Mindfulness and Experiential Practices

“Mindfulness practice means that we commit fully in each moment to be present; inviting ourselves to interface with this moment in full awareness, with the intention to embody as best we can an orientation of calmness, mindfulness, and equanimity right here and right now.” -Jon Kabat-Zinn

Nina Cerviatti

About Nina Cerviatti

A seasoned wellness and fitness instructor, Nina comes to Lake Ave Recovery with the goal of helping clients reach their highest potential through the union of body, mind and spirit through the practices of Yoga, Reiki, Tai Chi, Qi-Gong, and Mindful Meditation. Nina is committed to total body wellness and believes it cannot be achieved without training the mind first. She has extensive experience working with those in recovery but shares an equal passion of working with youth.

At Lake Ave Recovery, we are proud to offer more mindfulness and experiential services than any other rehab center in Boston, MA or the surrounding area. We believe that for one to truly heal, they must heal both internally and externally.


Qi-Gong is a healing system originating in China. Through movement and breath, it  promotes the cultivation of energy to help to cleanse, strengthen and restore the natural flow in the body, mind and spirit.


Yoga involves postures, stretches, breathing exercises, and guided meditation to improve mental and physical health. Yoga is said to help alleviate feelings of anxiety and depression and also physical pain.


Tai Chi

Tai-Chi Yang style is graceful meditation though relaxing, soothing, slow and fluid movement. It is a whole body, mind , and spirit experience, restoring the body to its original “program”, uncorrupted by stress, pollution and disease.


Meditation involves concentration techniques to focus on a particular object to quiet the mind. Through meditation we increase awareness, and achieve mental clarity and an emotionally calm and stable state 

Mindful Self-Compassion

MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful tool for emotional resilience. Self-compassion involves responding to struggles with kindness and sympathy so that we soothe and comfort ourselves when we are hurting.



Reiki is a form of therapy that uses simple hands-on, or no-touch and visualization techniques, with the goal of improving the flow of life energy and well being in a person, helping to alleviate emotional or physical pain.


Animal Assisted Therapy

Animal Assisted Therapy, when used in conjunction with traditional treatment methods for substance use disorders, has shown to have a positive and powerful impact on morale and mood in recovery and help alleviate stress and other triggers that often lead to relapse.

Expressive Arts Therapy

Our Expressive Arts Therapy Program  incorporates a variety of methods, including painting, drawing, photography and music, for clients to display their ingenuity and imagination while practicing introspection and safe coping skills.

Recovery on the Lake

We take treatment on the water with Lake Ave Recovery’s very own pontoon boat. In addition, with our partnership with Regatta Point Sailing, clients have access to sailing and kayaking walking distance from the treatment center.

Strength and Fitness

Physical fitness plays a key role in long-term recovery success, which is why we have incorporated it into our treatment program. Revive of the USA’s mobile fitness unit allows our clients to exercise safely while also learning essential tips to implement post-program.