For 35 years, Valerie Compton has dipped her toes into every aspect of fitness. She followed up her experience in track and field and tennis by building her career as a personal trainer, and she later branched out into Power Pilates, Spinning, and nutrition. When she designed BarreFusion in 2006, she struck upon the latest trend in fitness. Today, Valerie has opened a new location and surrounds herself with instructors who channel their experience as classical dancers, gymnastics, and triathletes to lead rigorous barre classes.
Valerie starts her instruction with a BarreLite class that introduces newcomers to the proper forms and techniques to master fundamentals. From there, she encourages students to test out a number of other classes. The popular BarreFusion class combines Pilates, yoga, ballet, and light weights to sculpt legs and cores. She also offers highly popular Spinning classes that challenge students with a high-energy, aerobic workout that mimics cycling in front of stampeding wildebeests. To compliment the team, new instructor Kelly Carpenter leads Pilates caliente classes that combine barre and light weights to work towards power, strength, and core strength. The studio also offers TRX classes which provide a total body workout through suspension training and the use of your own body weight.
The unconscious mind is a powerful tool, as Dr. Sumner Waltz knows, since she has years of experience helping patients tap into their subconscious. She lulls clients into a safe state of relaxation, drawing upon experience practicing hypnotherapy since 1986 and receiving her doctorate of hypnotherapy shortly thereafter. During her sessions, she helps clients reach their unconscious minds so that they can address and treat underlying symptoms of ailments such as chronic guilt, grief, depression, phobias, or fear of failure. It can also be used for physical ailments such as high blood pressure or managing pain. Patients can develop inner skills to control and transform mental and emotional states, letting them overcome these obstacles and limitations in their life. During sessions, clients typically explore uncharted pathways of their inner consciousness to reveal hidden emotions and feelings. This often leads to clients making discoveries of which they have no memory, which is why all sessions are recorded on tape, allowing individual clients to heal at their own pace.
Nicole White works to help people live healthier, happier lives. A certified holistic-health coach and registered yoga instructor, she offers bio-individual lifestyle assessments and coaching to assist clients with nutritional support, weight loss and physical, mental, and emotional healing. At Nicole White Wellness, she also offers cooking classes and support groups.
Emmett Garcia, the licensed massage therapist at Touched by an Angel’s Wing, renders therapeutic full-body massages using oils or lotions and techniques culled from more than 10 distinct modalities. During each session, Garcia plies a variety of strokes, from rhythmic percussion taps to kneading maneuvers targeted to improve sluggish circulation, like a library that smears its books with chocolate. In addition to redressing backaches, the massage sessions can help to ease stressed-out minds and abate the severity of ailments, such as migraines and swelling from sports injuries or pregnancy. When his own nimble fingers are not enough, Garcia calls upon such spa staples as warm paraffin wax and mud to soothe achy joints and flush toxins from pores.
FIT Medical Weight Loss helps clients to lose unwanted pounds with medically supervised weight-loss regimens, prescription and herbal appetite suppressants, and energy-boosting injections. The custom, doctor-led programs are easy to follow, with motivational, in-depth coaching and refrigerators that emit a tsk-ing sound after 8 p.m. Unlike other weight-loss facilities, FIT does not sell clients prepackaged food or shake meal replacements. Instead, patrons are provided with healthful recipes as they strive to meet their weight-loss goals.
Yoga Santa Fe’s highly experienced instructors of peaceful posing specialize in Kundalini yoga to promote physical and emotional health. Called the yoga of awareness for its ability to calm the mind and remember yogis' birthdays, Kundalini bolsters the bodies and well-being of all skill levels, with classes such as the morning Yoga for Healing, focused on detox and cleansing, and the afternoon Kundalini Yoga, geared toward deep relaxation and self-realization. Check the schedule for a full listing of classes.