One of the most popular yoga studios in the North End, the aptly-titled North End Yoga offers Pilates, barre classes, mysole style and vinyasa flow. Sessions here are offered at all levels, spanning the gamut from basic beginners to experienced yogis, with each class taking place inside one of three brightly painted rooms. They also feature an introductory 30-day new member monthly special, allowing uncertain exercisers the opportunity to work through North End’s variety of seated (and standing) postures, breathing practices and relaxation methods designed to strengthen and lengthen muscles. After an invigorating class, slow things down with an on-site massage provided by a licensed massage therapist or with a Rolf practitioner, who rubs out tension using knuckles and elbows to provide better balance and a revitalized body.
Many years ago, Frankie Boyer saw an advertisement for art classes that read “You Too Can Paint.” Why not give it a try, she thought, and enrolled. She was hooked after the very first class. To this day, Frankie still has a great passion for painting, an activity that fills her with a sense of joy and calm. It was this same passion that led her to open her own chapter of Matisse & Merlot in the hopes of hooking other artists.
Led by a pair of professional artists―French-born Jean-Pierre and Carolyn, a native Bostonian―painting classes from Matisse & Merlot Boston equip budding artists with everything they need to recreate popular paintings on their own canvases. Held at venues throughout the city, the classes include the necessary brushes and paints.
A certified personal trainer and the owner of Boston’s Bootcamp, Kelsey Raycroft sharpened her competitive spirit as a member of the U.S. synchronized-skating team, later channeling her figure-skating techniques to plan off-the-ice workouts. Her exercise programs have benefited clients from internationally ranked athletes to gym newbies, and at Boston's Bootcamp, she coaches students from all fitness backgrounds.
Boston's Bootcamp classes blend cardio intervals with resistance bands and body-weight moves to keep heart rates humming. From April through autumn, Kelsey leads her one-hour sessions on the greenway for a scenic view of the Boston skyline. Her enthusiasm for the outdoors also fuels training for Mud Run training for Spartan and Tough Mudder races.
After experiencing a very difficult time in her life, mother and entrepreneur Lauri Meizler was in search of a healthy start. She went down many paths to recover, but the results were less than optimal: instead of feeling energized, she found herself lethargic and underweight. It wasn?t until discovering cleansing and Ayurveda, one of the world's oldest medical systems, that life began to change. Soon thereafter, she adapted the teachings of the combination, and has since felt energetic, balanced, and in control of her life once again.
Lauri received certifications as a health coach in raw foods and Ayurveda and pairs the ancient Indian tradition?s holistic-wellness practices with modern nutrition training to help others optimize their health and well-being through eating a predominantly plant-rich diet. Her company, Joos, funnels these nutritious ingredients into bottles to help on-the-go people to build healthy, sustainable eating habits.
In flavors such as green lemonade, citrus refresh, and antioxidant blast, these wholesome potables teem with ingredients such as fresh-pressed, unpasteurized apples, ginger, and bok choy. Each bottle contains 10?14 types of garden-grown goodness, which amount to two times the daily requirement of fruits, veggies, and scarecrow smiles. The juices can fortify meals with vitamins and minerals or serve as the meals themselves during cleanses, which last 5?21 days. Cleanse participants can also drink in the support of a certified health coach/cleanse expert.
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After years of working as physical therapists in the Boston area, Joint Ventures co-owners Dan Brownridge and Dave Larson noticed one major aspect missing from in most clinics?a personal relationship between the healer and patient. The duo created Joint Ventures in an effort to bring those strong relationships to their community through advanced integrated healthcare clinics where each patient gets optimal one-on-one time with their physical therapists. At all seven locations, Dan and Dave?s more than 55 practitioners craft detailed treatment plans using the facility's four-lane pools and cardio and weight machines, including therapies ranging from acupuncture to massage, yoga, or personal training. Throughout each patient?s therapy, the team of practitioners keeps their interpersonal skills on point with regular meaningful patient-therapist conversations that end with the pair weaving BFF bracelets from each others? hair.
As natural light streams through the windows, members at Fisique Fitness run on treadmills equipped with their own screens, take to Cybex elliptical machines, and make the rounds on strength-training equipment. In group exercise classes, instructors lead cardio-centric spinning workouts or model mindful breathing during Vinyasa yoga's flow of poses. Dedicated personal trainers take things up a notch, pushing their clients past a plateau or preparing them for the arm-wrestling portion of a corporate job interview. After workouts, members can hit the showers equipped with convenient toiletries or plunk down on one of the lobby’s leather armchairs.
In addition to providing chiropractic treatments and physical-therapy sessions, Fisique Fitness partners with Joint Ventures to offer a menu of spa services that includes massage and acupuncture.