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.
This Groupon gently stretches your muscles and joints, a pleasant sensation sought after by every bungee cord, Laffy Taffy, and Stretch Armstrong. For $45, you get to drop into five yoga asana classes at Unity Woods anytime before December 20, a $100 value. Unity Woods is a prestigious 30-year-old yoga center with clean, spacious studios in four DC-area locations; this Groupon is good at all four: the Bethesda, Woodley Park, Tenleytown, or Arlington studios.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
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.
We learn early on from a children's song that the foot bone is connected to the leg bone, but the therapists at Total Release believe the feet are connected to the very essence of our well-being. That's why they practice reflexology, during which they apply pressure to specific reflex points on the feet and the hands to cause the nerve endings to transmit relaxing energy to distant organs of the body. Similarly, in the Chinese practice known as acupressure, the practitioner puts pressure on the body's 14 meridian points. Released from blockage, energy flows from these points to the brain and then to the rest of the body, where it powers the internal blender that lets you eat solid foods.
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.
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.