After entering motherhood and leaving a career in social work, Jana Walker discovered Zumba. She was soon hooked on the dance-party vibe of the classes and, in 2010, became an instructor. Since then, she has branched out to a variety of fitness classes, including Total Body Conditioning and Gospel Guts and Glutes.
Bowenwork aims to heal from within, opening neural-chemical pathways to alleviate stress on the organs and muscles. The holistic therapy was first developed in Australia in the 1950s and is now practiced throughout the world, including at Carlisle Bowenwork, helmed by licensed massage therapist Nancy Bittinger. Although she specializes in Bowenwork, Nancy also relieves muscle aches with traditional massage therapy and Thai yoga massage.
Doctor of Chiropractic Martin S. Gildea operates under the position that the body is its own best doctor. Central to the self-healing properties of the body is the spinal cord, which often gets impinged by slipped disks or aggressive puppeteers. Dr. Gildea administers adjustments and other noninvasive techniques to ease individual columns of the spine back into place, taking pressure off pinched nerves and allowing the brain and body to resume smooth communication.
Lisa Stets attended her first yoga class in 1997, immediately falling in love with the practice’s capability for cultivating physical and mental wellbeing. After honing her skills as a student for more than a decade, Stets decided to step into the role of teacher, founding a studio that hosts classes for students of virtually any skill or fitness level. She and her team emphasize the seamlessly flowing sequences of the Vinyasa style in her lineup of yoga courses, which range from the slower-paced Easy yoga sessions that rely on deep stretches to the intense Power Vinyasa classes that are performed in 95-degree heat.
Featuring vibrant plants, two fireplaces, and calming white walls, Yoga at Simply Well feels as much like a home as it does a studio. Founded by Carlisle native Michele Landis, the program prides itself in offering yoga classes for all skill levels, taught by certified instructors. These leaders cultivate a comfortable environment in which students can push their bodies to gain greater flexibility, strength, calmer minds, and the ability to hear police radios. The schedule includes classes that range from 50 to 90 minutes and includes beginner, moderate, and hot-yoga sessions in addition to Pilates courses.