Christine Lucas, owner of Complete Mind and Body, knows that a fulfilling diet doesn’t just eliminate pounds. It also acts as a springboard to healthy life choices that lead to greater happiness. Her approach to nutrition begins with detailed client consultations to determine their unique nutritional needs; after all, she writes, “one person’s food is another person’s poison.” Lucas also looks at what she calls the “primary foods”: her clients’ stress level, career fulfillment, and whether their exercise regimen ends at bench-pressing spoonsful of ice cream.
Lucas brings enthusiasm and empathy to her practice because she’s tackled health issues in her own life. After a car accident years ago, doctors told Lucas she’d have to give up her active lifestyle due to a back injury and her weight. Undeterred, Lucas lost 40 pounds. Her discipline and dedication to holistic health helped her to reclaim the life she wanted, and she applies these lessons to her present-day clients.
A US Marine veteran, Dr. Ilan Amar traded in the blue uniform for a white lab coat to helm A Touch of Health Chiropractic Wellness Center. Today, the doctor calls on a healthy balance of Eastern and Western treatment techniques to helps clients of all ages overcome chronic and injury-related pain. This blend of approaches allows his treatments to be supremely personalized. Neck and back pain might be corrected with a gentle adjustment, while slipped discs and pinched nerves call for a session or two on the spinal-decompression table. Other issues may require alternative techniques such as Reiki therapy and chakra work, which focus on balancing the body’s internal energies to promote self-healing. Dr. Amar couples these treatments with nutritional guidance and advice for improving each patient's overall lifestyle, such as adding exercise to their daily routine or switching out their vampire coffin for a standard mattress.
During the winter, people often miss the smell of the beach. Unless they have a membership at Beverly Athletic Club, that is. The gym boasts a 65-foot indoor pool, heated to a comfortable temperature, and filled with saltwater mild enough not to sting anyone's eyes. Visitors can take a dip in its ocean-emulating confines during open swim, or hit up an array of pool-based classes such as Aquatic Zumba, a less-stressful alternative to tap-dancing over a dunk tank.
Of course, the unique chlorine-free pool is just one of the benefits BAC offers its members. Its two locations boast group fitness classes, which run the gamut from RPM, an indoor cycling program, to BodyCombat, a martial arts-inspired workout that draws on disciplines such as karate, muay thai, and boxing. Personal trainers, meanwhile, lead more personalized workouts, while a childcare center helps little visitors learn to love an active lifestyle by providing access to play structures such as a rock wall and ball pit.
Heather Borghesi, nutritionist and reiki practitioner, strives to help her patients reach their health potential through diet and lifestyle changes, supplementation, and reiki healing. During her reiki sessions, Heather provides relaxation and stress reduction through bodywork that spurs the body's natural healing abilities. As a nutritionist, she specializes in food sensitivities as well as remedying ADHD and child-behavior issues through nutrition. Her nutritional consultations can include planning lifestyle changes and introducing supplements, and she even provides in-home meal preparation.
To help women achieve their fitness goals, the certified personal trainers at Get In Shape For Women focus on four areas: weight training, cardio training, nutrition, and accountability. In small group sessions, trainers modify exercises to suit up to four ladies' fitness levels, beginning by calibrating strength-training sessions—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each client's abilities while still ensuring they are challenging themselves. Then comes high-intensity cardio interval-training sessions in which trainers encourage exercisers to achieve optimal results on the treadmill or elliptical.
The trainers supplement the group workouts with nutritional planning centered around the concept of eating six small, balanced meals six days a week. They set aside the seventh day as a "free day" for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To hold their women accountable, trainers talk nutrition on the floor during scheduled appointments, and the ladies' progress toward reaching their goals is measured by trainers each week.