Historically, psychics have divined the future by reading crystal balls, tea leaves, and stick-it notes left in an old time machine. Kimberly Merino's approaches are a bit more grounded. Drawing on more than 15 years of experience, Kimberly uses the palm, tarot cards, and the body's energy channels to aid clients in life decisions ranging from love and career, to friendship and finances. Private chakra-balancing sessions are also available.
Dr. Brian Stenzler, owner of D.R.E.A.M. Wellness, is a one-man who’s-who of chiropractic. As a student, he took a trip to Panama where he spent some time straightening spines pro-bono before performing an adjustment for then first-lady, Dora Boyd Perez Balladares. He flew back to The States where he finished his Doctorate of Chiropractic in 1998, just before graduating Summa cum Laude with a Masters in sports health science in 1999. Two years later, the Red Cross recognized him for his work at ground zero during 9/11, and in 2003 he was named New York Chiropractor of the Year by The New York Chiropractic Council.
And those were just the first five years of his career.
Since then, he’s shepherded a veritable hit parade of professional athletes, celebrities, and politicians back to health, including the likes of Junior Seau, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Orin Hatch. After a cross-continental move to California—where he promptly became the president of the California chiropractic Association—Dr. Stenzler opened the west-coast office of his practice, D.R.E.A.M. Wellness.
The core philosophy of D.R.E.A.M. Wellness is that true wellbeing is much more than simply being free of pain, disease, and sickness. The staff aims to harmonize physical, mental, social, and spiritual wellbeing by emphasizing five particular areas of health, which is where the name D.R.E.A.M. comes in: diet, relaxation, exercise, adjustment, and mental wellbeing. These five facets of wellness have inform the growing number of treatments they offer at their clinic, which includes chiropractic work, massages, nutrition programs, pilates, and more.
A team of passionate instructors—which earned its business CityVoter's 2011 award for Best Pilates Studio—expands Pilates' scope to include more muscle groups than just the core. To do this, the team combines traditional Pilates exercises with strength and cardiovascular training to create invigorating workouts for the entire body. During each class, teachers help students tone core and limb muscles with specialized equipment such as the Proformer, which uses a system of pulleys and spring resistance to bolster strength. To boost sweat-session efforts, they encourage a calorie-burning pace by blaring energetic music and replacing all water fountains with pixy-stick stations. Because their low-impact sessions focus on achieving proper form and minimizing the risk of injury, they push students of all skill levels to complete the rigorous workouts despite their intensity.
Marrying cutting-edge neuroscience with ancient Eastern traditions, Awaken Higher Brain Living Center aims to shift the energy in the brain to its "higher" realm of functioning. Using a gentle-touch technique, practitioners make contact with the body in a series of motions designed to energize the mind while freeing it from primal, fear-based functioning. The 22-session program can help lower stress, as well as lessen depression or anxiety, to give clients greater clarity and happiness.
Certified hypnotherapist Maureen A. Pisani founded Prioritize Yourself to align and strengthen bodies and spirits with alternative health and wellness services such as hypnosis, reflexology, and aromatherapy. During Pisani's popular one-hour hypnosis sessions, clients lounge in cozy recliners to receive subconscious suggestions on stress-relieving practices, weight-loss techniques, or how to be taller. Unlike subjects of stage hypnosis, patients at Prioritize Yourself are fully aware of their surroundings and in control, always able to act within their beliefs or end sessions at any time.
In the three decades since he left his job as the COO of a multimillion-dollar development company, Brian Tracy has delved into the study of success, honing his own experiences with insights from the masters of fields including economics, business, and psychology. Confident in his own research, Tracy now travels through countries across the globe, delivering seminars and leading workshops for more than one million people in 58 countries, including for companies such as Toyota, Bank of America, and Verizon Wireless. He’s also condensed his wisdom into a slate of at-home courses, with DVDs and Web videos serving as virtual coaches until technology allows for the creation of miniature Tracys who deliver lectures from shoulder perches. Available lessons help pupils best personal hurdles by optimizing their time management, jump-starting their personal development, or honing their leadership abilities.