A woman’s relationship ends, and she finds herself on the couch with a pint of ice cream; a college student is nervous for his upcoming midterm, so he stuffs his face with chips and candy. Lauren, owner and founder of The Hungry Heart, relates to these all too common scenarios, as she knows firsthand what binge eating feels like. But more importantly, she knows what it feels like to put an end to bad habits. At the Hungry Heart, she and her staff lead one-on-one hypnotherapy and nutritional counseling sessions designed to break compulsive gorging and yo-yo dieting so clients can lose weight and fall into normal eating patterns.
Named for its setting at the base of the Shawangunk Ridge, Ridgeview Stables invites students to mount a horse and enjoy brisk rides through the leafy dens that it calls home. Riders as young as 3 participate in lessons under the care of owners Neal and Cynthia Mercier, who expose their students to not only English and Western riding but also the equally important aspects of proper horsemanship, care, and history. The well-rounded focus prepares riders young and old for a lifetime of sound riding and love for the sport, whether participating in horse shows or just sauntering along the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, which runs directly through the facility.
Stretched across 79 acres in Pleasant Valley, Meadow Creek Farm equips students with the skills necessary to become well-rounded horsemen. The full-service English riding stable conducts fun, creative private and group lessons, during which students learn not only how to ride, but also how to groom and tack horses. The facility's spacious turnout–complete with large paddocks and rippling grass fields–provides the ideal learning environment. But should inclement weather strike, Meadow Creek boasts an indoor arena, too, where horses will not be tempted to catch snowflakes on their tongues.
When it comes to laser vision correction, the doctors and technicians at Diamond Vision have a lot of options for their patients. Their most well-known treatment, LASIK, gently reshapes the cornea with a minor incision and a laser while LASIK's entirely bladeless cousin, Intralase, uses only lasers. Then there's the photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) procedure, which shapes the cornea directly but requires slightly more downtime. They also offer a few non-laser-based solutions as well that can permanently relieve vision problems or temporarily give patients X-ray vision.
Owner Jacqueline and her staff of estheticians slather organic products onto clients’ faces during facials to help alleviate rosacea, sop up excess oil, or hydrate dry patches. They also scrub away dead skin cells on bodies with raw sugar or extra-fine sandpaper, and bestow eyelashes with extra length using semi-permanent lash extensions.
"A black belt is just a white belt who never quit," say the encouraging senseis of Leclerc's Martial Arts. Masters of the Korean fighting art of tang soo do, which melds the traditions of shotokan karate, subak, taekkyon, and kung fu, Leclec's teaching tactics don't just instill students from ages 3.5 and up with defense skills. They also boost discipline, concentration, and moral, which make disciples crave new pants to match their ascending belt colors, and fuels them with desire to join their tournament teams. That positive attitude permeates all of their martial arts and cardio kickboxing classes, in which adults and children achieve their weight-loss goals and bond over their new-found flexibility.