A team of certified personal trainers, nutritionists, and tai chi instructors builds strong, integrated bodies at the high-tech Amplitude Vibration Studio. Developed at NASA and in the Navy SEALs, many of the wellness center's physical therapies hone and measure athletic performance with scientific precision. Co-owner Gabriel Ettenson leads with an academic interest in fitness, as he earned a master's degree in physical therapy from Columbia University and has published articles on how vibration technology improves strength, performance, and the ability to sing like RoboCop. Committed not only to rehabilitating injuries and preparing muscles for sports exertion, the crew fosters mental clarity and greater mind-body awareness with meditative practices.
A group of more than 50 podiatrists across the world have one thing in common, besides podiatry: they received training from Dr. Dean Spellman, a 25-year veteran who tends to the foot-oriented needs of clients of all ages. In addition to holding positions at several hospitals and surgical centers, Dr. Spellman serves as one of two podiatrists at Family Foot Care—a well-established podiatric center with locations throughout the New York City area. And when he’s not helping patients regain the pep in their step, Spellman takes the time to work with youth soccer teams to ensure all participants can run, kick, and victoriously prance with ease.
The more than a dozen brick-and-mortar locations that make up Ultimate Champions Taekwondo Association share not only a style of combat, but a teaching philosophy as well. Tracing the lineage of their combative art back to Grandmaster Sang K. Oh, the instructors adhere to his teachings, exemplified by the quote, "The person who can defeat others with flashy techniques but is without love toward his fellow man will in the end defeat himself." Students use the physical empowerment of mastering jumps, kicks, and weapons to arm themselves with discipline, confidence, concentration, self-respect, and courtesy for others.
Outside of the classroom, the organization reaches out to the tri-state community with ample demonstrations of some of their most exciting techniques. Practitioners soar skyward in flying kicks or fill the air with the whirring blows of nunchakus, bos, and kamas. Fists slam through boards, balloons, and bricks to demonstrate the striking power of tae kwon do and the structural flaws in the Three Little Pigs' panic room.
Bobby Buka, MD, and his experienced skin technicians coddle rough cranium covers in a welcoming downtown office, complete with a tranquility-enhancing Zen garden. Patrons with dull complexions can gift their facades with a chemical peel, designed to whisk away rough epidermises to exciting tropical-beach locations and stimulate new skin cell and collagen production. Adjusted for each individual face, the glycolic peel can assuage wrinkles, unclog pores, and help repair skeleton shucks after acne or sun damage, leaving clients with skin that's smoother and more brilliant than Galileo's juggling skills.
At the beginning of the first session, Heidi, the professional acupuncturist at AcuBrooklyn, will perform a full consultation to determine the best course of action and which bodily areas to target. Depending on which of the many benefits you're looking to reap, Heidi will select the appropriate acupuncture points and infiltrate the meridian lines, unlocking the powers of the Qi, increasing energy levels, and causing a jukebox somewhere in America to inexplicably start playing Foreigner.