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Swiss-Italian Immigrant Brings Healing to Sarasota

Posted: October 11th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Employer & Student Visas, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Fiorenza Arigoni is a Sarasota immigrant who decided to trade the shores of Lake Maggiore in Switzerland for the shores of the Gulf Coast.  She is also a licensed massage therapist and acupuncturist.  She relieves pain in others.  How she went from the Swiss Alps to Gulf Coast beaches is a story of hard work and perseverance.

Sarasota Immigrant Fiorenza Arigoni

Sarasota Immigrant Fiorenza Arigoni

Fiorenza grew up in the Italian Alps speaking 3 languages; French, German, and Italian.  When she was 22 she spent a year in the States and quickly felt at home.  She enjoyed the energy and the feeling of great potential.  She couldn’t stay in the US at that time so she returned to Switzerland, started a small business selling ice cream, and started a family.

10 years later two friends of Fiorenza’s made the move to the States, started a new business, Life Force Academy, and wrote back telling her she should come over too.  With the marriage ending and 4 young children she decided it was time to look for new opportunities.  She moved to the US to live and work.

Once she arrived she immediately began studying.  The ice cream business was no longer for her, she wanted to relieve pain in others, so she went first to Massage Therapy School and later to Acupuncture School.  She obtained student visas for her children and kept renewing B-1/B-2 Visitor Visas for herself.  This uncertain situation continued for several years while Fiorenza worked to obtain her license.

Fiorenza’s legal status stabilized in 2000 when Life Force Academy sponsored her for an H-1B Work Visa to work for them as an acupuncturist.  One year later she applied for obtained a Green Card.  A few years after that she obtained US citizenship.

Today Fiorenza makes house calls on behalf of Life Force Academy.  She helps Sarasota residents free themselves from pain through acupuncture and massage therapy.  She absolutely loves what she does and it shows.  Her clients have written such testimonials as:

26 years ago I had Colles fracture on my right wrist. I had many different treatments, including 5 injections on my cervical spine, without results. After 26 years, Fiorenza gave me relief with acupuncture; my hand straightened out and I can use it and my fingers normally. She also takes care of my arthritis and my old age aches and pains. My sinus pain disappears within minutes from the acupuncture treatments.

Fiorenza Arigoni combines her background as a skilled massage therapist with her expertise as a licensed acupuncturist beautifully. Her knowledge about the workings of the human body, from both Western and Eastern perspectives, is a boon to us, her clients, in the maintenance of all-around good health. 

She plans to continue working for Life Force Academy and expanding her client base.  She is truly living her dream.

To contact Fiorenza visit her website: or call: 941-284-6476.