Diane Tellier will walk all over you. Gripping overhead bars for balance, she performs ashiatsu massage, kneading her clients' backs with her bare feet for extra firm pressure. This helps keep bodies limber and pain-free, as does a host of yoga classes inside The Place's quaint, airy studio. The sessions cater to all skill levels, whether you're just beginning, dropping in for a yoga dance session, or trying out for the Downward Facing Dog in the local production of 101 Dalmatians. In addition to yoga and ashiatsu massge, The Place also offers modalities such as craniosacral therapy and Reiki.
Originally founded more than 45 years ago, Gold's Gym promotes a results-oriented approach to personal fitness. Members can explore their robustness goals with the gym's extensive collection of ellipticals, treadmills, resistance machines, weights, and other fitness gadgets, as well as group classes such as Zumba, spinning, yoga and more, which facilitate social sweating. Check out the class schedules at both Springfield and Chicopee locations.
The second-place winner in Valley Advocate's 2010 Best of the Valley Reader's Poll, Vega Yoga stands out by catering to flexible students of all ages. Children's yoga classes are designed to coincide with classes for parents and are offered to children as young as three. On the other end of the spectrum, Yoga in the Chair caters to elderly students with injuries or other limitations. The studio also offers classes that accommodate Spanish-speaking students and a Mid-Day Stretch class, held during lunchtime, for those fluent in business jargon. Overall, classes take place two to four times daily in the light-soaked studio, allowing cores and minds to flex, stretch, and transcend the time-space continuum.