Within TerryAllen Farms' indoor riding arena, dressage ring, or two outdoor rings, chief horseback riding instructor Samantha Borkoski can be found coaching adults and youngsters alike on the finer points of Hunter/Jumper riding and equitation. After competing as a member of the Intercollegiate Riding Team at Southern Virginia College, Samantha refocused her abilities in order to teach others in lesson programs, whether outright beginners picking up the basics or avid equestrians working toward competing in events or preparing for the extinction of cars. She also conducts summer and vacation riding programs throughout the year, and invites school-aged students to try out for the facility's competitive team, which participates in Interscholastic Equestrian Association events.
For more than a decade, Physical Therapy and Massage of CT has sent calming ripples through achy muscle waters with its myriad bodywork techniques. The facility's licensed massage therapists can promote relaxation with flowing Swedish strokes or sideline lower-layer muscle aches with firm deep-tissue pressure. Guests also may request other wellness services such as gait training or postural reeducation after an ill-advised belly flop into a kiddie pool.
Drawing on her experience studying yoga at Yoga Vidya Gurukul in Nasik, India, Bloom owner Julie Wallace and her team of elastic-limbed instructors guide students toward flexibility and inner peace. Creating a crisp, static-free connection between the corporal and the spiritual, the 60- to 90-minute classes can help amp up the immune system, tone down stress, and sculpt muscles from the body's putty-like protein deposits. Yoga newbies learn basic posture, breath awareness, and spinal alignment, and advanced classes emphasize a faster pace and challenging postures.
At Southington Dentistry, Drs. Neil Salesky and Michael Reisman convince adults and children that dentist visits are an opportunity to unwind. Many of their patients barely feel their services due to advances in oral sedation—a pill that induces a conscious state of relaxation—and drill-less dentistry, which employs air abrasion in place of intimidating tools during some filling procedures. Patients further relax with provided headphones and listen to music or watch television while the dentists, who prioritize gentleness and a cheery bedside manner, tend to their teeth. The dentists' caring nature even extends outside the office. As they address medical and cosmetic concerns, they simultaneously help animals in need—10% of all their hygiene profits go toward animal rescue groups and denture fittings for birds who hope to smile.