Dr. Lien-jiun Lee and the spa therapists at Ageless Wellness Center combine traditional Chinese medicine with Western practices to holistically heal, rejuvenate, and relax bodies. Dr. Lee employs knowledge acquired while earning a master’s degree in Chinese medicine and psychology to provide oriental medicine treatments and analysis of why patients dream in Mandarin. Elegant Asian décor gild private treatment rooms where patients enjoy a variety of spa and wellness services including facials, massage therapy, colon hydrotherapy, and metabolism-boosting weight-loss programs.
Relaxing Alternatives Wellness Center restores bodies to factory conditions with a combination of massage and reflexology services. Deft hands glide over backs in either a Swedish or deep-tissue massage, employing long, light strokes to dispel tension or pinpointed kneads to render backs as knot-free as a velcro convention. Staffers then turn to clients' feet, prodding reflexive points to improve circulation and relieve stress in associated locations throughout the body. After the soothing barrage of both treatments, bodies emerge relaxed enough to meditate on a Wall Street trading floor.
At Warrior Fitness & MMA Bootcamp, where the coaches have black belts and compete in Olympic events, it's fitting that the facility's signature Warriorfit program combines martial arts and fitness techniques. During classes that consist of roughly 15–20 students, the staff pushes exercisers through a gamut of Olympic exercises, martial arts drills, and boot camp tasks such as flipping an oversized tire end-over-end without being caught by the monster truck's owner. Don't let the coaches' techniques or backgrounds intimidate you, though; they welcome all fitness levels to both of their facilities.
Colonial Opticians' peeper pros have been fitting faces with frames and sculpting lenses on site since 1964. Having weathered decades of capricious eyewear trends, such as radiation-emitting x-ray specs and disorienting 1-D glasses, the family business brings noses into sharp focus with frames ($100+) for both sun and shade. Vibrant, hand-painted frames from Ronit Furst ($240+) are a favorite among cartoon parrot librarians, and share wall space in the showroom with the stark geometry of Kliik's Danish lens cages ($223+). Shoppers carrying a current prescription in hand can also order custom lenses—including single-vision lenses ($78), bifocals ($120), and progressives ($250)—or choose from different lens treatments that protect against scratches, create a mirrored surface, or inhibit glare. Turnaround time may be as short as a day, but varies depending on the prescription and specifications of each client.
Clients at Meridian Wellness Center are steeped in relaxation from the moment they enter its tranquil facilities. In the lobby, verdant plants and vibrant flowers perch near stone sculptures as guests recline on plush chairs situated beneath earth-toned abstract paintings. Certified staff then lead them behind rich purple curtains and down a long hallway that opens onto private rooms, where they will lend their expertise in reflexology, acupressure, and acupuncture to help clients release stress, relieve back pain, and learn to love needles.