Dr. Pedro DeAlmeida dedicates himself to translating spine health into whole-body well-being. Backbone believers who roll themselves into DeAlmeida Chiropractic & Rehab for a thorough exam of their weary vertebrae (a $75 value) can receive treatment that will help relieve back, leg, and arm pain; increase ease and range of motion; healthify joints; and improve balance. A 30-minute soft-tissue massage (a $60 value) increases blood flow, unknots muscle tissue, and kindly asks inflammatory chemicals to wash their mouths out and find the exit.
Dorothy Souza oversees a team of metaphysically buff intuitives who scry the spirit realm in adherence with a number of ancient traditions. Readers preside with Wiccan wisdom over classes and ceremonies, and assist with tarot and psychic readings, performed virtually every day, unlike the English queen's crab walk. For physical ailments, the healers prescribe similarly esoteric techniques such as reiki, a Japanese method of “laying on hands,” and other modalities, which aims to disintegrate the physical blockages to one's chi. On Sundays, the First Spiritualist Church of Rhode Island congregates at Positive New Beginnings, and some believers on staff may at times be able to attempt to reach out to the shrouded world after this one.
Rather than having members continually saddle ellipticals and stare at plasma TV screens, Fitt 101 keeps bodies and minds engaged with a versatile regimen of cross-training, CrossFit, boxing, and cycling. Fitness experts guide newcomers through the 5,200-square-foot facility, building workout routines based on each client's specific needs. Trainees hoist barbells, toss medicine balls, leap on plyo boxes, and stretch resistance bands, burning fat while building lean, strong muscle.
Before she took her first yoga class in 2003, Kelly O'Connell led a very different life than she does today. According to a story by Leigh Medeiros of Seekonk-Swansea Patch, O'Connell spent her days stretching herself thin as a principal in a stock brokerage firm before she decided to try a new kind of stretching: heated yoga. Through the practice, O'Connell found herself growing not only more physically flexible, but also more mentally adaptable. She told Medeiros, "I used to get lost in my emotions, but now there’s space between me and everything else that happens in the world. In that space there’s peace.”
To share the inner harmony she had discovered, O'Connell earned her yoga-instructor certification in 2008. She went on to complete several advanced trainings, including becoming a certified yoga life coach, a certified yoga personal trainer, and an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) through Yoga Alliance. Today she owns and operates Yoga One, where she and her team guide adults and kids toward finding balance both in and out of the studio. They also host teacher trainings and events, including a book club, Reiki sessions, and meditation workshops featuring chocolate tastings that stimulate the mind and taste buds better than eating a haiku written in alphabet soup.
Bally Total Fitness enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day guest pass includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, Step Fitness, and High-Impact Hopscotch (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts a bulk-building army of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.