Upbeat music blares at New Haven Strength & Fitness LLC, where the instructors schedule fast-paced fitness classes such as Les Mills BodyPump, Les Mills BodyAttack, and Turbo Kick. The studio is also home to Bokwa classes, which challenge exercisers to draw letters, numbers, and M.C. Escher sketches in the air with their feet. Clients who want a slightly less intense workout can sign up for one of the Pilates-based Slim Sculpt sessions.
Though the temperature reaches 105 degrees in this yoga studio, you won't find staff prepping to blast the air conditioner. That's because Mantra Hot Yoga specializes in Bikram yoga where the high heat is essential. The studio's built-in fresh-air intake system and commercial-grade humidifier help keep things from getting too muggy, though. Experienced yoga instructors lead students through sessions that include 26 postures and two breathing exercises, offering students several classes that vary in length and temperature.
Classes range from 60-90 minutes in length and include unheated, warm (80 degrees) and hot varieties (100-105 degrees). Students can practice their yoga flow in either warm or hot Vinyasa classes, participate in a condensed Bikram sequence during Hatha Hot, focus on deep stretching during warm Yin classes, or forego the heat altogether as they burn fat and build muscle through interval training during Sculpt.
Along with the climate control, the studio also features slip-resistant, antimicrobial flooring to help prevent students from slipping or ensuring that if they do slip, they'll be really impressed with how clean the floor is. Mantra Hot Yoga also offers massage therapy and skincare services.
H3 Therapy's specialized hyperbaric treatment may be based on a complex scientific principle, but its main ingredient is simple: oxygen. First, the inflating chamber is infused with filtered air that pressurizes the immediate atmosphere. As the pressure increases, oxygen gently pushes its way into the client's bloodstream. According to the system's technicians, this oxygen boost helps the body heal and may even ease symptoms associated with autism, multiple sclerosis, and sports injuries. The chamber can be depressurized and opened from within, and it features a buzzer that occupants can push for help at any time. With these two exceptions, hyperbaric therapy is completely hands-free, so clients can spend the session winding down with a book or trying to connect with their spirit animal.
Jewels of the Harbor Healing Massage Studios' owner and licensed therapist Drake Marshall earned certification in manual ligament therapy. This is a fairly new massage modality that employs a lighter touch to increase range of motion and bring the space between joints back into balance without using a level. Drake's also well-versed in more traditional modalities, such as deep-tissue and swedish. According to Drake, massage can benefit people in all stages of life, even infancy, when it helps promote better sleep and boosts the immune system. He performs each session in a quiet treatment room decorated in warm colors of cinnamon, chocolate, and gold.
Signature Service: Therapeutic/Deep-Tissue Massage
Brands Used: Organic oils and lotions locally crafted by herbalists
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: One person
Parking: Free street parking
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Pro Tip: Hydration is key 24 hours before and after your massage!
Happy to suggest exercises for after-care!
The doctors at Mercer Island Chiropractic work to relieve minor aches and soreness, but they specialize in tough cases: chronic pain and injuries sustained in accidents are their specialties. At three locations, they restore bodies to health with techniques such as manual adjustments that realign vertebrae and traction-table sessions that coax muscles into blissful relaxation. Patients can also rest easy beneath the hands of massage therapists, who employ techniques such as cupping, reflexology, and sternly ordering tension to exit the body.