Joe Yoga's talented instructors promote flexibility and relaxation by guiding budding yogis through body-bending poses in a variety of classes. Classes typically last 90 minutes with shorter sessions available for beginners and mannequins who are just starting their stretching education. If you're new to yoga, this is a great chance to learn basic poses such as the downward dog, upward dog, and the omniscient narrator. Yoga stretches the muscles, relieving stiffness and pain. It also increases flexibility and strength as deep core muscles support each pose, improving range of motion, balance, and posture––all vital to moving up in the corporate world, seeing over the steering wheel, and slicing your morning bagel.
The certified instructors at Hot Yoga Saratoga believe that heated exercise has more benefits than just boosting the body’s flexibility. For nearly 20 types of classes, they warm up their studios to help bodies heal injuries, release toxins, and thin the blood so it can flow more easily to tissues and organs. From silent Bikram sessions in 105-degree heat to yoga sculpt classes set to 90 degrees and upbeat music, the studio aims to have something for yogis of all ages and experience levels.
Though the locally owned ABC Sports and Fitness has been in business since 1989, its sparkling rows of modern fitness facilities make it seem brand new. Past its rows of circuit machines and strength-training equipment lies a full gymnasium with a cushioned indoor track, where instructors lead more than 80 fitness classes throughout the week. Within a private cycling studio, 30 professional indoor bikes bustle and hum during group spinning sessions. Changing rooms house sleek wooden locker rooms and a sauna, along with showers where guests can belt out commercial jingles in privacy. While visiting the gym, members can also take advantage of onsite childcare facilities, professional tanning booths, and regular senior-citizen community group meetings.
Licensed massage therapist and reiki master teacher Nathaniel Neander combines Eastern and Western techniques to restore calm and balance body energies. Though he specializes in deep-tissue massage, Nathaniel's grab bag of kneading skills allow him to customize each session with techniques from neuromuscular therapy, reiki, Thai, and sports massage modalities to address each client's unique needs. During a brief consultation before the initial session, Nathaniel inquires about previous injuries, illnesses, or a night-job as a donut thief to help him make the massage as beneficial as possible.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
At Eye Health Center of Troy, licensed and board-certified eye doctors carefully tune peepers for optimal performance with comprehensive eye exams, finely crafted lenses, and fashionable frames. After training as an undergraduate in Lucknow, India, ophthalmologist Pamela Kaw immigrated to the U.S. to focus her studies on optical infections and tend to patients of all ages and visual impairments. Along with fellow eye specialists Tom Feiden and Linda Haughney, Dr. Kaw peeks into soul windows with comprehensive inspections before recommending one of several technologically advanced lens options. After settling on a prescription, doctors assist patients in dressing their pupils with stylish frames and 3-D monocles from designers such as Armani Exchange, Vera Bradley, or Kensie.
After receiving his master's degree from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute, Eric Renaud continued to search for an advanced healing method that could treat chronic pain more effectively. He came across a discipline known as Master Tung's acupuncture and soon committed himself to learning its techniques, which focus on conditions that other healing methods sometimes fail to treat.
Today, Renaud shares his knowledge of Master Tung’s powerful techniques with his clients as well as his fellow acupuncturists—he’s currently working on writing several books with colleague Susan Johnson. When he isn't writing down advice or consulting with his clients to determine the sources of their pain, he uses presterilized and single-use acupuncture needles to treat ailments that range from migraines to infertility. His acupuncture sessions can also treat conditions such as common colds, postoperative pain, and nagging urges to pop inflated balloons.