At Laprise Chiropractic & Wellness Center, Kristie Hosey is part of the team that works to maintain patients' wellness, and Kristie's focus is on helping clients move well. She works to relieve tensions and recurring pains through therapeutic massage. Clients with achy backs or sprained muscles may receive a host of benefits from Kristie's Swedish massages, including reduced anxiety and muscle spasms.
Optical Expressions' friendly staff of frame wranglers and licensed optometrists outfits faces with a stylish array of designer eyewear. Like an eagle landing on the runways of Milan, the boutique’s chic frames merge impeccable vision and high fashion through lenses ($69+) and lens holders from well-known labels such as Versace ($209–$350) and Gucci ($300–$429). Each appointment lasts a brief half hour to an hour, efficiently and accurately fixing customers up with a frame to match individual styles. In addition to equipping eyeballs with transparent eyewear, Optical Expressions’ vast emporium of designer sunglasses from Ray-Ban ($99–$179), John Varvatos ($199–$399), and Prada ($199–$400) fashionably shield corneas from the jealous glances of the sun.
The pressure was starting to get to Karoun Charkoudian, much like a teakettle when an entire family stares at it impatiently. She had completed grad school and was looking for a corporate gig, and this new phase in life was causing her a lot of confusion. But all of that went away when a friend brought her to a Bikram yoga class in 2003. There, she discovered newfound peace and clarity. In the years that followed, Karoun completed teacher training for several types of yoga, including Vinyasa flow and Iyengar, and became heavily influenced by the meditative movements of Chinese qi gong.
Now she shares her expertise within the bright green walls at Karoun Yoga. The intimate, modern studio is also home to other experienced instructors who approach yoga from the realms of fitness, rehabilitation, dance, and spirituality.
At Gold's Gym, a nationwide fitness franchise in business more than 45 years, novice and veteran athletes alike torch calories and tone cores in group exercise classes, with free weights, and on cardio machines. Classes are scheduled seven days a week at both of the West Springfield and Chicopee locations, where booties shrink to Latin-inspired jams with Zumba and muscles stave off boredom in high-intensity interval training sessions. Other classes include PiYo, which crunches cores through a fusion of yoga and Pilates, and RPM, an indoor cycling workout during which pedalers climb simulated peaks and giant bean stalks as energy-boosting music reverberates through frames. Before embarking upon fitness journeys, new members can participate in a series of free training and nutrition appointments. Both locations boast childcare services, full-service juice bars, tanning booths, and nametags for those who become unrecognizable in their newly sculpted bodies.
Hartford Magazine recommends Dr. Janice Yanni as a top area dentist, and both the doctor and her qualified staff strive to keep patients comfortable as they outfit them with corrective orthodontic devices. An initial exam—including x-rays, photos, and impressions of your mouth terrain—paves the way for a set of traditional braces, customized teeth sheaths, or Incognito braces designed to slowly shift your walnut crackers into perfect alignment. Invisalign straightens crooked chompers through a combination of advanced 3-D computer graphics and the sorcerous incantations of old-fashioned orthodontia. Orthodontists are trained and certified in the Invisalign process, which eschews cumbersome braces for clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible to the unclothed eye.
At Second Wind Yoga, students unroll their mats in a carpeted studio lit by soft lamps. Instructors walk them step by step through the poses and breath work of various styles, including Hatha, Vinyasa, and gentle yoga. They also offer chair yoga and hot yoga, whose high temperatures induce sweating to help flush out bodily toxins.
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