially opened the doors to Changing Lives in 2010, and since then she has helped to reduce numerous clients' aches and stress levels through advanced healing and relaxation techniques. Joanne has experience working with all manner of people, with past clients including a woman who previously wouldn't let anyone touch her feet and another woman whose plantar fasciitis was so severe that she felt like she "was walking on rocks."
Changing Lives also regularly hosts wellness-related events and seminars, led by Joanne or a life-sized cutout of Richard Simmons.
Santosha Yoga Studio and Holistic Center provides ancient yoga practices with modern context, creating unity between past and present. In doing so, the studio embodies union, or "the true meaning of yoga," as explained in Santosha's business philosophy. Holistic services, which include therapeutic massage and acupuncture, root out pain and promote openness. Yoga and fitness classes further support wellness to help patrons discover greater ease of movement. Although instructors do not require yoga students to chant during practice, they do encourage it and even provide resources on the topic. Transcripts and translations of common chants include call-and-response mantras and campfire kumbayas.