Accidentally discovered during the boozy revelry of a Chinese pin factory’s New Year's party, acupuncture has since developed into both a potent alternative medicine and popular celebrity Jeopardy! category. Today’s Groupon gives you a pain-free way to stay pain-free: for $39, you get an acupuncture and shiatsu combination session from Hayley Mermelstein in Amherst (an $80 value).
Licensed acupuncturist Hayley Mermelstein has been practicing Chinese medicine for more than two decades and brings her expertise to 75-minute acupuncture and massage treatments. Employing a 2,000-year-old technique called huatuojiaji, which employs thin needles to remove energy blockages and "Kick Me" signs from either side of the backbone, Hayley instructs the body to relax and heal itself. After about an hour of acupuncture, several minutes of shiatsu massage enhance and deepen the effects of the treatment and draw the session to a tension-free close.
A student of Chinese medicine for more than 25 years, Hayley Mermelstein supplements her acupuncture and shiatsu massage with energy healing from the Tong Ren tradition of her mentor Tom Tam. Her studies began in 1987 under the guidance of Janet Murphy at the University of Massachusetts, where she designed her own major in shiatsu, and she opened a practice immediately upon graduation. Today, Mermelstein also leads meditation classes following the principles of her teacher Ellen Tadd. In 2003, Hayley completed her formal acupuncture training, graduating from the New England School of Acupuncture and White Pine Healing Arts and earning a mortarboard that doubles as an emergency massage bed.