Helmed by women who share a passion for encouraging others to improve their daily lives, Gaia Fit draws its strength from personal training, nutrition counseling, and fitness classes. Through these efforts, the owners emphasize the importance of building a sense of support and camaraderie that they call Sisters in Sweat—bonding through pushing your own body to its limits while motivating others to work harder. Classes cater to myriad needs and abilities, and nutrition counseling spurs patrons toward weight loss and energy gain with plans tailored to their lifestyles, working to eliminate detrimental habits.
With decades of martial-arts experience between them, sensei Mike Mackintosh and master John Ralph Shihan have mastered combat techniques from all over the world. In their own classes, they teach a form that makes use of a variety of styles. Known as Kojukai, the eclectic technique borrows from a variety of training styles: judo, muay thai, karate, and the Israeli system of Haganah. The instructors introduce children and adults to techniques from each of these disciplines, leading pupils through striking, throwing, and defensive maneuvers while practicing real-world scenarios.
The energetic performers, singers, and dancers of MJXpressions perform peerless Michael Jackson tribute performances orchestrated by an experienced choreographer. In addition to entertaining crowds in the Tri-State Area with showcase performances from founder and producer MJX, the company also holds dance classes to teach youngsters and adults essential moonwalking skills.
A close-knit team eager to master new aesthetic techniques has led Sebastian's Hair-Em & Day Spa to thrive for more than 37 years. Six of the women on staff have been with the salon for at least two decades, watching it grow from a five-chair operation built by a mother for her three daughters. Today's team of 20 includes stylists, aestheticians, nail techs, and a specialist in orthopedic massage, each of whom takes four classes annually as part of a thorough continuing education program. Classes through Paul Mitchell helped build a salon menu that ranges from complex corrective color to keratin straightening. Skin therapists are not only trained in the use of Repêchage's marine-enriched products but also share the brand's philosophy that their client's skin cannot simply be defined by "type" and Socratic interrogation. The professionals contribute their work in the community by appearing at schools on career day and donating their cosmetology skills and icy Anna Wintour impersonations to charity fashion shows. The salon manager, Cheryl, leads the way in this regard, earning a state Sunshine Award from the national Look Good...Feel Better program for her volunteer commitment to oncology patients.
Since 1988, Specs For Less has been sharpening visual acuity in Staten Island and its surrounding areas. At each of its five locations, customers' eyes are coddled by a staff of optometrists, who examine eyes aided by up-to-date equipment as well as ongoing education. Meanwhile, eyewear consultants concern themselves with keeping newly minted prescriptions stylishly adhered to faces, occupying the vanguard of frame style trends with an inventory of designs from Coach, Fendi, and Dior.
Dr. Robin Greenfield clarifies cloudy vision with comprehensive vision exams, treatments, and a collection of alluring eyewear. With a focus on preventative eyecare for families, private appointments pinpoint vision problems using up-to-date technologies and dole out fresh prescriptions that customers can exchange for contact lenses and glasses. Designer frames encircle single, bifocal, and other specialty lenses in simple styles and interesting designs.