A miniature jungle of ferns, flowers, and well-manicured shrubbery sets a tone of natural relaxation outside the white-walled facility of St. Louis Wellness Center. Inside, nutritional specialists, psychologists, and spiritual practitioners offer wide-ranging services for maladies both physical and intangible. On the physical side, services include massage therapy, far-infrared sauna sessions, and whole-body vibration treatments. Alternatively, staff help clients explore meditation, chakra work, and past-life regression therapy. Those in search of solutions to more clinical problems can find addiction counseling, nutritional guidance, and psychiatric therapy for individuals, couples, and groups. With its myriad wellness services, St. Louis Wellness Center makes getting better easier than uploading your consciousness into a computerized teddy bear.
Club Fitness makes exercise accessible, offering dozens of group classes to participants of all fitness levels at more than 20 locations throughout the St. Louis area. Teams of instructors lead lessons in activities such as cycling, ab-focused exercises, kickboxing, Pilates, yoga, and Zumba aerobics.
Even before he founded PowerFit Bootcamp, JR Spear always felt a calling to transform people into fitness machines. A fourth-degree black belt and studied martial artist, Spear spent years training future Marine Corps officers and Iraqi soldiers in self-defense and combat skills. Later, Spear taught his own MMA fitness and cardio-kickboxing classes, along with personal and group training sessions.
At PowerFit Bootcamp, he and his staff of fitness instructors encourage each student to persevere by leading motivational and high-energy classes. At 12 indoor and outdoor locations, students undergo full-body workouts designed to jettison fat and tone muscle. Trainers welcome students of all stripes, giving them a period of time to complete each move, rather than a number of repetitions, encouraging each student to do as much as he or she can without feeling uncomfortable, overexerting, or resorting to time travel. Along the way, coaches track progress and motivate students by noting benchmarks during physical fitness tests on the first Monday and Tuesday of each month.
When Studio Rue claimed Fox 2's Best of STL for fitness studios, the award was well-earned. After all, its head instructor Kelly Ruesing, certified in Stott Pilates, approaches Pilates from a fresh angle: for medical purposes. She uses the practice as a complement to physical therapy to help clients recover from injuries more quickly. That's why the class schedule includes sessions set at varying intensities, from power Pilates and classes that use the tower or Reformer, to gentle Hatha flow yoga.
At Webster Yogaworks, husband-and-wife co-owners Catherine and Austin help clients reach a sense of overall well-being with invigorating yoga courses. Light flows through 11 expansive windows as yoga students build flexibility and strength through community-centered group classes and one-on-one private sessions.