Joseph D'Antona, The Balance Health & Wellness Center's managing director and winner of the Long Island Press's Best Acupuncturist award for 2011, orchestrates a team of talented therapists who garnered a nod from the same publication for 2011's Best Massage. The expert staff designs each of the spa's services to dissipate stress and remove toxins acquired from holding hands with radioactive superheroes. Jaunts in the far-infrared sauna and water-fueled colon-hydrotherapy sessions promote wellness and are just two of the center's 25 salutary treatments. Spa procedures, such as cleansing, exfoliating facials, soothing hot-stone massages, and acoustic-wave cellulite-reduction therapy beautify bodies and promote a sense of deep relaxation. D'Antona takes a holistic approach to improving the health of clients, and he and the staff make communication a priority throughout each guest's treatment experience, unlike doctors who simply flick a dart at a diagnostic chart.
The board-certified physicians at The Center for Medical Weight Loss develop individualized fitness plans focused on nutrition, physical activity, life style, and medication. Patients begin the quest with a one-on-one consultation with a doctor, discussing their overall health and medication history to devise a weight-loss plan and to make sure their kidneys haven't been stolen. This is followed by a body-composition exam, in which the physician breaks down the percentage of muscle, fat, and water comingling in the human subject and records his or her resting metabolism rate and blood pressure. The preliminary visit concludes with a pair of injections to boost the body's B-12 level and fat-burning ability. The nonsurgical program caters to each patient's metabolism and potential hormonal disorders and sends patients on a path to a slimmer self with minimal rope-climbing burns and a comprehensive weight-loss plan based on the exam's results.
Dr. Elizabeth Roya Emami and the aestheticians at Natural Beauty Derma Spa provide minimally invasive solutions to dermal imperfections and extra inches. Within this elegant Japanese-inspired med-spa, they use chemical peels, injections, and laser treatments to help their clients achieve smoother skin and a more youthful appearance. Dr. Roya fixes up unsightly scars and performs outpatient liposuction at a nearby accredited ambulatory surgical facility, where she has access to state-of-the-art equipment.
Jackie Morrison founded the Long Island Center for Yoga in 2003 to create a beacon within the community, one that would draw individuals seeking healing as well as spiritual and physical growth. To accommodate this range of interests, the schedule embraces a variety of yogic styles. Vinyasa and vigorous yoga classes build strength and endurance with dynamic asana sequences. Restorative yoga, on the other hand, incorporates deep, sustained stretches aided by supportive props. Yoga nidra, meanwhile, encourages introspection with time-honored meditation techniques.
Regardless of the style, self-discovery is a common theme at the studio. Unlike many practice spaces, Long Island Center for Yoga doesn’t hang any mirrors on its walls. This forces students to closely monitor their own form and technique, with instructors on hand to recommend modifications. The studio's Pilates, tai chi, and belly-dancing sessions similarly teach students to recognize the inherent connections between their minds, bodies, and untapped telekinetic abilities.
The slogan “Non-Stop Body Rocking” is emblazoned high above the heads of the hard-working boot-campers at Silly Rock Boot Camp as they sweat their way through high-intensity sessions. Priscilla Compono is the company’s passionate and experienced personal trainer, and she leads students of all fitness levels through challenging sets of push-ups, burpees, and suspension workouts during her one-hour boot-camp classes. She can customize her workouts to accommodate the skill level and fitness goals of the students in her classes. To do this, Priscilla draws on an artillery of weightlifting routines and exercises that rely on short bursts of intense cardio, including running obstacle courses or running from the company’s patented motivation-inspiring tigers.
Feet traverse across the wooden floors of Deer Park Medical Pavilion while track lighting beams down on energetically waving arms. A Zumba class is in session, and students are hardly aware they’re burning calories or left the stove on as they let the upbeat music take over and lead them in dance. But this is only one of scenarios taking place. Elsewhere, clients lie prone on plush treatment beds as aestheticians ease fine lines and acne with hydroxy formulas and vitamin-infused masks. Fitness classes and spa treatments come together under one roof at Imagine Spa & Fitness, where clients let go of everyday stresses while basking in the decor of stone and marble walls and soft, espresso-colored sofas.