Physical therapy and fitness become one at Southeastern Fitness and Rehabilitation—though it’s tough to pinpoint exactly where the fusion begins; maybe it’s the indoor pool, perhaps it’s the sauna, or possibly it’s the steam room and hot tub that contribute to the unison of exercise and therapy. No matter where clients find themselves, they’re sure to uncover equipment, such as strength-training machines, cardio machines, and free weights, to help facilitate weight loss and wellness. Trainers also lead aquatic classes, which help athletes lose weight and improve conditioning and flexibility.
Deb Casaccia is a licensed massage therapist and aesthetician who specializes in Swedish strokes, shiatsu massage, and reflexology. Her massage sessions are personalized to the client, and always incorporate aromatherapy and hot towels to promote deep relaxation. Clients may also request therapeutic hot stones to ease tension or a firm, deep-tissue technique to access chronic lower-layer ache.
The coaching staff at D1—which is co-owned by professional athletes such as NFL player Peyton Manning, MLB player Chipper Jones, and NFL player Philip Rivers—refuses to discriminate between professional athletes and everyday exercisers. They scale the strength-and-cardio workouts of their group boot-camp classes and one-on-one intensive courses to individual abilities, bringing out the best in each student regardless of his or her workout history.
The typical D1 gym houses modern indoor turf fields with adjoining weight rooms, giving instructors the space to invent expansive obstacle courses that may require students to lift tires or tug 747s. In the boot-camp program, coaches meet with students one-on-one to discuss progress and find ways to improve. Each facility also houses a sports-therapy clinic, where expert therapists ease muscle injuries through rehabilitation programs and strength-restoring exercises.
In 2004, board-certified doctor Thaer A. Joudeh realized his vision of a medical practice run by physicians who consider patient care, not corporate interests, their main priority. Alongside a considerate staff, he oversees the Southside Medical Center's health and cosmetic services. The team's individual specialties coalesce to form a support network for entire families. They treat ailments from headaches to allergies to conditions requiring minor surgery and strive to regard their guests as they would their own relatives. Their hair-, wrinkle-, and spider-vein-removal treatments enlist the help of a gentle Candela laser, which treats all skin types with its cryogen cooling system to minimize discomfort and maximize games of connect-the-goosebumps.
Within its 55,000-square foot facility, Life Center boasts the amenities that many health clubs offer—indoor and outdoor tracks, a 25-meter indoor pool, cardio and strength training equipment, and a cadre of personal trainers. It's association with the Greenville Hospital System, however, allows Life Center to offer more support for overall healthy living and medically-based assistance than any typical club. Health education classes equip attendees with practical skills, such as stress management or healthy cooking, and certified massage therapists perform both medical and therapeutic massage modalities, including fibromyalgia therapy, hot stone therapy, and acupressure. Nutritional counseling programs help clients work toward a healthier diet and address specific nutritional needs.
Within a 2,500-square foot aerobics studio, instructors lead group fitness classes including Cardio Pump stepping with light weights and Turbo Kick, a kickboxing-based workout that builds in intensity as weeks progress. There are separate yoga and group cycling studios, and after a swimming or arthritis aquatics class, members can unwind in the dry sauna and take advantage of free towel service. To ensure everyone's on track, the staff welcomes each new member with a personal exercise orientation, then follows up every six weeks to see how they're doing.