Rosenberg Orthodontics composes cockeyed cuspids into orderly oral arrangements with Invisalign technology. Patients wear a series of transparent aligners that, during a period of 6–15 months, nudge teeth into more comfortable, hygienic, and aesthetically pleasing positions. Skilled toothsmiths administer a preliminary exam, x-rays, and impressions, from which they forge a custom-fitted set of mouth armor. Unlike traditional braces, these molar molders are removable—facilitating easy eating and drinking—and nonmetallic, preventing electromagnet makeout sessions.
You won't find fluffy robes or soft slippers at A Matter of Touch. That's because founder C.J. Johnson is more concerned with effectively relieving pain and muscle tension than with creating a spa ambience. A licensed massage therapist, Johnson consults with clients to discuss their individual needs before setting to work with deep-tissue kneads or soothing Swedish strokes. In addition to dissipating pain, the customized treatments can improve circulation and relieve anxiety.
Rasa Yoga Shala’s brand of Vinyasa-style yoga differs from most; the studio’s creative approach encourages students to go beyond physical and personal awareness and tune in to the “pure feeling” that pulses through the body when the mind grows quiet. Experienced instructors work with students to help them achieve this level of enlightenment, leading classes that require them to twist, bend, and stretch through a continual series of poses. With a variety of class levels, the studio invites everyone to enjoy the workout, whether they are first-timers, regular yoga practitioners, or Gumbys grown stiff from being left out in the sun. Before each class begins, instructors set the studio’s thermostat to a moderate temperature so students can comfortably warm themselves as poses progress. In addition to their flagship classes, the studio offers workshops in innovative styles such as hip-hop yoga and mom-and-baby yoga, a relaxing session that soothes the nerves of women and babies frustrated with their inability to chew anything.
Utilizing acupuncture therapy and Chinese herbal medicine, licensed acupuncturist Marc Gerstein has been practicing holistic treatments since 1984, working to prevent, identify, and treat a variety of conditions. Precisely placed hair-like needles attempt to realign the body’s energy flow and front-wheel drive, while a custom blend of Chinese herbs enhances the treatment's restorative effects. Acupuncture Associates of Hartford also provides a series of adjunct therapies such as acupressure, reflexology, and cupping. Performed by clinic-assistant Leslie Franks—a licensed massage therapist, expert wielder of essential oils, and martial arts master with 30 years of experience under her belt—the adjunct treatments complement acupuncture sessions and banish stubborn sicknesses with underlying brawn.
Owner and certified instructor D’Mario Sowah, known as one of the "best trainers" as Molly Qerim, ESPN broadcaster, related to the Hartford Courant, helps students achieve healthy levels of strength and self-confidence at Akua Ba Fitness in West Hartford. Upon moving to New York, D'Mario spent 10 years as a personal trainer before opening the intimately sized Akua Ba Fitness facility. D’Mario⎯a practitioner of both capoeira and meditation⎯motivates his students by constantly highlighting the transitive property of mental mastery. His group classes often focus on muscle confusion, a methodology which challenges muscles to adapt to new resistance by mixing up routines and administering algebraic pop quizzes. Trainees also maintain fit forms with the help of the facility's resident nutritionist and wellness coach. D'Mario is so renowned as a trainer that he has been tapped by The Doctors to help guests lose weight and get fit on an upcoming program.
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