At offices in Great Neck and Floral Park, Dr. Lauren Schwartz leads a podiatric team that’s been keeping feet and ankles healthy for about 20 years.The office addresses general podiatry care for bunions, fractures, heel pain, neuromas, orthotics and diabetic foot care; patients can also opt for a bit of pampering: specially designed sterile pedicures keep toes relaxed and looking their best, and sterile manicures do the same for fingers. The foot facial gets skin ready for open-toed shoes and glass slippers.
Cohen’s Fashion Optical has come a long way since its founder, Jack Cohen, began selling glasses from a pushcart in 1927. From these humble beginnings, Jack’s operation grew into a New York City storefront that has since spawned more than 100 locations along the East Coast and in Puerto Rico.
At each Cohen’s Fashion Optical location, a licensed optometrist is on-hand to perform thorough exams that assess visual acuity and detect vision conditions such as astigmatism or mistaking children for raccoons. After receiving new prescriptions, customers can peruse a large selection of eyewear, including designer frames from brands such as Coach, Ray-Ban, and Marc Jacobs.
The more than a dozen brick-and-mortar locations that make up Ultimate Champions Taekwondo Association share not only a style of combat, but a teaching philosophy as well. Tracing the lineage of their combative art back to Grandmaster Sang K. Oh, the instructors adhere to his teachings, exemplified by the quote, "The person who can defeat others with flashy techniques but is without love toward his fellow man will in the end defeat himself." Students use the physical empowerment of mastering jumps, kicks, and weapons to arm themselves with discipline, confidence, concentration, self-respect, and courtesy for others.
Outside of the classroom, the organization reaches out to the tri-state community with ample demonstrations of some of their most exciting techniques. Practitioners soar skyward in flying kicks or fill the air with the whirring blows of nunchakus, bos, and kamas. Fists slam through boards, balloons, and bricks to demonstrate the striking power of tae kwon do and the structural flaws in the Three Little Pigs' panic room.
With dozens of locations across the United States, Kickboxing FitClub helps guests tone bodies and improve cardiovascular health through kickboxing lessons for all experience levels. Whether in group classes of 10–20 students or private sessions, students learn stretches, resistance exercises, punches, and kicks appropriate for their skill level. Private appointments with staff nutritionists help individuals develop dietary plans that bolster health in tandem with workouts.
Jem Yoga's seven experienced instructors strengthen mind, body, and soul via a wide-ranging array of classes, offering instruction to all skill levels. Jem Yoga specializes in Hatha yoga, a holistic practice that connects poses, postures, and meditative practices. Classes range from Level I beginner classes to open and intensive yoga classes and a yoga-Pilates hybrid, with each drop of sweat releasing stress, restoring serenity, and perfuming the air with peace. Whether dexterous as rubber bands or unbending as 1950s gender roles, muscles can achieve maximum stretch with minimum pain thanks to the availability of free yoga mats, blocks, and straps, and neither previous experience nor lotus tattoos are necessary to join in the bendy fun.