Synergy Yoga holds small gatherings of passionate yogis as they stretch and build muscles in 1 of the 50 classes offered each week. Various styles of yoga, including traditional Hatha flow, focus on deep breathing, and more rigorous classes, such as hot core Vinyasa or hot power yoga, combine the sweat-inducing powers of a heated studio with moves that can makes tummies tighter than an elf's shoes on a pro basketball player.
A wrought-iron gate opens into an alley wall lined with bright verdant foliage and skinny trees. This greenery snakes onto a stone path, which leads to Synergy Yoga’s curved red doors. The first thing that hits visitors inside the yoga sanctuary is the color: mustard-yellow and two-tone green walls, red accents up the stairs, and crisp white moulding. The main studio swims with light filtered in from high windows set in the towering two-story ceilings, light that bounces off the white walls and cascades down to the wood flooring.
Focused on supporting the community, Synergy Yoga aims to include all walks of life. Kids' yoga invites youngsters to develop their flexibility, and very advanced yogis can turn their passion into a living with teacher training. Healing arts such as psychic medium reading, meditation, or massage soothe guests in need of some extra care.
Diane Fragale draws from extensive training in the healing arts and more than 20 years' experience to perform holistic practices that bolster the minds, bodies, and spirits of her clients. She can help flush out microscopic toxins in the body with treatments such as colon hydrotherapy. Fragale also leads three levels of yoga classes in styles such as Vinyasa and Ashtanga. To get on the road to long-term wellness, feel free to tap her personal expertise during nutritional counseling and life coaching.
Following a water- skiing accident, they came back. The migraines that had plagued Doctor of Chiropractic Todd Narson since he was 11 had returned with a vengeance. Back then, he and his parents had tried everything to alleviate them, consulting with countless specialists but it wasn’t until he visited his father’s chiropractor that Dr. Todd found relief. So when the headaches came back, he went right to the chiropractor’s office. These experiences eventually inspired him to go to chiropractic school himself, and open Miami Beach Family & Sports Chiropractic Center with his wife in 1993.
Dr. Todd earned a specialty in sports medicine that enables him to not only treat everyday pain and headaches, but also to relieve sports-related injuries, such as golfer’s elbow, rotator cuff issues, and plantar fasciitis caused by stomping too hard on the bleachers when the home team wins. His treatment often help patients avoid surgery, and other times, his close relationships with medical doctors enable him to help patients during post-surgery recovery.
He and his wife, Dr. Corey, lead their center’s team in delivering a range of wellness services, not just chiropractic care. Nutritional advice helps patients achieve their best health through making better diet choices, and massage therapy can treat musculoskeletal pain, improve circulation, and reduce spasms that can cause people to spontaneously pop and lock while walking to work.
Synergy Wellness Clinic founder Doctor of Chiropractic Gustavo Marshall’s experiences with traditional organized medicine left him disappointed, noting that it felt like “looking at the trees, rather than the whole forest.” So the licensed chiropractor assembled a team of heathcare practitioners who could work together to address the whole person, rather than just his or her symptoms. “Here, we’re always looking at the body from the standpoint of the whole forest,” he says.
When Dr. Marshall meets with new patients, he considers a variety of factors, such as their living environment, sleep habits, nutrition, and frequency of hot-coal walks. Then, he may pair his own chiropractic techniques with massage therapy or nutritional counseling. And if his own clinic doesn’t have the resources his patients need, he’s happy to recommend additional practitioners to help them on their path to wellness.
Dr. Marshall also recognizes that, regardless of his client’s ailment, stress can be a huge barrier to recovery. So he strives to establish his clinic as a refuge from the urban bustle. During massages, for instance, therapists ensconce patients in private treatment rooms equipped with flickering candles, memory-foam tables, and soothing music. They also draw upon aromatherapy to deepen relaxation.
Doctors of Chiropractic Aura L. Tovar and Francisco J. Diaz have logged a lot of miles. Traveling to Florida from their respective childhood homes of Venezuela and Puerto Rico, they've set up shop in Miami, helping weary travelers and homebodies alike with natural, gentle chiropractic services. In addition to adjusting rebellious spines and tending to sore necks, they also provide guidance for patients seeking to improve their diets, have a healthier work life, or banish chronic headaches. And after locating the source of generosity between the shoulder blades and the coccyx, Dr. Tovar decided to supplement her practice with charitable works, leading to partnerships with Kids Day America International and ChiroMission.
Dr. A. Carlo Guadagno and his energetic staff at West Kendall Chiropractic Center realign spines with manual manipulations, the Graston technique, and advanced equipment, demonstrating an attention to detail that earned Dr. Guadagno the Bradley Timpf Award for Chiropractic Sports Physician of the Year. During each chiropractic exam, West Kendall's team consults with patients about aches and pains in English, Spanish, Creole, or Italian before helping adjust herniated discs. Along with adjustments, the crew also provide clients with BMI assessments to determine organ function, custom exercise programs, x-rays, and sport-injury treatment in which Dr. Guadagno releases subluxations.