One Call Junk Haul sends its muscular staff throughout the Boston proper, Boston north, and Boston south areas, where they fill sturdy truck beds with refuse from homes and offices. The company collects nearly any unwanted item, from mattresses and hot tubs to jungle gyms and construction debris, stopping short of potentially hazardous materials such as batteries, paint thinner, and burn books. After each collection, which is efficiently routed to avoid wasting fuel, One Call Junk Haul follows other green initiatives such as recycling and donating as many items as possible.
Usually a bed is required for a full-body massage, but at Beijing Herbal Foot Spa, an armchair is all that's needed. Upon taking a seat in the massaging chair, clients can choose an herb to be added to their warmed foot bath: lavender, green tea, rosemary, lemongrass, or chamomile. As their feet soak, a certified reflexologist begins manipulating acupressure points along the face, head, neck, and shoulders.
Reflexology is the spa's specialty, so the next step is removing feet from the bath for a complete reflexology massage. The treatment is designed to stimulate organs throughout the body by targeting various pressure points in the feet, thereby relieving symptoms ranging from tension headaches to menstrual cramps. And though reflexology is the focus, it's not the finale: each session ends with the therapist fully reclining the chair and having the client turn onto his or her stomach for acupressure and a percussive massage of the shoulders, back, arms, and legs.
B&S Fitness Program is composed of four different fitness-related branches, all of which are overseen by cofounders Brandi and Steven Dion. At North Shore Boot Camp Company, Brandi and Steven, along with their staff, lead indoor and outdoor boot-camp classes at locations across Massachusetts. On the track, they coordinate marathons and triathlons throughout the year for B&S Event Management, and hit the races themselves as part of a running team called SpiderOne Racing. Since every team needs a home base, the duo also operates B&S Sport Science, a 10,700-square-foot facility devoted to research- and technology-based services such as ACL rehab and personal training.
If you stumble over a few of the ingredients in Life Alive’s signature Goddess bowl, don’t worry—you’re not the only one. That’s why the restaurant’s website keeps a glossary of its menu’s potentially baffling ingredients and their health benefits. The Ginger Nama Shoyu sauce, for example, may seem outlandish to Americans but “the Champagne of Soy Sauce” shouldn’t be. It’s 100% organic and non-GMO, ages for four years in cedar kegs with less salt than traditional soy sauce, and is completely raw. Ginger adds an extra dose of healing, since it naturally eases digestive issues and nausea, as well as ulcers and inflammation. In this particular dish, the potent sauce flavors a medley of carrots, beets, broccoli, dark greens, tofu, and short-grain brown rice—a nutritional powerhouse all on its own. The Goddess bowl epitomizes Life Alive’s approach to vegan food: it should be organic, whole, and therapeutic, and use ingredients that come from local farms. And, it should meet these requirements without sacrificing flavor or convenience. In addition to nourishing the body, Life Alive believes that cuisine should also benefit the environment and the community. That’s why the restaurant sources its ingredients sustainably, recycles and composts scraps, and uses biodegradable packaging and cleaning materials formulated without chemicals or bacon.
To help women achieve their fitness goals, the certified personal trainers at Get In Shape For Women focus on four areas: weight training, cardio training, nutrition, and accountability. In small group sessions, trainers modify exercises to suit up to four ladies' fitness levels, beginning by calibrating strength-training sessions—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each client's abilities while still ensuring they are challenging themselves. Then comes high-intensity cardio interval-training sessions in which trainers encourage exercisers to achieve optimal results on the treadmill or elliptical.
The trainers supplement the group workouts with nutritional planning centered around the concept of eating six small, balanced meals six days a week. They set aside the seventh day as a "free day" for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To hold their women accountable, trainers talk nutrition on the floor during scheduled appointments, and the ladies' progress toward reaching their goals is measured by trainers each week.