When Kristina Bauer—a yoga veteran with 20 years of experience and 1,000 classes under her mat—opened Yoga Synergy Spa, she wanted to create a space that felt more like a home than a gym or a corporate chain. Today, her studio glows with her own homemade candles while yogis lead guests through various styles of yoga, including heated Vinyasa flow, Hatha yoga for all levels, and a class that invites kids and their parents to stretch together. In addition to its group session, the studio embraces its spa side with massage therapy that complements Kristina’s pursuit of peacefulness in the same way that playing Marco Polo can add a little fun to a shark attack. An on-location retail shop stocks yoga mats, homemade natural soaps, and veggie candles.
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.
"I was willing to do anything to get rid of the pain," recalls Beberly Yelen in her testimonial. That included acupuncture, despite Beberly's aversion to needles. But, to her surprise, acupuncture triggered relief instead of pain. After all, Silvia Salinas is a board-certified acupuncturist. Beyond that, she's also a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine and tai chi. She began studying these disciplines years ago in her native Chile, and today unites the various holistic techniques to help hurting people heal.
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.
Living Room Community Acupuncture may be different than most acupuncture clinics in the US, but it’s similar to the ones in China. Instead of treating individual clients in an isolated room, the community-acupuncture clinic treats clients in one big group in an open treatment room. This style is more common in China because it encourages group healing and can be done on a sliding cost scale due to the fact that the acupuncturists can treat more than one person at a time.
After a consultation, which includes a tongue check to make sure clients can flip it upside-down, the acupuncturist inserts the needles into the forearms, hands, lower legs, feet, and head. Clients then recline in comfortable zero-gravity chairs, typically for 30–40 minutes. Treatments may help to alleviate general pain and decrease stress, as well as tackle specific conditions such as headaches, digestive disorders, and asthma.