Integrative Healing Spa's owner, Amber Gilbo, is a double threat: not only is she a licensed massage therapist, but she's also a yoga instructor with a 200-hour certification under her belt. Her center's healing treatments reflect her dual talents. Therapists offer massages in a range of styles, including four-handed massages, during which two massage therapists work in tandem. They also perform reflexology treatments, which target problems throughout the body by focusing pressure on the hands and feet.?In addition to massage, Integrative Healing offers yoga and meditation classes that hone students' flexibility six days a week. Some classes are held by candlelight, and others are focused on strength-building poses. For clients looking for a more high-intensity workout, Integrative Healing Spa also offers Hoopnotica, a fun, fat-burning workout that blends elements of dance and hula hooping.
A long-time triathlon competitor and Kripalu yoga practitioner, Sandy Eby was hooked on Bikram yoga after her very first class. She lived nearly two hours away from the nearest studio, though, so she tried to recreate the experience in her basement by practicing in front of a space heater. Unfortunately, it wasn't the same. So, Sandy founded Bikram Yoga of Oswego?a studio that occupies the third floor of the historic Kingsford House, but features modern amenities such as showers and a state-of-the-art heating system.
While the intense heat loosens tight muscles and increases circulation throughout the body, instructors lead 90-minute classes designed to accommodate students of all skill, experience, and fitness levels. Each session consists of the same two breathing exercises and 26 asanas, which systematically strengthen muscle groups and promote healthy organ function.
The Wall's bouldering-only climbing facility beckons visitors to scale simulated peaks with angles of up to 90 degrees. Technicolor foot- and handholds pepper the walls, creating 62 different routes that challenge everyone from beginners to Harvard-educated mountain goats. To help to scale these manmade peaks, staff leads both introductory and intermediate bouldering classes. Additionally, the staff frequently changes routes to keep each climb fresh.
Certified instructors shepherd students through sweat-inducing and deep-stretching yoga classes at AM/PM Yoga Source’s newly remodeled studio. Students tote along their own yoga mats for 75-minute intermediate Vinyasa classes, where experienced yogis and yoginis journey through a flowing series of challenging poses, including solar self-esteem-boosting sun salutations. A gentle 75-minute Chair Yoga class encourages pupils to perform tension-alleviating postures while seated to relieve back pain and ease older practitioners into asanas. The studio’s flexible schedule boasts morning and evening class times to accommodate fitness-minded multitaskers and stiff-winged bats.
Rather than focus on creating competition, the instructors at Iannuzzo's Karate & Kickboxing’s 8,000-square-foot facility take a more family-friendly route, eschewing enmity and keeping a positive frame of mind. This approach helps them train students as young as 4 years old in the art of karate. These all-ages classes focus on flexibility, coordination, and basic self-defense skills. Instructors also help adults obliterate calories and take out aggression against the punching bag that once spurned them in kickboxing classes set to up-tempo music. Instead of sparring, individuals undergo an ever-changing series of workouts with heavy bags, medicine balls, weights, and plyometrics. And the staff shows its theatrical side during children's birthday parties—giving martial-arts demonstrations, leading games, and slicing cakes using an authentic samurai sword.
Going to the gym can be an intimidating experience without a kindhearted gym staff and the proper support group of peers for encouragement. Go Figure Gym’s friendly fitness gurus are determined to cultivate a safe, nonjudgmental environment where women can get in shape together. Classes such as Zumba, 30-minute workout circuit training, and hula hoops promote a sense of community as participants sweat side by side, shaking their rumps to Latin music, running in place, and playing Hot Potato with blocks of concrete.