To help women achieve their fitness goals, the certified personal trainers at Get In Shape For Women focus on four areas: weight training, cardio training, nutrition, and accountability. In small group sessions, trainers modify exercises to suit up to four ladies' fitness levels, beginning by calibrating strength-training sessions—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each client's abilities while still ensuring they are challenging themselves. Then comes high-intensity cardio interval-training sessions in which trainers encourage exercisers to achieve optimal results on the treadmill or elliptical.
The trainers supplement the group workouts with nutritional planning centered around the concept of eating six small, balanced meals six days a week. They set aside the seventh day as a "free day" for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To hold their women accountable, trainers talk nutrition on the floor during scheduled appointments, and the ladies' progress toward reaching their goals is measured by trainers each week.
Christine Lucas, owner of Complete Mind and Body, knows that a fulfilling diet doesn’t just eliminate pounds. It also acts as a springboard to healthy life choices that lead to greater happiness. Her approach to nutrition begins with detailed client consultations to determine their unique nutritional needs; after all, she writes, “one person’s food is another person’s poison.” Lucas also looks at what she calls the “primary foods”: her clients’ stress level, career fulfillment, and whether their exercise regimen ends at bench-pressing spoonsful of ice cream.
Lucas brings enthusiasm and empathy to her practice because she’s tackled health issues in her own life. After a car accident years ago, doctors told Lucas she’d have to give up her active lifestyle due to a back injury and her weight. Undeterred, Lucas lost 40 pounds. Her discipline and dedication to holistic health helped her to reclaim the life she wanted, and she applies these lessons to her present-day clients.
Whether it’s a deep-tissue massage or trigger point therapy, every bodywork treatment at All You Need Wellness begins the same way—with a thorough consultation. The wellness spa’s staff of massage therapists, reflexologists, and Reiki masters delves deep into clients’ health histories to draw up the best plan of action. If massage is in order, therapists drawn on Swedish, cranial sacral, sports, and a variety of other techniques to alleviate pain and uncover lost LEGO blocks. Beyond soothing bodywork sessions, All You Need also offers aesthetic treatments, including body-contouring lypomassage, acne-fighting facials, and waxing for the brows, upper-lip, and underarms.
Heather Borghesi, nutritionist and reiki practitioner, strives to help her patients reach their health potential through diet and lifestyle changes, supplementation, and reiki healing. During her reiki sessions, Heather provides relaxation and stress reduction through bodywork that spurs the body's natural healing abilities. As a nutritionist, she specializes in food sensitivities as well as remedying ADHD and child-behavior issues through nutrition. Her nutritional consultations can include planning lifestyle changes and introducing supplements, and she even provides in-home meal preparation.
After experiencing a very difficult time in her life, mother and entrepreneur Lauri Meizler was in search of a healthy start. She went down many paths to recover, but the results were less than optimal: instead of feeling energized, she found herself lethargic and underweight. It wasn’t until discovering cleansing and Ayurveda, one of the world's oldest medical systems, that life began to change. Soon thereafter, she adapted the teachings of the combination, and has since felt energetic, balanced, and in control of her life once again.
Lauri received certifications as a health coach in raw foods and Ayurveda and pairs the ancient Indian tradition’s holistic-wellness practices with modern nutrition training to help others optimize their health and well-being through eating a predominantly plant-rich diet. Her company, Joos, funnels these nutritious ingredients into bottles to help on-the-go people to build healthy, sustainable eating habits.
In flavors such as green lemonade, citrus refresh, and antioxidant blast, these wholesome potables teem with ingredients such as fresh-pressed, unpasteurized apples, ginger, and bok choy. Each bottle contains 10–14 types of garden-grown goodness, which amount to two times the daily requirement of fruits, veggies, and scarecrow smiles. The juices can fortify meals with vitamins and minerals or serve as the meals themselves during cleanses, which last 5–21 days. Cleanse participants can also drink in the support of a certified health coach/cleanse expert and an encouraging online community.
Licensed massage therapist Laura Broderick of Solstice Massage & Bodywork rejuvenates muscles, minds, and epidermises with soothing skincare and massage services using hand-forged, 90% organic 9th Scentury products. During the sugar-scrub treatment, clients select from three scented formulas with essential oils such as chamomile, bergamot, or rosewood. A circuitous scrub exfoliates away dead skin cells and sketches landing targets for sugar-plum fairies, followed by a moisturizing lotion and warm toweling to soften legs, arms, backs, and stiff pinkies. A customized 30-minute Swedish or deep-tissue massage unbraids knotty tissue with long, gliding strokes or deep, targeted pressure to unleash chronic tension buried in muscles. Massage benefits bodies by stimulating circulation and bolstering the immune system, and by lowering blood pressure, which explains why traffic cops typically sentence road-raged drivers to massage therapy.