Ritual and ceremony are a big part of horseback riding, according to Jessica Martinelli, the owner and head instructor at J.L.M. Equestrian. "It's more than just getting on and going," she says. "There's a lot of care involved too." Jessica, who's been riding since the age of 6, teaches students how to properly brush, tack, and saddle a horse during lessons.
Once their steeds are prepped, students climb aboard one of the farm's team of 11 horses, which includes Rodney, a dark-brown gelding who flips his friendly tail during most of a week's 35 lessons. In the saddle, beginners learn balance and control under staff supervision. They?ll learn to take the reins in the 100'x200' outdoor riding arena, where they practice using their legs and feet to control and communicate with the horse. More advanced riders practice jumps.
Sometimes the first few lessons snowball into a genuine passion. Jessica herself saw her initial interest blossom into a lifelong love highlighted by competitions with the US equestrian team and an appearance at Madison Square Garden during the National Horse Show. For those students looking to get more involved, Jessica offers camps, and some students go on to compete in regional competitions or the state's interscholastic riding program.
After walking through the front door to Healing in Harmony Wellness Center, the delicate fragrance of essential oils is the first thing that welcomes a visitor in, followed by earth-tone walls and friendly healers. Each member of the team works with clients to help overcome their health problems through an array of services that touch on massage, facials, reiki healing, and other therapies. With a menu of massage modalities and cupping techniques, clients have many options to choose from, such as the Soul massage, which incorporates reiki into soothing strokes and carefully applied pressure. To ensure clients also feel better on the outside, the staff performs aesthetic services including facials and nail services.
At SpinWorksRI.com's facility, exercisers pedal at one's own pace during spin classes that build both endurance and strength. For beginners, the studio offers personalized introductory classes, and for non-spinners, it provides other fitness favorites such as Pilates, TRX suspension training and Total body Fitness.
10,000 feet: the height to which your Cessna will climb.
120 mph: the speed you'll attain during a heart-pumping free fall.
20 minutes: all the training you'll need to reach these stats.
Boston Skydive Center makes it exceedingly easy to cross off a classic bucket-list experience?easy and safe. Owner and sky diver Dean O'Flaherty has some impressive numbers of his own, which include thousands of tandem drops. In fact, each of the center's instructors has thousands of jumps on their resume as well as certifications from the United States Parachute Association. Their vast experience, combined with Boston Skydive's state-of-the-art equipment, has produced an impeccable safety record. That means that, during jumps, all customers have to do is enjoy the view and hope their boss doesn't look up and spot them playing hooky.
Located inside the No Risk Crossfit Fitness Complex, Twisted Triangle Yoga Studio is a place to unwind?with yoga. Yoga classes are held seven days a week, so participants can build strength and flexibility while also doing double-duty to calm the mind and spirit.
Ocean State Rock Climbing's instructors guide climbers step-by-step as they progress from their first time on a wall until they tackle advanced problems. Initially, they put novices through a series of entry-level routes. As their climbers advance, they then teach them to belay and master more advanced skills such as lead climbing.
These journeys from beginner to master take place amid the towering walls of Ocean State Rock Climbing's gym. Secured by top ropes, rock climbers scale colorful routes and solve increasingly challenging problems. Crash pads create safe landings as visitors climb across bouldering routes or practice being trolls within two bouldering caves.