With over thousands of teaching hours and two distinct yoga philosophies between them, Liberty Yoga’s five instructors, among them Erin and Christine, take a variety of approaches to sharing their yogic expertise. Their therapeutic yoga classes focus on restoring flexibility to time-stiffened joints with gentle exercises, while their core-strengthening FLY! Vinyasa classes build core muscles with a flow of poses that synchronize breath and movement. Classes lengths vary from 75 to 90 minutes.
Helmed by fitness guru Christine Polecaro, Lifestyle Fitness's staff of dedicated instructors fortifies physiques for a variety of age groups with yoga. During Yoga for Everyone classes, both teens and adults boost flexibility and body awareness through a series of Vinyasa poses. Yogis can contort on their personal mat, use a free mat, or purchase one from Lifestyle Fitness (a $5 additional fee) before vogue-ing through the fluid set of postures, honing focus with breathing exercises to engender relaxation and link postures as gracefully as a conga line of swans. To help ensure a fulfilling workout for all students, Lifestyle Fitness's enthusiastic instructors creatively tailor students' positions and techniques throughout the session to patiently accommodate students with varying levels of experience, mobility, or Dungeons & Dragons expertise.
A portmanteau of the surnames of founders Ian Hardin and Derek Batman, Hardbat CrossFit more than lives up to its tough-sounding moniker. Hardin and Batman combine the principles of CrossFit, which emphasize ever-changing workouts of cardio and lifting exercises, with a scientific focus on nutrition and technique to craft intense, adaptable fitness programs. Their crew of passionate trainers draws skills from diverse backgrounds, from Christina Ruggiero's career as a lifeguard and an award-winning collegiate swimmer to Hardin's degree in exercise science and resumé of fitness certifications. Whether sweating through one-hour boot camps or tackling the CrossFit workout of the day, Hardbat's students perform exercises that blend intensity and functionality, such as Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, plyometrics, and python wrestling.
Doctor of Chiropractic Stacy Cohen founded First State Health & Wellness shortly after he received his degree from New York Chiropractic College in 1984. Since then, his center has expanded to six locations and welcomed aboard 12 other chiropractic physicians.
Each location features traditional adjustment techniques and Activator tools that rapidly and gently prod trouble spots. A few locations feature specialty techniques such as the Newark location's high-tech subluxation scanning and the Wilmington location's adjustable Thompson Terminal Point table made up of several different cushions that help it morph into an even more therapeutic surface: a ping-pong table.
Dr. Cohen and his staff complement their chiropractic touch with acupuncture, massage, and nutritional counseling services, which are overseen by the center's own licensed acupuncturists and certified massage therapists. Together, the team's collective efforts have been awarded The News Journal's Reader's Choice Award for Best Chiropractic Office in 2010, 2011, and 2012, as well as the BBB's Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics in 2003 and 2009.
Douglas J. Lavenburg, M.D. leads a team of optometrists that oversees the welfare of patients’ eyes and vision with up-to-date optometric techniques. But their services extend beyond eye exams, vision correction, and LASIK surgery. Microdermabrasions, pulsed-light hair removal, and Botox revamp complexions, and facials sprinkled with Obagi professional skin products, keep wrinkles at bay.