The team of eye experts at Maz Optical has brought the world back into focus for more than two decades. Skilled opticians zero in on any sign of eye disease and calibrate fresh prescriptions for patients no longer able to see properly. Patients then take their new recipe for eyewear to experienced technicians, who help them order contacts or select frames from designers such as Prada, Coach, and Bebe. The professionals can answer questions about progressive lenses, give advice on protective coatings, and weigh in on which lenses are most likely to crack if worn to the opera.
Thirty years ago, Concerned Dental Care was founded with the philosophy that dentists should concern themselves with people first and foremost. The staff's dedication to their patients fueled the practice's growth, and today a team of dentists and hygienists adheres to that original vision as they set about their work tending to teeth at six different offices.
Friendly advice about oral hygiene accompanies each tooth cleaning. Low-radiation digital x-rays help the staff take a closer look at patients' dental health without shrinking themselves down and taking a hike through clients' molars. Then, the doctors work with their patients to address any problems by poring over the practice's sizable array of treatment options to find the right course of action. In addition to regular dental upkeep, the staff can shine up smiles with cosmetic services such as teeth whitening and porcelain veneers.
Over the course of his decades-long chiropractic tenure, Dr. Eugene Faillace has addressed corporeal concerns with a broad repertoire of chiropractic modalities, including trigger-point therapy in conjunction with an Anatomotor decompression table. Infrared light therapy, nutritional counseling, and aerobic cart-wheeling represent a mere slice of his holistic chiropractic philosophy, which combines modern technologies with time-honored spine-adjusting techniques.
Ballet Long Island, a nonprofit professional ballet company that focuses on bringing affordable ballet performances to its community, has been doing just that since 1985. The consummate dancers, many of whom have studied in the organization’s training and education programs, unleash performances throughout the year across several stages, from Disney-themed shows such as Snow White and Sleeping Beauty to original numbers.
The trainers at Limitless Athletics have one goal: improvement. That means always aiming to be better than yesterday. They achieve this lofty goal with fitness classes such as High Intensity Training, which blends elements of TRX, CrossFit, weightlifting, speedwork, and athletic regimens to create one serious megaworkout. Theirs is an eclectic schedule that also includes MMA classes, lacrosse clinics, and yoga. Many of the same programs are available for kids, too, ensuring children develop discipline and healthy habits early.
Self-improvement. It starts from within, but a little help from the outside is often necessary. That's what physicist, certified hypnotist, and reiki master Lily Lale Yilmaz does every day. She employs hypnosis, allowing her clients to dive deep into their subconscious to discover the obstacles blocking their path to self-improvement, whether that means quitting smoking, losing wait, or overcoming phobias. Lily also helps clients overcome grief and loss, learn new job skills, and even find relief from physical pain.
Essence of Yoga Studio feels like a sacred space. Amid its polished honey-colored floors and warm, earth-toned walls, certified instructors teach Hatha and Vinyasa-flow yoga to students of all skill levels. Believing that the mind is just as important as the body, the instructors help students gain strength and flexibility in an atmosphere of support and acceptance.
TryKickboxingNow.com's self-defense classes are more than just kickboxing sessions. Their courses blend traditional kickboxing, muay thai, boxing, karate, and interval training to burn fat and build muscle. In order to make it easy for exercisers to learn the kicks and punches of the sport, sessions take place at affiliate gyms across the country.
Brick Fit House is a place to focus. There's no loud music, and owner Keith describes the gym as "no-frills." What exercisers do find there, however, are experienced personal trainers and lots of equipment—rarely with any wait, says Keith—that beckon gym members to work independently.
Instructors at CrossFit Suffolk work to strengthen their students with kettlebell swings, dead lifts, and cardio exercises. They scale the workout load and intensity to each student’s fitness level, from elderly students to cage fighters.
Devin Ford, the co-owner of CrossFit Transcend, has competed in CrossFit Games regional competitions five times. On top of that, he has received CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Gymnastics, and CrossFit Running and Endurance certifications. Thanks to his decorated CrossFit career, he understands an important fitness truth: every exerciser is different. That's why he and his team at CrossFit Transcend supply students with personalized workouts, including CrossFit's Workout of the Day. The full-body workouts typically consist of functional movements, such as squatting and giving a round of applause.
A ringleader at Venice California’s Muscle Beach, Joe Gold founded World Gym in 1976, creating what would become an iconic spot for Hollywood’s brawniest bunch, including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno. Today, that gym is a worldwide franchise spanning more than a dozen countries. World Gym in Ronkonkoma comes with all the perks clients have come to expect from the franchise, including a free-weight room stacked with dumbbells, barbells, and plenty of plates. Cardio addicts can head to one of several group classes, such as spotlight cycle, which utilizes stationary bikes for heart-racing, indoor exercise. After a workout, exercisers can grab a towel and a snack or re-energize with a drink from the juice bar.
"The finest blade stays in the scabbard." It might seem counterintuitive to relate this mantra to a sword-fighting technique, but it rules the Iaido sword combat class at Okami Dojo. That's because the most important aspect of Iaido is avoiding bloodshed altogether. When combat is inevitable, Iaido teaches practitioners to control each movement precisely: removal of sword from scabbard, strike, wiping the blade clean, and re-sheathing it.
Along with Iaido, the dojo's instructors also teach another Japanese-born martial art: jujutsu. Through forceful pins, locks, and throws, a jujutsu practitioner can incapacitate an armed opponent with ease.
The accomplished instructors at Primal Strength - New York have something in common: once upon a time, they each found themselves half buried in empty fast-food cartons. Getting into fitness changed all that. Today, Tristan and Jeff help guide clients down the road toward fuller, healthier living. The trainers are certified in using kettlebell weights, which provide an interesting and exciting change of pace from traditional workouts.
Skeletons never get a day off. As the framework of the body, they're responsible for keeping us upright and mobile. Sometimes, that responsibility comes at a cost. Enter the chiropractic experts of the Chrio-Network. Using their extensive knowledge of the skeletal system and the nuanced adjustments required to keep it up and running, they help clients manage everything from chronic pain and mobility problems to sleep problems and migraines.