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.
The staff at Crystal Hanger Cleaners has served its community for 22 years. It's no wonder, then, that staff members put so much care into everything they do: from tailoring to wash-and-fold laundry service to preserving precious garments like wedding dresses and ruby slippers.
The staff at Artistic Healings believe in the transformative power of art. To them, art is not about a finished product that adorns a wall or hides a secret passage: it's a process, a way to relieve stress and anxiety in order to live a more relaxed lifestyle. Their classes introduce children and adults to a variety of creative outlets, from fingerpainting to scrapbooking, as well as guided meditation and other stress-busting techniques.
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.
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.
Coastal Cleaning administers dry-cleaning services with environmentally conscious processes, convenient drop-off options, and speedy turnaround times. Eco green methods result in muted environmental impacts and a spotless finish without odious chemical odors. Busy business types can have shirts laundered ($2.60) and pants dry-cleaned and pressed ($7.65) in one diurnal period with a 24-hour drop box, and musty winter coats can be revivified ($17.25). Erase mothball scents from archival wares with a sweater cleanse ($7.65 each) or a leather-jacket scouring ($52). For last-minute acceptances to a formal winter ball, two-piece suits ($17.25) can be cleaned and collected quickly with next- or same-day service depending on location (in by 10 a.m., ready by 4 p.m. at Branford; in by 3 p.m., ready next day by 4 p.m. at Madison).