During her 15-year career in the health and fitness industry, Krave founder Leah Santello has created therapeutic diets at the Jewish Healthcare Center and has served as a nutrition consultant for Jenny Craig. She now leads more than 40 group fitness classes a week at her own personal wellness studio. Leah leads her sessions within a spacious practice space characterized by brick walls, hardwood flooring, and wood beams that brace a ceiling with sufficient clearance for Andre the Giant. In addition to teaching group sessions, Leah designs custom wellness programs that incorporate personal training and nutrition counseling.
Blackstone Valley's founder and licensed massage therapist, Kimberley Bangma, purges physiques of deeply rooted pain with massage services and more than a decade of experience, during which she has expanded her wellness empire to a 7,000-square-foot fitness center. Kimberley's agile fingers triumph over bodies as stiff as a stern judge's mohawk during deep-tissue massages, untying knotted muscles and taking down soreness with direct pressure and mobilization, a rhythmic artistry that slowly stretches and kneads joints' connective tissues. During relaxing Swedish massages, a lighter touch eases the troubled minds of muscles, reducing stress and weariness caused by outrunning swarms of land sharks. Blackstone Valley is open seven days a week, and baby-sitting services are available to parents.
Inside Bikram Yoga’s two practice spaces, instructors crank up the thermostat to sultry temperatures to loosen up students’ muscles during 90-minute yoga sessions, helping increase flexibility and range of motion while building muscle tone. Instructors pay special attention to coaching newbies during each class, teaching Bikram’s 26 postures and two breathing exercises to help students of all fitness levels stretch out joints or baby injuries and appendages put out of commission due to hostile negotiations during teamwork-building human knots. Each instructor trained directly under Bikram Choudhury—the creator of Bikram Yoga—to ensure that pupils receive safe, easy-to-follow instruction that bolsters health and clears minds.
Even with 22 years of teeth-tending experience, Dr. Edward Jang continues to attend workshops to keep up with the latest in dental technology. Opalescence Boost whitening rejuvenates less-than-lustrous teeth in just over an hour without the harsh glow of ultraviolet rays. Instead, a dentist-supervised assistant coats chompers with a chemically activated regiment of fluoride and potassium nitrate to beef up enamel strength and bolster oral security against cavities and malicious ex-retainers. Mouth masters freshly mix Boost's bleach for each session, delivering consistent color to each tooth and lightening hues three–six shades in a single visit.
With over 15 million students trained since their founding in 1968, Villari's Martial Arts Centers continue to train pugnacious pugilists young and old using techniques crafted by Grandmaster Fred Villari. Developed as a fusion of classic Eastern fighting styles, Villari's exclusive Shaolin Kempo Karate combines the graceful energy of Shaolin, the quick, explosive blows of kempo and karate, and the grappling of Chin Na to provide combatants with a varied, effective self-defense system. Children gain strength and discipline in youth classes, while adult classes leave grown-ups ready to handle anything from dojo defense to tense lunchroom stand-offs over the day's last apple bran muffin.