As a teenager, Sarah Heward suffered two herniated disks, which left her literally crawling out of bed throughout her teenage years until she was 30. Because her demands as a mother of three young children made it impossible to take time off for surgery, she sought an exercise modality to help heal her damaged back. Sarah found Pilates, which brought her fast relief from the years of pain. Now completely rehabilitated, she leads students of all fitness levels in finding physical wellness at her own studio in both small-group classes and private lessons.
The studio is lined with Pilates machines including reformers and springboards, designed to build patrons’ strength without adding bulk by utilizing the practitioner's own body weight as resistance. She also translates the exercises to mat-based routines, where students need nothing more than willing abdominals and their lucky spandex ascot to complete the full-body-toning regimen.
Walking into Dr. Michael A. Esposito’s office, one of the first things patients see are the autographed astronaut photographs bedecking the walls. But among them, they can also spot some of the articles on cosmetic dentistry he’s penned for publications such as Contemporary Esthetics and Lifestyle. Although Dr. Esposito performs the full range of dental services, it’s in beautifying smiles where his skill really shines. Apart from whitening treatments and veneer procedures, he also performs laser gum contouring, which shapes gum lines with less trauma than a blade.
"We give kids the confidence to protect themselves." These eight words sum up the motto for MartialArtsProgramsforkids.com as well as the mission of their curriculum. At a wealth of locations along the East Coast, youngsters learn confidence, discipline, and respect as they boost skills in a variety of disciplines, including jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts. The skills learned in these lessons can also help them defend themselves in the face of bullies and family cats that won't share the remote control.
"What Type of Athlete Are You?" GCMC poses this question to its clients, because it operates under the philosophy that everyone leads an active, demanding lifestyle. Though GCMC caters to professional and recreational athletes, it also addresses the stressors of "industrial" athletes—those who spend ample time in a car and function on little sleep—as well as "domestic" athletes—parents who spend their time tending to kids or hormonal teenage guinea pigs.
No matter which kind of athlete you are, the instructors at GCMC can help you get in shape or recover from injuries. Fitness instructors lead classes such as Beach Body Burn and core-strengthening Matwork Flow Pilates. Additionally, GCMC's therapists and chiropractors address a range of issues, from ankle sprains to postsurgical rehabilitation.
A doctor of medicine and osteopathy, Dr. Kipervas primarily focuses her healing trade on making women feel confident about themselves, which she recognizes as an important aspect of health. She achieves this goal through cosmetic procedures such as Botox injections, microdermabrasion treatments, and laser hair-removal sessions. But her services extend beyond mere aesthetics; she also helps patients plan for families, shed excess pounds, and quit smoking.
Gibsons Fitness Health & Wellness spans two floors and a slew of specialized areas, from the Upstairs RPM Spinning Room to the dedicate nutrition store downstairs. The gym's owners pack the floor with Cybex or Nautilus machines, and dedicate their classrooms to yoga, Les Mills Bodypump, or Zumba. Meanwhile, personal trainers make use of both types of areas, creating customized programs to help clients reach personal fitness goals such as losing weight or bench-pressing an actual park bench. The whole team strives to make trips to the gym easy by offering extra services such as child care, an on-site apparel shop, and lockers for personal belongings.