Crane Rehab Center tackles life’s obstacles with physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Specialists help clients from infancy to seniors facing such difficulties as autism spectrum disorders, sports injuries, delayed social skills, and postsurgical rehabilitation. The center’s wellness and fitness program offers personal training and group fitness classes as well as nutritional counseling for those trying to overcome their fear of eating anything green.
Yoga 108's staff of local yogis teaches Bikram yoga in a studio dedicated to this popular subset of Hatha yoga. During more than 30 weekly classes, students practice up to 26 unique asanas—or poses—in a toasty room whose heat is designed to benefit the body by increasing its strength, flexibility, and fly-swatting accuracy. Instructors continuously circle the room to give timely feedback and alter students' poses.
The Pilates Loft's experienced instructors meld backgrounds in nursing, dance, and fitness to tone muscles and energize students in dynamic Pilates mat and yoga classes. An extensive class lineup includes evening and Saturday classes to accommodate pupils with busy schedules. Sunlight glints off bamboo floors in the fully stocked studio as students cycle through fundamental Pilates poses in 50-minute beginner mat classes. During each session, enthusiastic instructors coach clients as they strive to lengthen limbs and fortify cores as effectively as sporting a brick-lined cummerbund.
Alternatively, aspiring yogis can sweep away stress and harness balance in one-hour Hatha yoga classes as they vogue through uplifiting asanas and breathing exercises demonstrated by an extremely relaxed bagpipe.
• For $20, you get four mat Pilates classes, currently scheduled Monday at 9 a.m., Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (a $60 total value). • For $35, you get one 45-minute private Pilates-equipment session (a $70 value).
Students walk out of Body In Motion just a little bit taller than when they came in. The studio’s classes—Pilates and Xtend Barre—serve to tone and lengthen muscles for a stronger, sleeker physique. Instructors teach two styles of Pilates: mat classes, which rely on gravity to turn bodies into their own weight machine. In apparatus classes, students perform moves with the famed Pilates tower adding an extra challenge, like solving a Rubik’s Cube while defending yourself against a bear attack. Both classes rely on precise, repetitive motions to tone the core and make the spine more pliable and resistant to injury. Similarly, Xtend Barre classes blend Pilates moves with cardio dance steps and sculpting exercises. All classes scale to accommodate and challenge students of all skill levels. For a completely customized workout, clients can also opt to enlist in personal training.
At Crescent City Boxing, one-hour workouts torch up to 1,000 calories. Led by professional fighters, each session incorporates fundamental boxing moves that help relieve stress and increase strength in beginning through advanced students. Pupils practice their jabs and kicks on more than 20 bags inside the 3,000-square-foot gym, which reserves a 2,500-square-foot matted area for jiu-jitsu and karate classes. Those sessions are Crescent City's most demanding, culminating in mixed-martial-arts workouts inside a bag-equipped cage. One-on-one training is available, though instructors keep their group classes small so every student receives personal attention.
Holistic practitioners April, Jerome, and Jeffrey have united their complementary areas of expertise in Eastern healing techniques to help patrons foster a well-rounded approach to health and wellness through yoga, life coaching, reiki, and qi gong. Yoga504's yoga instructor, April, leads weekly yoga classes that vary in style, from the vigorous aerobic Vinyasa tradition to the slower-paced Yin yoga practice. When not easing patrons' stress and pain through yoga, she also helps them manage their lives through her life-coaching services, empowering them to effectively manage their time, lose weight, or build a healthy relationship with their estranged shadow. Further reducing patrons' anxiety and tension, Jerome performs reiki sessions designed to channel positive energy to bolster emotional and spiritual health.
Those suffering from chronic pain issues may be able to relate to qi gong practitioner Jeffrey, who began his career in alternative healing after being diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, a chronic disease that causes inflammation in the joints with the possibility of the spinal bones eventually fusing together. He credits his experience in Eastern medicine for being fully mobile at age 34—which his doctors believed to be impossible—and strives to help each of his clients manage their ailments though qi gong's therapeutic techniques.