The F.I.T.T. Pit's CEO and head fitness coach Andre Thomas leads a team of attentive trainers who help kick-start clients’ exercise programs, no matter their age. In the 30-day outdoor boot camp for adults, instructors lead workouts and show clients how to stick to a nutrition plan and stay focused on their goals. A course tailored to older adults helps participants stay healthy by building muscle mass, which can ease joint pain and increase metabolism. And kids can learn healthy habits to last a lifetime in a fitness program that combines exercises and games.
Since 2005, Dr. Melanie Carreon has performed liposuction and since June 2007, more than 1,000 SmartLipo laser-liposuction treatments to contour and reshape abdomens, thighs, and chins. Accredited by the Accreditation Associations for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), Laser Cosmetic Solutions has met nationally recognized standards for health care and strives to keep patients as safe and comfortable as possible during the procedure. During the treatment, which is performed under local anesthesia, Dr. Carreon uses the SmartLipo MPX 46-watt system to target fat cells with a laser beam that can dissolve the cells on contact and keeps molecular-size thieves from stealing cellular diamonds. The dissolved cells then are quietly massaged from the body in the back of a suction security van or tidily expelled as waste. SmartLipo is a minimally invasive procedure that reshapes problem areas and may improve the appearance of slackening skin, but will not cure obesity or make dramatic alterations.
It was the early 1980s, and after devoting about a decade of her life to fitness, Zayna Gold felt like her body was beaten up. Over time, she began noticing that her high-intensity gym workouts were hurting her body as much as—if not more than—they were helping it. Her husband, Clark, was having the same problem. An avid weightlifter and runner, he found the physical wear and tear was starting to prevent him from maintaining his physique. Zayna recalled teaching Pilates early on in her career, and how it worked her entire body with low-impact movements. She returned to the lengthening and strengthening classes, and by 1989, she and Clark founded Boston Body Pilates.
Their mat, equipment, and barre classes each call upon low-impact stretches and resistance moves that strengthen the core, elongate muscles, and promote overall muscle tone. Zayna's signature program, Brand New Body, challenges students to complete 30 Pilates or barre classes over 2–3 months; and upon completion, they may notice significant changes to their figure. The schedule also includes spinning classes, in diverse variations such as Zen Spin and Spin Bootcamp. In any class, Zayna and her large team of instructors inspire their students to establish a mind-body connection, helping them to feel both physically and mentally stronger, much like solving a crossword puzzle carved in stone.
According to Eastern tradition, chi—the body’s internal energy—flows along a web-like network of pathways throughout the body, connecting the brain to organs and tissues and ultimately serving as a key to wellness. For thousands of years, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners have treated everything from stress to infertility through these channels, redirecting energy and unblocking paths with sterile, hair-thin needles in an effort to restore balance and natural healing. At Koru Therapy, Geralyn Kruger and Elizabeth Debari continue this time-tested practice, helping alleviate injuries, high blood pressure, depression, and a slew of other conditions.
Elizabeth and Geralyn aren’t alone in their efforts, either—they’re joined by licensed massage therapists Carrie Stevens and Meg Taylor. These muscle gurus calm bodily tissues with custom massages that react and adapt to each client’s individual concerns. Specializing in pregnancy, myofascial, and Swedish modalities, among others, the duo can effectively eliminate chronic pain and tension or rehabilitate injuries obtained through sports or heated games of footsie.