At Murray Hill Health & Racquet Club, the mission is simple: Look and feel better. The route you take in getting there, though, is completely up to you. Since 1972, the club has offered guests and members a varied selection of fitness opportunities. Today, it features cardio machines equipped with individual TVs, strength-training gear, and more than 50 large-group classes. And the trainers provide sports-specific training with year-round golf and tennis programs. For added convenience, the club also hosts childcare services, which means parents don't need to find a babysitter.
Elements Massage fends off unnecessary medical procedures with soothing techniques that trigger the body's natural healing abilities. Clients are paired with therapists who assess their specific aches and health conditions. They then use four levels of pressure and a blend of up to six modalities, such as deep-tissue, Swedish massage, and finger ballet, to create a customized massage. Their soothing kneads combat pain, loosen tight limbs, and disperse oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.
American Dental Arts furnishes private treatment rooms, where Dr. Homa Faridnia performs routine exams, root canals, and teeth-straightening Invisalign. Dr. Faridnia bulks up her brain with the latest developments in the dental field by regularly attending continuing-education classes and seminars hosted by the tooth fairy. She also spends her time volunteering with Heartworks, a group that doles out random acts of kindness to its community.
Balanced several feet off the ground inside silky white hammocks, students at Core Connection practically levitate as they tackle challenging yoga poses during the studio’s antigravity yoga classes. Core Connection’s wide-ranging slate of classes helps students connect physical wellness with mental wellness through strength building and a non-competitive environment.
Surrounded by vast windows and gleaming wood floors, the passionate instructors lead sessions such as Bar Sculpt, a core-building class that uses the ballet bar and isometric exercises to create lean muscles. Core Connection also rents out its picturesque space for meetings, photo shoots, and parties that combine exercise with catered meals, massages, and spirited games of Pin the Tail on the Yogi.
Grandmaster Taek Sung Cho has accrued more than 40 years of martial-arts experience and a host of titles on his resumé, including coach for the International Junior Taekwondo Championships and the U.S. Junior Olympic Taekwondo Team. However, he derives the most reward from his role as teacher, a position he has coveted since establishing Master Cho's Talium in 1991. Working with expert instructors, he imparts the value of community and inner balance through the lens of tae kwon do technique.
Master Cho's lessons amplify confidence as well as coordination in young children, teens, and adults. Students can practice with others in their age group or alongside their families, depending on whether their school bus or their house transforms into a giant fighting robot. Kardio Kickboxing workouts toast calories with rapid jabs, and the staff emphasize the social aspect of self-defense training by hosting summer camps and birthday parties.