The health experts at Five Star Wellness aim to bring the mind, body, and spirit back into balance through a variety of holistic-minded treatments ranging from organic facials to ear candling. Colon hydrotherapy is an office specialty, and all therapists hold certification through the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy (I-Act). Utilizing FDA-approved equipment, the process sends filtered, temperature-controlled water through the large intestine, where it breaks down and flushes away any accumulation of waste or swallowed pride to improve immune- and digestive-system function. An alternate method of detoxification, ionic detox footbaths use positively charged ions to draw negatively charged toxins out through the feet, helping clear the system of heavy metals, cellular debris, and other substances often blamed for throwing the body out of balance.
Therapy in Presence’s certified practitioners custom fit massages for clients depending on individual needs. To ensure an appropriately tailored massage, practitioners ask massage receivers detailed questions about their physical and mental well-being, assign client-specific medical-grade essential oils, and measure muscles with yardsticks during a 30-minute consultation session ($25). During a one-hour massage ($85), skin-rubbing gurus apply techniques from nine massage modalities, focusing on one or more at a time if requested.
Sara Naomi has seen the effects of holistic care firsthand. Growing frustrated going from doctor to doctor after being diagnosed with Lyme disease, Sara turned to complementary healthcare methods that addressed her spiritual and emotional well-being in addition to her physical state. The strides she made with this holistic approach inspired her to learn more about other therapeutic techniques and eventually found her own practice.
Sara melds a variety of therapies such as reflexology, aromatherapy, and acupressure to help patients attain optimal well-being with her signature service, HK: BioEnergetic Acupuressure. She first attempts to identify the root cause of issues such as pain and phobias, then she works to relieve them by applying gentle, bare-handed pressure at key points on the body’s energy pathways. As a result, clients may enjoy a decrease in stress, allowing them to relax without the metaphorical fog and literal foghorns that can often impede mental clarity.
Pure Eco-Wellness Salon and Spa's team is so focused on natural treatments, they even strive to emulate natural light.This belief in nature's beautifying and healing capacity also suffuses their treatments. They brighten their chic haircuts, for example, with botanical, organic color, and their facials combat conditions from acne to aging with natural ingredients. Their vegan nail polish is infused with ecocert-certified bamboo for stronger nails, and contains no DBP, Toluene, Camphor, formaldehyde, or formaldehyde resin. Their commitment extends to their eco-friendly business practices, too, which range from recycling to cleaning with products that contain no chemicals nor monster-truck parts.
Joan Brame, PhD, and her staff of personal trainers and instructors aim to help women empower themselves through exercise and knowledge, offering a range of workout equipment, small group fitness classes with individualized attention, and free nutrition and health workshops. The supportive, friendly environment houses a mirrored group fitness studio where students can salsa to Zumba's Latin-inspired choreography or perform equipment-bolstered body-weight exercises during Weights and Resistance classes.
To jumpstart new members, personal trainers meet with them for an assessment and to develop a customized 30-day plan with specific, attainable goals. Then, they'll meet again for a 30-day review to see how things are going. For even more one-on-one help, the staff offers personal training, as well as "buddy" sessions that allow clients to work alongside a friend or government-issued surrogate of a friend.
To soothe postworkout muscles, massage therapists perform massages and Japanese reiki within a private room.
With a workspace that spans 13,000 square feet and two stories, Lawrence SpaRex has plenty of room to pamper its clients privately and comfortably. Tucked away from all the nail treatments, haircuts, and massages, the facility’s dry sauna relaxes visitors with infrared panels that warm the body like natural sunlight without the potential damaging effects of UV rays. Layers of seaweed clay coat the walls not only in the sauna but also throughout the facility, providing a healthy alternative to paint and a more practical alternative to silly string.
To help patrons build up speed, coordination, and stamina, CrossFit Mercer owner Dolph Geurds leads them in CrossFit's signature workout—quick, high-intensity combinations of weightlifting, gymnastics, and cardio exercises in short, intense routines. He began practicing CrossFit in 2004, which fueled him to inspire others to get fit through this strength and conditioning regimen, along with a team of coaches. Before permitting pupils into the fold, instructors run them through the On Ramp program, which evaluates athletic prowess with tests such as jump roping and pull-ups to help coaches craft custom training programs to each student's abilities. The exercises vary from day to day; one day, students might do pull-ups and sprints, and the next, they might climb ropes and dead lift weights.
The staff caters to younger and older visitors with courses designed around kids and seniors, and students in CrossFit Mercer's weightlifting club test their muscular fortitude by lifting world-class athletes over their heads.