After the combined stress and pain following an accident where she was struck by an automobile, Chris Ackermann wanted to help others avoid the kind of experience she had gone through. Hoping to offer a respite from the stressors of physical trauma, Ackermann went through the rigors of more than 700 hours of training at the St. Croix Center for the Healing Arts. There, she learned techniques in integrative, deep-tissue, sports, reflexology, and chair massage, among others, creating a multifaceted foundation on which to begin her business, Time to Relax. Today she puts her skills to work, customizing each massage to her clients' individual ailments, pains, and stressful fortune cookies from last week.
Massage Xcape's massage therapists practice a variety of massage modalities: they're skilled at prenatal, deep-tissue, and shiatsu techniques, for example. But their main specialty is Swedish relaxation massages designed to put the body and mind at ease. Patrons can also add on pampering details such as hot towels or soothing aromatherapy scents, or unwind in the Lexington Avenue location's sauna. As an added convenience, the practice holds extended evening hours.
New You Body Care is composed of a group of professionals who believe beauty starts from within. Because of this, they enhance beauty and wellness from the inside through traditional Chinese tui na massages and acupuncture treatments, which stimulate the flow of energy through pressure on specific points or channels in the body. They also provide exterior beauty treatments, such as ultrasonic cavitation, a body-contouring treatment that destroys fat cells and helps clients lose inches from the body, and radio-frequency skin-tightening treatments.
As a kid, Neil Crane played multiple sports, partially due to his athletic talent and partially because he was rarely benched by injuries. The key to the latter, for him, was regular chiropractic adjustments. Nowadays, Crane is a chiropractor himself, passing on the treatment's benefits at his clinic, Core Health Chiropractic. Through his adjustments, he restores balance to his clients' nervous systems, which helps their bodies better resist disease and injury.
Crane complements his chiropractic work with CrossFit fitness classes, provided via a partnership with CrossFit Nordeast. The daily-changing classes incorporate kettlebell work, powerlifting, and cardio, but they do more than tone physiques. They also help chiropractic clients build positive movement patterns to replace unhealthy modern-day ones, which typically center on sitting at a desk all day or trying to fit your entire body inside a phone case.