After entering motherhood and leaving a career in social work, Jana Walker discovered Zumba. She was soon hooked on the dance-party vibe of the classes and, in 2010, became an instructor. Since then, she has branched out to a variety of fitness classes, including Total Body Conditioning and Gospel Guts and Glutes.
Inspired by a close family member who recovered from a debilitating injury through chiropractic care, Doctor of Chiropractic Amir Rashidian knew he’d found his career path. Now, at The Mid Atlantic Clinic of Chiropractic, it’s his life's goal to bring about that kind of relief from pain to the members of his community so they may return to all the activities they hold dear. To do that, he uses a holistic approach that includes a combination of postural screenings, nutritional and lifestyle coaching, and manual treatments such as spinal adjustments and massage. He also specializes in drugless treatments for migraine and headache relief. Through physiotherapy, he enhances healing effects and alleviates discomfort with ultrasound, as well as electrical muscle stimulation and cryotherapy. With this well-rounded approach to treatment, he not only treats the cause of the pain, but can prevent its recurrence.
The certified massage therapists and holistic healers at Om Chakra invite guests to discover deeper mind-body connections inside a sanctuary designed to foster states of sublime serenity. Warm earth tones, zen-like decor, and five private, candlelit treatment rooms envelop guests during multisensory experiential massages or healing reiki sessions, coaxing them to unplug from the synthetic, bustling external world and explore a space within themselves that remains still and calm. This sense of calmness, the staff believes, stems from successful alignment and unblocking of the seven energy channels, or chakras, that run along the spine.
Since 1973, each of Sport&Health's 24 clubs has aimed for full fitness coverage with programs for every taste and family member. Guests can spark positive lifestyle changes with gym workouts and wellness services, or engage in a variety of sports. Each facility houses different athletic amenities for games and laps, from pristine swimming pools to squash and racquetball courts lathered in a fresh coat of peanut butter every morning. The camaraderie of group classes such as Zumba and Les Mills BodyPump barbell routines complement scores of gym equipment meant for exercising solo—or with the guidance of a certified personal trainer. The clubs also emphasize kid-friendly activities with arts and crafts, Kidz Klub childcare, and youth certification courses that teach teens the ins and outs of training. Depending on the location, spa treatments can knead tension from muscles and paint one's favorite kettlebell with a layer of Shellac.
Since becoming a certified acupuncturist in 2001, Dr. Ying Li has helped clients suffering from carpel tunnel, migraines, frozen shoulders, and back pain. Though her approach to each of these ailments is tailored to the client in need, her philosophy remains the same for everyone: address painful symptoms and pursue a healthier, more balanced body. At her clinic, she combines acupuncture treatments with other types of Eastern and Western medicine, including acupressure massage and nutrition programs. These services strive to help clients with both chronic and acute conditions, as well as those on-again, off-again conditions that just won't move on with their lives. Visitors can also benefit from reflexology sessions, during which different areas of the feet are massaged to affect corresponding body parts.
While working at a pharmaceutical company as an immunochemistry scientist, Dr. Autumn Frandsen had an epiphany: for all the good it did, the focus on medicine and palliative, symptom-focused care ignored the body's ability to heal itself. She went back to school to study holistic and naturopathic medicine, and learned how to treat the underlying causes of a range of maladies. Today, she treats problems and conditions including migraines, chronic pain, and arthritis at Velise Total Health. She addresses them with services as craniosacral therapy, nutritional counseling, and heavy metal detoxification that removes heavy metals from the body.