If your resolution to lose weight or quit smoking has failed, AcuLaser Treatment and Wellness Centre is ready to get you back on track naturally

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Luciana McCartney’s AcuLaser Treatment Centre can help put you on a path to wellness. Services include laser acupuncture to promote quitting smoking, lymphatic drainage massage, weight loss and more. (Photography: Felicia Vargo)

By Patricia Nugent

If you’re reading this story, which publishes on January 19, or what’s statistically known as “quitter’s day,” you’ve probably joined the 98 million people who have already ended their New Year’s resolution to exercise and lose weight, according to data analyzed in a study published in 2019 by the fitness app Strava.

“February and March are our busiest months of the year for good reason,” says laser acupuncture specialist Luciana McCartney, who founded the AcuLaser Treatment and Wellness Centre in Brecksville. “People have tried all month to lose weight on their own and failed. It might not even be a question of willpower. They may have the will to improve, but not the means. For those who have tried and failed—no worries—we are here to pick up the pieces and put you on a path to wellness.”

A Natural Approach to Weight Loss
“It’s a new year and people are looking for a fresh start,” she says. “Our Weight Health Program includes low-level laser therapy to stimulate pressure points on the body that curb food cravings and sugar withdrawal, and rev up the metabolism and detox cells. Lymphatic drainage massage is part of the program since it helps rid the body of metabolic waste. Our natural approach encourages your body’s systems to work more efficiently. My clients have had fabulous success losing weight and looking at their diet in a more positive way.”

Luciana McCartney is a laser acupuncture specialist. The treatments she provides stimulate acupressure points so the body can release endorphins and lower cortisol levels.

The 90-day program includes three monthly laser treatments and one lymphatic drainage massage. It begins with a consultation. Luciana meets one-on-one with the client to find out about his or her eating habits. She gives them a helpful booklet with eating recommendations to follow.

“Your body goes through a fundamental shift when you eliminate harmful things like sugar,” she explains. “Laser acupuncture helps rebalance the body. Weight loss is a positive side effect.”

Purifying, Detoxifying
A beneficial component to the Weight Health Program, lymphatic drainage massage helps the body push out fluid and toxins at up to 10 times its normal rate.

“The lymphatic system is a network of lymph nodes and vessels that carry lymph fluid,” explains licensed massage therapist Lindsay Barringer, of Healnetic Therapy at the Centre. “An important part of the circulatory system and immune system, lymph carries metabolic waste through the system. If it’s not operating as it should, the body swells with inflammation.”

Another benefit to this form of massage is that it boosts metabolism and breaks up localized pockets of fat, or cellulite.

“The massage technique also helps with bloating, perfect for those who have overindulged over the holidays with sweet, salty and rich foods they normally don’t eat,” says Lindsay.

Joining lymphatic drainage, she has also recently added pregnancy massage to her repertoire of services.

“Since massage releases the ‘good’ hormones that regulate mood and release stress, pregnant women really benefit from it,” she says. “Massage also helps with excess swelling, which often occurs during pregnancy.”

Quitting Smoking
Another popular resolution is quitting smoking, and the clinicians at AcuLaser handle that, too, through laser acupuncture. The treatment stimulates pressure points related to cravings, withdrawal symptoms, anxiety and detoxification.

“In addition to cigarettes, I am seeing an alarming rise in clients who want to quit vaping,” says Luciana. “E-cigarettes contain highly addictive nicotine and a host of dangerous chemicals and aerosols that can cause serious damage to your lungs and cardiovascular system. Worse yet, people can vape indoors, anywhere, anytime, so unlike smoking there are fewer restrictions.”

AcuLaser Treatment and Wellness Centre is located at 7000 Fitzwater Road, Suite 230, in Brecksville. Call 440-740-1020 or visit AcuLaserTreatment.com for more information.