Since graduating from New York Chiropractic College in the mid 1980s, doctor of chiropractic Peter G. Hill developed an itch for understanding and treating automotive- and sports-related injuries. To scratch it, he attends conferences and forums on concussions, which are typically less conspicuous than other injuries such as a whiplashed neck or deflated ego. Alongside injury recovery, Dr. Hill addresses all kinds of aches and pains with adjustments, muscle work, physical therapies, and nutritional counseling.
Dr. Yi Luo’s grandfather spent his 97 years of life helping those with medical needs. And for the past 15 years, Dr. Luo has continued his legacy by healing patients with alternative therapies, such as cupping, tui na massage, noninsertion acupuncture, and herbal medicine.
Kristen Melanson believes in the power of energy to affect our daily lives. She believes that both positive and negative energy affect us at the cellular level, and so she practices energy medicine to help correct that negative energy. In her calming studio, Kristen—a certified reiki master—helps direct healing energy toward her clients by placing her hands over specific points on the body. In this way, she helps clients with everything from chronic pain to emotional trauma, and assists the body in healing itself.
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.
For more than 30 years, Dr. Bruce Hirsch has been treating a wide range of corporeal pains with a multidisciplinary approach that combines chiropractic treatments and acupuncture. Migraines, back and neck pain, and general bodily malaise all fall within the healing scope of Dr. Hirsch's strategically placed needles and chiropractic adjustments. Aside from medical issues, Dr. Hirsch can also address aesthetics, using acupuncture to promote the skin's healing process to smooth wrinkles and even the complexion. By getting to the heart of patients’ aches and pains, Dr. Hirsch’s aims not to alleviate symptoms, but to eliminate problems at their core.
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.