Gina Ledwith, the certified holistic health coach who heads Holistically Well, has struggled with her weight and won. Her weight-loss success inspired her to earn certificates from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and The Raw Food Institute. With knowledge of over 100 dietary theories under her belt, she teaches the same strategies that helped her lose more than 80 pounds to students at her weight-loss clinic. There, she offers everything from one-on-one coaching to cooking demos and tours of health-food stores.
As a young man, Dr. Timothy Malton was a proud member of the Norwegian Professional Ski Instructors Demonstration Team. One day, while performing a backflip, Malton suffered a serious fall that landed him in the emergency room. Though doctors told him he hadn't broken any bones, Malton knew something was very wrong. He was unable to take a deep breath, had excruciating pain in his upper back, and could not sleep for more than a few hours at a time. He tried everything he could think of to relieve his discomfort, including painkillers, physical therapy, and acupuncture, but nothing worked. After several months of agony, someone suggested that Malton visit a chiropractor. Not only did the chiropractor diagnose and successfully treat the source of the pain within a matter of weeks, he also inspired Malton to pursue that path himself.
Today, Doctor of Chiropractic Malton extends that same healing and improved wellness to his patients at his own practice. He draws upon training in specialties such as fibromyalgia, sports injuries, and nutrition to address aches and overall health, and he adjusts spines with techniques including the Gonstead system and the Webster technique for expectant mothers. Dr. Malton also provides pediatric chiropractic care, which can improve kids' posture and help them release stress from pretending to work in an office.
Though quite experienced in the scientific field of traditional healthcare, Dr. Betty Brainerd, ND, believes the natural healing powers of the body can rival those of the lab. For more than 20 years, she has studied and practiced natural healing solutions in both hospitals and private clinics, listening to her patients' needs in order to create a personalized treatment plan that addresses them. Her treatments can reduce allergic reactions, balance bodily chemistry with nutritional supplements, ease chronic pain, or cleanse bodies of toxins and brains of all but the most useful state capitals.
Integrated Movement Xercize Pilates describes a fusion-fitness approach that blends the lengthening and muscle-toning action of Pilates with strength and cardio training for efficient body sculpting. The private introductory class (a $65 value) is designed to give novices familiarity with the Pilates reformer equipment, which pumps up endurance, muscle tone, and limberness, while strengthening the spine and abdominal core for Volkswagen-juggling contests. Under the individualized guidance of a highly certified trainer, Pilates pupils will perform a few baseline tests in the first session, allowing muscle doyens to evaluate body composition, strength, flexibility, and knowledge of sitcom theme songs, before developing a well-rounded fitness routine. Then select four of IM=X Pilate's Xercizer, reformer, hybrids, or TRX classes (a $40/class value, 25 options per week) to continue training and keep tickers pounding hard during demanding training montages. A robust schedule of classes offered throughout the week provides eager physiques with ample opportunity for calorie-blasting.
At Connecticut Cycle Center, indoor spinning classes or triathlon training with coach Kelli Montgomery beckon students to wheel in their own bikes and affix them to cycling apparatuses. Both classes and training sessions emulate outdoor adventures thanks to ErgVideo and CompuTrainer systems, which mimic famous routes on TV screens. Virtual Tour de France inclines or Spanish plains challenge cyclists to push their endurance to the brink as they mingle with peers. Classes, like the art of hanging out in an operating laundry machine, range from beginner base spins to high-power interval training. Feedback after each session charts your ascent to fitness. High-quality Apex bikes are available for rental and can be taken to nearby roads for an alfresco adventure.
Cliff Morton uses his years of experience to lead guests of all fitness levels through a variety of services. He customizes one-on-one training sessions to help guests reach their fitness goals, as well as offering group fitness classes that use full-body functional training to activate all muscles. He also challenges guests with obstacle course training.
Dr. Leon Goldstein is a board-certified Plastic Surgeon and the head of Coastal Plastic Surgery Center. His mission is to provide the best cosmetic treatments in the safest possible manner. Dr. Goldstein performs treatments both in nationally recognized hospitals as well as in his private, onsite skin rejuvenation suite located in Madison, CT.