A patient mentions pain in his right shoulder. Then, an acupuncturist inserts a needle into his left ankle. Primarily focusing on the distal style of acupuncture, Acupuncture Connections' team is licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine and certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, ensuring that each member knows exactly where to place each pain-battling needle. During each session, one of the acupuncturists inserts an average of 8 to 10 FDA-approved single-use needles into specific areas—along the forearms, hands, lower legs, and head—aiming to treat issues from autoimmune diseases to digestive issues to fatigue. Since distal acupuncture involves the treatment of areas normally exposed while wearing shorts and a T-shirt, patients typically don't need to remove their clothing or steel breastplates. The sessions begin with a private consultation with a practitioner who holds a master's degree in acupuncture.
Though she specializes in noninvasive, relaxing treatments, Rachel Marshall's resumé suggests she hasn't had much time to relax. In the five years since entering the natural-health-and-wellness field, she's been an advanced practitioner of the Ondamed biofeedback system and has received certifications in reflexology, muscle testing, and holistic life coaching. As Natural Health and Wellness of New England's owner and practitioner, she rejuvenates weary feet during reflexology sessions and restores bodily balance with reiki. Alternatively, her Ondamed system rebalances bodies with electromagnetic frequencies, which has been said to help patients with Lyme disease, depression, metabolic disorders, chronic pain, and smoking cessation. Other treatments include an ionic foot-detox machine, which helps to detoxify feet with a negative-ion-filled footbath, and raindrop therapy, which flushes out toxins by sprinkling nine essential oils onto spinal reflexes of the feet and back.
New York Sports Clubs, part of Town Sports International's network of fitness loci, opens up a number of equipment-stocked facilities across New York to exercisers. Strength-training gear, such as circuit machines, free weights, and medicine balls, molds muscles into chiseled depictions of physical might. Sessions on cardio machines, ranging from treadmills and ellipticals to upright and recumbent stationary bicycles, inspire burnt calories to pack up and move to cooler climates. Each club offers a schedule of group classes that draws from more than 100 fitness styles, including Pilates, yoga, and boxing, ensuring that no member has to jazzercise without a spotter. Each location rewards exercisers for sweating in its vicinity with special features such as babysitting, saunas, and steam rooms.
After earning her NFPT certification and conquering her own weight-loss goals, fitness aficionado Mercedes founded Rogue Motivation and Movement to offset mainstream and monotonous exercise regimens. Her boot-camp programs encourage clients to "Go Rogue!" and combat dreary routines with rock climbing, mud obstacle courses, and lifts that replace dumbbells with fidgety dachshunds. Fit Fusion classes combine cardio with a sampling of techniques from popular fitness schools including Zumba, Pilates, and kickboxing and private training and nutritional guidance help clients tackle overall wellness goals.
Don't let the name fool you: no real witches compete in the Wicked Mud Run. That's because they would surely melt on the timed 5K's wet, muddy obstacles. Before crossing the finish line, participants must trudge waterlogged trenches, leap over walls and beams, and navigate their way through a sandbag gauntlet. Afterward, each muddy attendee hoses down before attending an awards ceremony for the top male and female racer. From there, post-race festivities commence with live music, barbecue sizzling on smokers, and torrents of Cisco beer filling glasses. A portion of the run's proceeds benefit charities such as the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance.
At Remedy Personal Training, Karee Koliss draws from more than 10 years of personal-training experience to help men and women of all ages achieve their fitness goals in a non-intimidating atmosphere. She can train clients in a specific sport and guide them through resistance training tailored to their individual goals. In addition, patrons can benefit from her nutritional-counseling expertise.