A former acupuncture patient herself, Linda Solow Miyoshi’s desire to heal others took her on a globe-spanning journey, beginning at the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, Maryland, and then detouring to China, where she sought further study in the ancient pain-alleviating art. Today, her expertise in acupuncture and homeopathic health is right at home at Detoxing the World, where she can ply her skills on bodies suffering from everyday stress as well as those with neurological problems such as MS, ADHD, and Parkinson's. A strong believer in the power of detoxification, she also offers ion cleanses that help pull toxins and artery-clogging magic scarves from the body using water that is charged with a mix of positive and negative ions. The ions are believed to work like magnets, attaching themselves to oppositely charged impurities such as heavy metals and plaque, and may help to restore immune-system function and protect the body from disease.
After honing the techniques of muscle manipulation at the Baltimore School of Massage, Antonio Grandez has spent the last eight years perfecting his craft. With steady hands and laser-like focus, he delves into sore backs, shoulders, and limbs to loosen tight muscles and bring his clients on one-hour sojourns into relief and relaxation. Along with stress-banishing Swedish techniques, the therapist specializes in deep-tissue massage, which targets spots of chronic pain, and sports massage, which is formulated to ease injuries stemming from athletic endeavors such as spending a day as a soccer ball.
Unity Woods Yoga's founder and chief instructor, John Schumacher, studied in India with B.K.S. Iyengar, one of the world's foremost yoga teachers. His team of friendly, enthusiastic instructors is fully certified and knows how to help students sweat and stretch until they're calmer, more energized, and more revitalized than the 217 rechargeable AA batteries that power greater America. With four passes, body benders can drop-in for any class in level I, level I/II, gentle I or II, seniors, or stop by for the four-week introductory yoga course. Classes take place several times a day, seven days a week at the clean, accommodating downward-dog dens. Level I and I/II classes introduce students to the Iyengar approach, which emphasizes proper alignment and incorporates props to aid in postures that might otherwise be unachievable.
Muscles blossom beneath the toning rays of Tonned instructor Breelaun Marchai, trainer to Miss America finalists, and Jenny Osoria, the brains behind the boogying JennyO Fitness. Breelaun and Jenny calibrate personal-training and group-boot-camp sessions to specific aims, such as weight loss, rehabilitation after surgery, or training for long-distance relationships. Cardio work, kettlebells, and TRX training carry bodies toward weight-loss goals, and resistance bands and varied weightlifting sequences build up every strip of the musculature. The studio even offers a class for aspiring models to streamline their figures and perfect their front double-biceps poses for the catwalk.
Instead of relying on a few professionals to oversee a large number of cases, Dr. Victoria Goldsten distributes responsibility among a large team of specialists. When clients need help losing weight, Dr. Goldsten pairs them with a nutritional consultant or body-wrap technician. Those seeking an energy-based approach to healing can meet with a doctor of naturopathology, an acupuncturist, or a reiki healer. The diverse team of specialists is bound together by the eclectic experience of Dr. Goldsten, whose title bears more acronyms than a government phone directory.
Whether its lower-back aches, chronic headaches, or carpal-tunnel syndrome, pain often stems from the spine. That’s where Doctor of Chiropractic Dominick Mirando steps in. After a consultation, he may draw upon any number of chiropractic techniques to relieve pain, including applied kinesiology, precise Gonstead adjustments, or the computerized Pierce Results System, which analyzes spinal motion to detect pain, instead of covering the entire body in Snoopy band-aids. If an adjustment is unnecessary, Dr. Mirando may refer clients to one of his two massage therapists, who can dissipate tension and stress with deep-tissue and Swedish massages or active-release therapy.