When doctors recommended surgery to treat Jennifer Heinstadt's painful scoliosis—a condition in which the spine forms a lateral "S" or "C" curve—she began researching alternative healing methods to avoid going under the knife. Her search led her to Elise B. Miller, a yoga guru who focused specifically on treating scoliosis. Miller taught her how to get in touch with her body through the ancient practice of yoga, helping her to arrest the spinal curve, correct postural misalignment, and diminish the pain altogether. Heinstadt was so affected by these techniques that she wanted to share her positive experiences with patrons suffering from similar afflictions, eventually following in Miller's footsteps and studying yoga for scoliosis.
Today, she and her staff lead pupils of all ages, skill levels, and body types through a wide range of therapeutic yoga styles, including shanti flow, yin yoga, and Vinyasa. Amid a tranquil ambiance, each class centers around gentle movements, and many include meditation practice to help free students' minds from the 21st century stresses of working long hours and raising families of bionic androids.
A frequent qualifying course for the U.S. Amateur, Piney Branch Golf Club's 18-hole course has a reputation as one of Maryland's best designs. The course arcs fairways over rolling hills and through clusters of trees, all leading to challenging greens. But while its 6,781-yard length from the tips may bring scratch golfers to their knees, the course offers five tee options to make the test passable for players of all abilities. Before teeing off, players can warm up with unlimited range balls at the driving range, practice their touch on the short game range, or bury underperforming drivers in a practice bunker. Those who aren't concerned with their handicap can simply enjoy the grounds' beautiful gardens and impeccable landscaping, best enjoyed from the massive windows of the hilltop clubhouse.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,781 yards from the tips * Course rating of 73.9 from the tips * Slope rating of 130 from the tips * Five tee options
The team members at Soldierfit are just like anyone else?dads and moms, sons and daughters, neighbors and friends. Where they set themselves apart, though, is at the gym. At Soldierfit, this tight-knit group carves out a community of likeminded folks who pursue both the physical and intangible benefits of fitness. Confidence, camaraderie, and character are all natural byproducts of Soldierfit classes, which are heavily rooted in intense military-style workouts. During sessions, exercisers must overcome any number of challenges, from drills and calisthenics to body weight exercises and weight training.
At Full Stride Wellness, experienced massage therapists gear their services to virtually any musculoskeletal need. Athletes benefit from the clinic's sports massages, which help them increase flexibility and prevent injury, while expectant mothers find relief from their baby's in-utero gymnastics with Craniosacral massages. Other modalities cater to anyone looking to relax or for pain relief; the therapists can perform gentle Swedish strokes. Nutritional supplements and fitness equipment help clients stay healthy between visits, and convenient membership programs keep them coming back for discounted massages.
Designed by founder and renaissance woman Lynne Brick and her accomplished husband, Victor, Brick Bodies and Lynne Brick's health clubs share a fitness cornucopia of group classes, personal-training sessions, and women’s health tips. They stock their workout facilities with premium cardio and strength-training equipment, as well as offer amenities that may include pools, childcare services, and volcano-free saunas. Each of the seven locations sports its own personality, including the Owings Mills and Belvedere facilities, which operate as all-female communities.
The Brick's also employ a team of certified instructors, who lead more than 30 types of group fitness classes, allowing students of all skill levels access to sessions that range from low-impact workouts, such as BodyVive, to more intense courses, such as the kickboxing-inspired BodyCombat classes.