Lead by Dr. Daniel Bannard, a national lecturer and holistic expert with 25 years of experience to his name, the team at The Bannard Center uses a range of treatments to promote full-body wellness. The staff specializes in holistic chiropractic work, augmenting healing with sauna sessions and acupuncture treatments. During massage work, a certified specialist rubs clients' muscles to release pent-up stress and loosen the gnarled knots of shoulder anxiety and misplanted back saplings. All visits take place in a professional office space, recently renovated with hardwood floors and warm colors.
Inside-Out Sports keeps leg jockeys motoring with a 2,900-square-foot show room of shoes from trusted running brands such as Asics, Karhu, Saucony, Mizuno, Brooks, K-Swiss, and Newton. A knowledgeable staff composed entirely of runners, triathletes, and future uncles assists customers with treadmill stride analysis and gait-analysis tools. Shoes selected for customized fit and comfort will take pressure off toes, maintain healthy heels, and provide insecure insteps with positive support in their times of terrain-based trouble. Armed with a pair of perfectly fitting shoes, foot-mobiles can take their minds off potential damage to knees, ankles, or their reputation as the prettiest phalanges since the retirement of famous hand model and polymath Rollie Fingers. High-quality running shoes from Asics (starting at $99.99 for men) and K-Swiss (starting at $84.99 for women) insulate foot rockets from scorching the ground and ensure a smooth ride during any run.
Jan Wellendorf’s passion for karate began in 1963, when he first studied techniques from Japan, China, and Korea. Now a 10th-degree black belt, Jan has molded these experiences into his own style of karate—sanshinkai. At Karate International, more than 70 black belts teach Jan’s methods at five locations, where they help students use Eastern-inspired skills to control themselves mentally, physically, and spiritually. Geared toward pupils of all ages, Karate International’s programs also emphasize cross-training, which can incorporate everything from judo’s throwing techniques to the pizza-eating regimen of ninja turtles.
Through its camps, recreational classes, and competitive teams, Apex Gymnastics helps hone students’ physical skills and mental acuity. A dedication to safety and discipline informs the staff’s approach as they help participants gain strength, flexibility, and the agility to back-handspring to school every morning. In addition to regular lessons, Apex’s coaches offer up birthday parties with gym activities and present-opening time, as well as Parents’ Night Out, which provides a safe environment in which kids can play and allows parents to alphabetize their rock collections in peace.