Being raised in the Burmese fighting styles by his grandfather and working as a professional fighter between the ages of 16–26, Phil Dunlap is fluent in the language of foot and fist. A time would come, however, that would physically challenge him more than any of the 114 professional fights he's participated in. Prior to his 26th birthday, he broke his neck in a car accident, forcing him to step out of the ring for what medical professionals thought would be forever. This didn’t sit well with Dunlap, who had been used to pushing himself since he was a child. On a mission to prove his doctors wrong, he worked long and hard enough to eventually fight again at the age of 36 and open his very own studio, Advanced Fighting Systems.
Today, he and his team lead classes, including Burmese boxing and mixed martial arts, which focus on self-defense and total-body fitness. They put students through standup striking drills and demonstrate how to wrap legs and arms around opponents to develop useful grappling skills for winning a match in the ring or convincing your boss to give you a raise. While the instructors help fighters train for competitive matches, they don't pressure anyone to go in that direction, creating an environment where everyone can feel free to achieve their own goals.
The Chiro Health Spa of Ramsey’s husband-and-wife physician duo offers an array of bodily reduction and relaxation services. Martha Syga’s licensed healing hands deliver customized massages that can take aim to reduce tension, ease muscle soreness, or improve circulation. The Swedish massage uses gliding strokes to bring dorsal musculature into a trance-like calm, and sports massage prepares athletes to climb to the rocky peak of performance with hasty muscle recovery.
Located inside Mahwah Movement Arts in Mahwah's Ramapo Center, the newly opened Ma Yoga and Meditation is the brainchild of owner and certified instructor Lorin Oneal. Believing that a regular yoga and meditation can change lives for the better, she created a sanctuary for healing and empowerment. Here, clients can take hatha yoga classes for fitness, as well as kundalini yoga sessions, which is a dynamic practice that combines postures, breathing techniques, and energywork. In addition, clients can try Lorin?s own, Goddess Fitness, a dynamic fusion of yoga and bellydancing exclusive to Ma Yoga and Meditation that sculpts a woman's body with precision. The studio is named for the symbol Ma, which means divine mother and rebirth, and in the kundalini tradition, helps open one to compassion, creativity, and intuition. With constantly changing workshops and programs for kids, Ma Yoga is a place to begin or continue an intentional yogic journey.
Dr. Jie Shen studied acupuncture, herbal medicine, and Western treatments in China before moving to the US to continue her practice. After she arrived, she earned her acupuncture certifications three times over—in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania—and settled into J & S Chinese Acupuncture Clinic.
At the office, she applies her 20 years of experience toward relieving a host of ailments such as chronic pain, allergies, infertility, respiratory problems, and emotional disorders. Dr. Shen also encourages patients to participate in a regular tune-up program, arguing that bodies, like cars, need to seen regularly by a professional in order to prevent wear, tear, and rust.
Each Body By Laser clinic pairs cold-laser technology with holistic health practices to help patients lose inches and keep them off. The treatment gets its magic from cold lipolasers, which are designed to gently shrink fat cells by dislodging their contents so that they can be fully discarded through the body's natural metabolic process and series of tiny secondhand stores. Each one-hour treatment series wraps up with a consultation on diet and exercise, along with a quick session atop a whole-body-vibration platform engineered to burn even more calories.
Like art-house films and fish-flavored popsicles, these procedures are not intended for everyone; females who are pregnant or nursing should not undertake the treatment, nor should patients with active forms of cancer. Should any complications be discovered during Body By Laser's initial screening, the company will issue a refund.
Helmed by a team of passionate climbing coaches, both of The Gravity Vault's locations surround climbers with more than 13,000 square feet of climbing space. Walls tower past 35 feet, mimicking such natural rock formations as overhangs, keyhole arches, and slabs, and bouldering areas challenge climbers with a latticework of problems that?unlike most of life's?can't simply be solved with dynamite and a pair of roller skates. Visitors can choose from up to 60 top-rope stations, trusting either the trained staff or a certified fellow climber to man the ropes while they scramble to the summit. When not dangling from a hold or saving lost kittens from a rappel ledge, members can bulk up in the cardiovascular-training area.