Health & Fitness in New Haven

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Though her ability to untie knots rivals that of a sailor, licensed massage therapist Lorna Ellis-Harding has been relieving aches and pains for long enough to understand the limitations of massage. Rather than rely solely on her Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports techniques, she draws from other areas of traditional and alternative medicine to craft treatment plans for the whole body. Her acupressure massages, for example, incorporate the principles of Eastern acupuncture to apply healing pressure to specific points of energy across the body. When she isn’t balancing energy or coaxing out toxins with gentle lymphatic-drainage techniques, Lorna consults with other local businesses to help her clients manage their weight and make healthful lifestyle decisions, such as refraining from eating french fries while juggling chainsaws.

24 Rock St
New Haven,
CT
US

Rebecca Smith DeFelice's fitness philosophy embodies two extremes. On one hand, the former Army instructor doesn't shy from intense, interval-based training in her boot camp workouts. However, her training background in dance and yoga—a discipline she discovered while rehabbing a dance injury—emphasizes meditative, calming movement. Rebecca does not view these workout methods as mutually exclusive. Her breadth of knowledge and experience drives Woodbridge Body Works, where she and several other instructors lead classes for all skill and fitness levels.

Their curriculum covers a range of yoga disciplines, from basic posing to flowing sequences of more vigorous postures. There are also yoga offshoots such as Core & Breath, a restorative class featuring hands-on adjustments and breath work. Boot camps rely on bodyweight exercises rather than barbells or machinery to strengthen the entire physique. Rebecca also breaks her boot camps down into 15-minute "Melt Down" sessions on weekdays to accommodate working clients who have short lunch breaks or long bathroom breaks.

1768 Litchfield Tpke, Ste 3
Woodbridge,
CT
US

A graduate of the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration, Rachel Felson helms New Haven Rolfing, where she performs the specialized service in an effort to release built-up tensions and adhesions in clients of varying ages and backgrounds. During Rolfing sessions, Felson manually loosens connective tissue, or fascia, by kneading the labyrinthine network with her fingers, hands, and elbows. After roughly one hour of the holistic bodywork, visitors may notice an improvement in their health, observing higher levels of elasticity in their tissue and a greater feeling of balance on tightrope commutes to work. Among its myriad benefits, Rolfing boasts the ability to improve individuals’ posture, decrease anxiety levels, and amplify energy for long-distance pogo-stick marathons.

839 Chapel Street
New Haven,
CT
US

Most popular service: Family, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry

Brands Used: Lumi-brite whitening; all-porcelain veneers and crowns

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Established: 1978

Staff Size: 10 people

Parking: Parking lot

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Pro Tip: For quicker service, visit our website and fill out the new-patient forms prior to your appointment.

Dr. Alan P. Friedler has designed virtually every aspect of his office to keep his patients relaxed and comfortable starting with the coffee and tea in the lobby. The doctor works with modern technology, such as Intraoral cameras and Diagnodent lasers to detect hard-to-spot cavities, and digital x-rays reduce radiation exposure. For patients who still feel the jitters, the doctor offers oral-conscious sedation and nitrous oxide to take the edge off without going under.

419 Whalley Ave.
New Haven,
CT
US

General dentists, certified lab technicians, and specialists in areas from root canals to orthodontia work together on Columbia Dental’s diverse team. They safeguard smiles with a comprehensive array of services, placing special emphasis on disease prevention with rigorous exams, cleanings, and digital x-rays. However, when disease strikes, the team can treat it in-house, tending to inflamed gums and eliminating chronic pain with root canals. The staff can also straighten crooked smiles with Invisalign treatments, which are more effective than constructing mouth guards from rulers. The office accommodates hectic schedules by staying open seven days a week, with evening appointments available.

46 Prince Street
New Haven,
Connecticut
US

The instructors at H2Owls orchestrate their fun and safe swim lessons in accordance with SwimAmerica, a 10-step curriculum that helps youngsters refine their swimming skills. After beginning with basic swimming fundamentals including leg kicks and arm strokes, instructors move on to more advanced techniques based on each student’s progress. To ensure that students receives their due attention and aren’t just tunas dressed to look like children, the swimming school keeps its class sizes small, with a max of five students per teacher in standard group lessons and a max of three students per teacher in the preschool program.

404-548 Fitch Street
New Haven,
Connecticut
US