Dorothy Souza oversees a team of metaphysically buff intuitives who scry the spirit realm in adherence with a number of ancient traditions. Readers preside with Wiccan wisdom over classes and ceremonies, and assist with tarot and psychic readings, performed virtually every day, unlike the English queen's crab walk. For physical ailments, the healers prescribe similarly esoteric techniques such as reiki, a Japanese method of “laying on hands,” and other modalities, which aims to disintegrate the physical blockages to one's chi. On Sundays, the First Spiritualist Church of Rhode Island congregates at Positive New Beginnings, and some believers on staff may at times be able to attempt to reach out to the shrouded world after this one.
Monster Mini Golf welcomes guests of all ages with 18 holes of spooky, glow-in-the-dark fun. Fog machines, colorful lasers, and special effects lighting surround the custom-designed indoor course. Meanwhile, an energetic soundtrack of 70s, 80s, and 90s party music keeps spirits high as the visitors conquer each hole’s monster-themed obstacles and hazards. In between songs, the course DJ pumps up the crowds with interactive games and trivia questions, rewarding lucky winners with take-home prizes. Groups of family and friends can return to one of the private party rooms once they finish the course or they can visit Monster Mini Golf’s arcade and play on the glowing air hockey tables, skee ball machines, and other games.
At Shape Up East Providence, instructors bring together the thrill of dancing and the satisfaction of a good workout. In Zumba classes, passionate instructors walk students through accessible dance moves, stringing steps together into cardio routines set to energetic music. Aside from regular Zumba workouts, they also host Zumba Toning—a variant that outfits guests with maraca-like weights to build strength—and ZumbAtomic for kids. As an alternative to the festive spins and turns, certified personal trainer Stacie Venagro hosts boot-camp and no-contact kickboxing classes as well as one-on-one training sessions.
Shape Up complements its exercise regimens with tasty supplements from its nutrition club. There, guests can order meal-replacement shakes in flavors such as Oreo, wildberry, and piña colada, which act as more fulfilling dinner substitutes than a pitcher of chilled air. The club's menu also features calorie-burning teas, athletic supplements, and guilt-free pudding pies in a cup. Wellness coaches remain on-hand to consult with clients, performing detailed health evaluations to track goals and progress.
Before she took her first yoga class in 2003, Kelly O'Connell led a very different life than she does today. According to a story by Leigh Medeiros of Seekonk-Swansea Patch, O'Connell spent her days stretching herself thin as a principal in a stock brokerage firm before she decided to try a new kind of stretching: heated yoga. Through the practice, O'Connell found herself growing not only more physically flexible, but also more mentally adaptable. She told Medeiros, "I used to get lost in my emotions, but now there’s space between me and everything else that happens in the world. In that space there’s peace.”
To share the inner harmony she had discovered, O'Connell earned her yoga-instructor certification in 2008. She went on to complete several advanced trainings, including becoming a certified yoga life coach, a certified yoga personal trainer, and an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) through Yoga Alliance. Today she owns and operates Yoga One, where she and her team guide adults and kids toward finding balance both in and out of the studio. They also host teacher trainings and events, including a book club, Reiki sessions, and meditation workshops featuring chocolate tastings that stimulate the mind and taste buds better than eating a haiku written in alphabet soup.
Dr. Pedro DeAlmeida dedicates himself to translating spine health into whole-body well-being. Backbone believers who roll themselves into DeAlmeida Chiropractic & Rehab for a thorough exam of their weary vertebrae (a $75 value) can receive treatment that will help relieve back, leg, and arm pain; increase ease and range of motion; healthify joints; and improve balance. A 30-minute soft-tissue massage (a $60 value) increases blood flow, unknots muscle tissue, and kindly asks inflammatory chemicals to wash their mouths out and find the exit.