Acupuncture treatments are used to relieve pain, increase energy, and improve well-being, unlike normal puncture treatments, which are only used when patients are filled with helium. Let your ailments float away with today's Groupon: for $25, you get an acupuncture and shiatsu massage combination session from Hayley Mermelstein in Amherst (a $75 value). This Groupon is valid for new clients only.
Licensed acupuncturist Hayley Mermelstein culls from her more than 20 years of Chinese-medicine practice to treat clients in a comprehensive fashion. The approximately 75-minute acupuncture segues smoothly from consultation to the implementation of the Huatuojiaji system, which pinpoints blockages straddling the spinal column. Following the precise pricking, a 5- to 10-minute shiatsu massage adds another layer of relaxation with digging fingers and grinding palms. A five-minute energy healing concludes the session, which collectively aids in the alleviation of stress, anxiety, depression, pain, and the urge to abandon coin collecting.
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.