In 1981, Rabia Erduman's search for truth led her from Istanbul, her country of origin, to an ashram in India, where a meditative spiritual experience amid thousands of people helped her discover that life offers each individual many options and that change is possible. She went on to earn a bachelor's degree in psychology and become a certified hypnotherapist, and now assists others who are struggling toward self-discovery. In addition to facilitating change via the subconscious mind, Erduman performs bodywork, such as reiki energy therapy and therapeutic massage.
Erduman leads self-awareness workshops and is the author of Veils of Separation, a modern-day fairy tale narrated from the perspective of the inner child. She has also created several CDs that guide people toward true happiness. Her relaxation CD mimics the sound of the ocean and the rhythm of waves, relaxing the mind so it can become fully still and attuned to the subtleties of a seashell's life story.
Armed with a master?s degree in Chinese Medicine, Oona Hull works to naturally detect and ease the source of poor health. Her practice, Acupuncture and Alternative Medicine Center, takes full advantage of Eastern medicine to offer patients a full flight of preventative care. Acupuncture treatments help relieve blockages in the body?s energy pathways, and natural herbs fill the holes in the Western diet commonly caused by eating too many processed foods.
Continuing the center?s theme of natural restoration, massage therapy is used to calm overworked muscles. The center also offers ancient qi gong therapies that help bolster the body?s energy and ability to heal itself, which is why UFC fighters often undergo qi gong mid-bout.
Kathleen Kane sees the pursuit of fitness as an endless journey marked by constant striving for an ideal. She named her fitness enterprise after ?kaizen,? a Japanese word meaning ?continual improvement.? Kathleen and her fellow trainers help students strive for that ideal through personal training and sweat-soaked group boot-camp sessions. A student of sports psychology, Kathleen pays special attention to positive encouragement and can offer brief pep talks through phone calls, emails, or a cheerleading squad sent to your front yard. The fitness fiends at Kaizen also offer sports-specific training as well as motocross-specific training.
The staff members at Diversified Soft Tissue Therapy have several means of relieving bodily aches and improving athletic performance. However, they typically don't prescribe anything until they've performed a postural analysis, which uses high-tech software to help chart the course of each client's treatment. Treatments may include anything from a soothing massage to Pilates classes, which strengthen the core and lengthen muscles. The staff is also there for clients outside of the office: they provide them with custom home-care plans, which include tutorials and access to a personalized video library for all of the information they'll need to maintain results on their own.
Master Pilates Instructor Meg Sullivan has used Pilates to help heal and train a diverse clientele that includes Navy SEALs, senior citizens, and joint-replacement patients. The former gymnast and Division I lacrosse star provides private, hands-on lessons that help develop long, lean muscles and improve joint functioning. Megan and her team lead sessions in her intimate studio full of Pilates apparatus. The studio is set up for one on one attention for its students so that Pilates-goers may focus on movements without distractions from other classes simultaneously in progress.
Led by Kate Hardy and Madalynna Aliotti, the staff of Harmony Body Kinetics works to help guests feel stronger and more flexible through Pilates and Gyrotonic classes. They lead students through intense classes, helping them perfect the postures while also learning how to apply the moves to everyday life.