Medford Muscular Therapy Centre has been restoring function and peace to overworked muscles since it opened in 1994. That healing tradition continues today, as four nationally certified therapists employ multiple techniques to keep patrons' tension at bay. Deep-tissue massages strategically knead sore spots, and specially designed prenatal and infant massages soothe new mothers and children who just emerged from their cocoons. Reiki, acupuncture, and energy work blend holistic healing techniques with more traditional massage treatments.
The aestheticians at Forever Young Day Spa & Laser Center seamlessly integrate medical technology into treatments that balance both skin and body. To ensure that the journey toward hair-free limbs and winkle-free brows is safe and efficient, the team relies on FDA-cleared lasers and cosmetic injections. Meanwhile, nimble hands wield hair-fine acupuncture needles, deliver flowing effleurage strokes, and place hot stones with precision to reap both physical and mental benefits. Traditional facials deploy serums rich in botanically derived antioxidants and vitamins from skincare lines such as Credentials to empty pores and rejuvenate complexions. More advanced counterparts use low-level electrical and sonic frequencies to boost skin elasticity and rid the dermal surface of bacteria and pigmentation.
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.
The team of licensed acupuncturists at Open Space Community Acupuncture don't knock when they're about to enter the room. That's because there's only one treatment room here, as the center specializes in communal acupuncture. In a comforting group setting, the professionals insert sterile needles into the body in an effort to boost qi, or the body's life energy. Aside from community acupuncture being better suited for a family reunion, its main difference from private acupuncture is its accessibility. Due to Open Space's arrangement, the staff members can see more patients and charge less per visit. Case in point, their treatments are priced on a sliding scale between $20?$40.
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.
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.