Health & Fitness in Bluffton

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The Shoemaker clan has been sailing around the East Coast since the 1600s, making the family as native to South Carolina as the state's alligators and seaside bluffs resembling John C. Calhoun. After inheriting an in-depth aquatic knowledge from his father, who spent 25 years as a commercial fisherman, Captain Chris Shoemaker?a Coast Guard?licensed captain?conveys that love of the water to even more generations by leading fishing, shrimping, and crabbing excursions on his 24-foot Carolina Skiff boat. Collectively known as May River Excursions, Captain Chris and his crew make twice-daily trips to Daufuskie Island, a rustic, historical idyll with a single schoolhouse, dirt roads, and wild bald eagles, armadillos, and alligators that still comprise the island's local constabulary. The guides also lead regular 90-minute tours along the May River in search of ospreys, egrets, and dolphins, always including a history lesson about the country surrounding the towns of Bluffton and Hilton Head.

81 Calhoun St.
Bluffton,
SC
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Since Dr. Stanley Pearle opened the doors to the first Pearle Vision in 1961, the franchise has expanded to more than 800 stores nationwide. In these stores, optometrists assess the ocular health of patients before onsite opticians help them navigate the assortment of frames from brands such as Versace, Ray-Ban, and DKNY. If they're not in the store, clients can utilize the Try-On tool, uploading a photo to see what they or their dog looks like in different types of glasses. Pearle Vision also helps focus the world with contacts from Acuvue and Biofinity.

3 Malphrus Rd
Bluffton,
SC
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Designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer, Crescent Pointe Golf Club’s 18-hole, 6,773-yard course takes golfers on a journey through the shadows of skyscraping pines and oaks amid the unfurled petals of blooming magnolias. Generous fairways provide ample runways for flush drives and golf-obsessed extra terrestrials, and the course compensates with dramatically sloped, elevated greens with enough subtle breaks to give any smooth-putting golflete a case of the yips. The par 71 presents birdie opportunities at all three of its par 5's, though each one will challenge club-flailing composure with forced-carry water hazards. Expansive beach bunkers threaten to ensnare wayward balls on several holes, where conservative players would be wise to simply wedge the ball back into the fairway and pay a one-stroke fealty to their despotic sand-trap rakes. To prepare for rounds, divoteers can straighten out unsightly slices and snap-hooks at the club’s driving range or sign up for a lesson with PGA professional Stephen Neville.

Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par 71 course designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer

  • Length of 6,773 yards from the farthest tees

  • Three tee options available

  • Link to scorecard

1 Crescent Point Dr
Bluffton,
SC
US

YogiVeda founder Carrie Wandall, who studied yoga and Ayurvedic therapy as a child, creates a community where students can plumb Eastern and Western traditions to treat the mind and body. During sessions in the signature yoga style Carrie created, Nataraja Vinyasa, instructors incorporate moments of meditation into a dynamic sequence of physically challenging postures. Outside of the practice room, the studio’s staff also promotes holistic health by proffering alternative treatment options, such as reiki energy therapy and soothing aromatherapy with essential oils harvested from beloved teddy bears.

163 Bluffton Road
Bluffton,
SC
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Led by Lindsay Senalik, Doctor of Chiropractic, the licensed joint-crackers at Atlantic Chiropractic attend to misaligned spines and tight muscles with traditional chiropractic and muscle-work techniques. Tension and tight knots succumb to professionally soothing ministrations during an hour-long Swedish massage, which blankets the muscles with long, gentle strokes, whisking away bothersome kinks and quieting stress like the mute button on a baby. Spines prone to pain and discomfort prepare to sing with relief during a one-hour chiropractic exam and consultation, in which the doctor examines misplaced spinal bones to lay out a plan of attack for conquering corporeal problems. Once the chiropractor identifies problem areas and assigns each its appropriate silly nickname, three adjustments of one to five spinal regions aim to ease aches and pains.

386D Mark Cummings Rd
Hardeeville,
SC
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Optical Solutions’ expert staff members clarify customers’ surroundings with an extensive selection of designer eyewear. While exploring an extensive collection of blur reducers, customers can consult with a licensed optician to find a set of frames suitable for personal style and comfort levels. Prescription sunglasses by Nautica help bolster precision during outdoor activities such as golf games, archery tournaments, or beehive-juggling contests. Frames by Aspex feature innovative components, such as magnetic clips to keep track of glasses when not in use, and designs from Vera Bradley come with fashionable protective cases. An on-site laboratory allows Optical Solutions' expert technicians to provide next-day service for many orders, and glasses can be upgraded to include UV protection, antireflective surface coatings, and windshield wipers to guard against unexpected storms of sad movies.

6 Promenade Street
Bluffton,
SC
US