At Fit4Mom Richmond, moms can exercise without worrying about using a daycare facility or babysitter. That’s because babies are allowed to join in the classes, nestling in their strollers as moms work out with exercises such as power walking, strength and body toning, ab work, and stretching. The fitness instructors are all certified in pre- and postnatal fitness, and sometimes they lead specialty classes such as running clubs.
Board-certified podiatric surgeon Dr. Chris Stewart does more than oversee NovoNail; he’s dedicated his entire career to developing the treatment plans used at the clinic. Dr. Stewart has combined existing treatment methodologies—topical ointments, oral medicines, laser care, and surgical procedures—with his own techniques. Though the number of treatments necessary depends on the severity of each case and length of each talon, Dr. Stewart has mastered the art of unmasking a natural-looking, fungus-free look.
A fusion of Pilates, yoga, ballet, and calisthenics, Local Barre’s fitness classes tone muscles and strengthen cores with low-impact exercises taught by expert instructors. Because the classes leverage body weight and light free weights, students work at their own pace and comfort level to effectively stretch out taut legs muscles and chisel silhouettes. Classes stay cozy with no more than 18 students, ensuring everyone ample room to dip into a graceful plié across the wood-floored studio, and making sure there's enough music to go around.
The instructors at Mountain Tae Kwon Do and Martial Arts teach the art of self-defense, but their wisdom runs deeper than simple demonstrations of flashy kicks and strikes. They enrich the lives of their students through discipline-filled lessons that pair martial instruction with techniques for maintaining a positive attitude and developing respect. Whether they're in traditional lessons, after-school programs, or seasonal camps, kids follow a core guideline of moral development aimed at helping them make informed, conscious decisions in their everyday lives.
Inside the Synergy Tea Room, students can sip herbal brews amid books and calming music in preparation for a challenging or soothing yoga class. As a session begins, they step into the soundproof studio to unfurl their mats on the carpet. The instructor surveys the class—counting no more than 12 heads at a time—and flexes into the first pose, ensuring that between words and demonstration, everyone in class can follow along.
This soothing and gradual progression into yoga practice is a common sight at Synergy Yoga Studio, a Yoga Alliance–registered school and affiliate of the Himalayan Institute. Here, beginners and advanced yogis alike stretch in an atmosphere that eschews competition as much as it welcomes healing energy. Most of the classes are taught in the Hatha yoga style, blending postures with breath work to relax students. During lessons and workshops, the staff emphasizes the value of yoga tenets for holistic wellness—a goal that also informs the treatments of onsite massage and Healing Touch therapists.
Dr. John J. Andre draws on training in general dentistry, Invisalign systems, and laser treatments while heading a team of doctors and dental hygienists. They perform treatments that range from routine cleanings to implants or extractions, leaving smiles that are beautiful even when directed eerily at the only other person in a life raft. The dentists also specialize in pediatric dentistry, striving to put children at ease during cleanings and to educate them about oral hygiene.