Nobody will mistake Mountain Therapeutics for an ancient Buddhist temple, but the two have more in common than one might think. This is all thanks to licensed massage therapists David Schoenberg and business partner Marisa DelMonaco, whose mutual interest in Buddhist teachings led them to master traditional Thai yoga massage. With a history that stretches back three millennia, this form of bodywork requires a deep commitment on the therapist’s part. This did not deter David. If anything, he was attracted to the ways in which Thai yoga massage exemplifies the Buddhist principles of kindness and compassion.
Today, David administers the slow, rhythmic strokes of Thai yoga massage within the serene confines of their shared studio. When he isn’t using their thumbs, palms, elbows, and feet to seek out sen—or energy—lines across the body, he works to alleviate chronic pains with neuromuscular therapy and increase muscles’ range of movement with myofascial therapy. Considering the holistic emphasis of most of their massages, it’s not surprising that he also offers detoxifying colonics and nutritional coaching to ensure that clients aren’t getting all of their iron from anvil shavings.
Wilton Sport & Fitness’s new facility was built to fill the void of indoor sports facilities for athletes in the area, and it does so with a massive indoor turf field and state-of-the-art Cybex cardio and strength-training equipment. Housed within the facility, Pinnacle Health offers private and semiprivate fitness classes led by trainers with extensive sports and fitness backgrounds.
Heritage Hotel Health Club houses more than treadmills and weights. Fitness instructors lead members in sweat-inducing classes such as aqua aerobics, yoga, and Pilates. Racquetball and tennis courts grant members with ample ways to enjoy their favorite sports and burn calories. When relaxation is needed, the gym's steam room and hot tubs stand ready to wash away stress, and heated indoor and outdoor pools beckon members for laid-back recreation or intense lap swims that build strength and enhance speed until swimmers can wipe the smirk off a powerboat's stupid face.
Marianne Chapin, owner of Kneading Hands Yoga for the past 10 years, takes a well-rounded approach to stress relief and wellness by marshalling years of yoga teaching experience. To help her run the studio, she has assembled a team of eight certified instructors who bring a wide range of skills to yoga classes. Available classes, all of which take place in a spacious and clean studio, include relaxing and meditative Hatha yoga, strength and stamina boosting hot-yoga sessions where temperatures of up to 98 degrees render muscles more pliable, and Pilates classes that build core strength and focus.
Apogee Pilates and Wellness Centers' dedicated staff of instructors help students of all fitness and experience levels work toward their goals during one-on-one training. At private sessions, expert staff members help their clients refine Pilates technique, including spinal alignment and muscle control, and develop the mental focus needed to correctly perform each exercise while reciting all of the U.S. presidents' favorite colors. Depending on each student's abilities and fitness goals, instructors employ different moves and equipment to tone the core, back, and pelvic muscles that support good posture and can help reduce the risk of back injury. While the studio allows visitors to use the locker rooms after each lesson, the mat classes and cardio machines are off-limits for everyone except center members and unstoppably stubborn, fitness-conscious rhinoceroses.
Experienced personal trainers are ever-present at 360 Fitness's 11,000-square-foot facility, where they create workout plans and lead an array of group classes. With yoga, Zumba, and Power Plate Acceleration Training at their fingertips, everyone from gym neophytes to off-season athletes can benefit from the gym's offerings. After their workouts, guests can sign up for a massage, check out the full-service locker room, or hang out in the steam room with a bag of carrots as a fun way to prepare their afternoon snack.
Bikram Yoga Shelton's certified instructors lead 90-minute classes that take place within a sultry practice space with 58% humidity and temperatures that reach as high as 103 degrees. In the therapeutic heat, they help students of all abilities achieve deeper, safer stretches and detoxifying perspiration. They walk their pupils through two breathing exercises and a powerful sequence of 26 standing and seated poses in each class to challenge muscles more effectively than bench-pressing a chakra. Each posture helps unleash torrents of oxygenating circulation throughout the body, promoting healthy organ function as the sustained stretches bolster stamina and flexibility. After class, students can rinse themselves in the onsite showers and retrieve any restless spirit animals they stashed in the studio's lockers.