Doctor of Chiropractic Jeffrey Soley graduated with honors from New York Chiropractic College in 1994 and has devoted his career to wellness services; nevertheless, he could easily talk shop with an aerospace engineer. Their workplace overlap lies in the ProAdjuster, which draws on NASA technology originally used to assess the structural integrity of space-shuttle cooling tiles. Wielding a revamped version of the same tool, Dr. Soley uncovers areas of the spine that need adjusting and catches inconsistencies before they turn into painful symptoms or unsolvable riddles. He complements this painless procedure with low-level laser therapy to repair tissue and stimulate healing, and lab testing that helps bolster clients' long-term health with custom nutrition plans.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars' multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 600 calories with each go-round.
At Prema Vidya Center, certified instructors guide limber students through traditional yoga and Ayurveda in a soothing studio setting. Drop-in sessions make up the bulk of a packed calendar, and anyone, with any level of experience, is welcome in every class. To keep the mind and body in flow, the center swathes itself in serene touches, from the trickling fountain out front to the dim lighting inside to the tiny beads of sweat that roll down each and every brow.
Kerrie Bodendorf, the face behind Balance, has always been a fitness enthusiast, whether running in a 5K, achieving her CrossFit certification, or working out at the YMCA. Despite her healthy living, she noticed that she always had chronic pain in her wrists, shoulder, lower back, and neck. Eager to alleviate the pain, Kerrie tried working out with the Melt Method in her home, and soon found herself in New York studying with Sue Hitzman, the creator of the Melt Method.
After using Melt to reduce her own pain, Kerrie started sharing it with others at Balance via intro workshops, classes, and private sessions. Like screaming advice at a mirror, the sessions emulate manual therapy, using foam rollers and rubber balls to activate bones and tissue with precision point compression and other techniques. The techniques help hydrate connective tissue and free it of built-up stress, which can lead to improvements in mobility and decreased pain.
Life Dance Studios’ founder Sanaa Amel finds solace in sharing her passion for the ancient art of belly dance with patrons of all fitness backgrounds, offering a schedule of classes for various skill levels. A team of dedicated instructors also helms yoga-fusion sessions that meld traditional Vinyasa poses with Pilates strength-training, as well as calorie-burning Zumba classes that incorporate fun, Latin-inspired dance workouts. Life Dance Studios boasts a kid's activity room that diverts young ones while grown-ups work out or transform into crime-fighting alter egos.
Sunlight filters onto YathaBhuta Yoga's wooden floors through windows that offer views of the green, pastoral setting just outside. In this serene environment, certified yoga instructor Maggie Kortchmar guides students through dynamic and meditative yoga sessions. Some classes are held in a gently heated room. Of course, she also teaches room-temperature yoga classes, taking care to keep class sizes small in order to create an intimate, supportive vibe.