A white mansion rises from a patch of lush green trees and flowering bushes. Inside, potted reeds and vines guide visitors toward rooms painted with petal-like pinks and oranges. This isn't a greenhouse or a nursery but a sanctuary for cultivating mind-body wellness. Here, holistic medicine experts blend Eastern and Western healing traditions to prevent disease and promote vitality. Studio founder Kim Fong, a licensed physical therapist and nationally certified acupuncturist, blends acupuncture with physical therapy to address physical and emotional symptoms without drugs, surgery, or gratuitous noogies. During acupuncture sessions, she and fellow acupuncturist Gregory Carey clear chi blockages by placing fine, sterile needles at specific points along the body's energy pathways. This treatment can be used to address the pain associated with fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, osteoarthritis, and many other ailments.
Calming feng-shui design envelops Health in Motion's yoga classrooms, where experienced instructors impart ancient poses to students of all ages, including children, teens, and moms-to-be. In addition to promoting relaxation, the poses build strength, balance, and flexibility. To complement his acupuncture services, Gregory also offers qi-gong classes, whose deep breaths and gentle movements help correct energy imbalances and metaphysical geometry quizzes.
Sweat removes toxins from the body. Fevers burn away unwelcome invaders. Heat allows muscles to extend and contract further. Heat can be healthy, a lesson Bikram Choudhury embraced when he moved his yogic practice into a 105-degree room, 2 degrees hotter than the average temperature inside a yak. The idea caught on, spreading around the world and eventually coming to Bikram Yoga Westfield in the form of Bikram-certified teachers. They lead Bikram's classic series of 26 asanas and two breathing exercises, a 90-minute session of stretching in which each pose builds upon the benefits of the last. In addition to their signature heated yoga, the staff members also facilitate wellness with massage services, holistic nutritional counseling, and even CrossFit coaching through their sister organization, CrossFit Westfield.
Within her corner of Gold Medal Fitness, Pilates trainer Carolyn DeSimone helps exercisers boost core strength through workouts performed with precise physical alignment. She sculpts the entire body using the reformer suspension system or focuses on abs, lower backs, and glutes during mat classes that improve flexibility and posture.
An unflagging love for liberty and lithe physiques unites the four fully certified trainers at CrossFit Swarm, who have thrown off the shackles of weight machines in favor of functional, customizable workout plans. A packed schedule of intense classes stimulates multiple muscle groups with nontraditional techniques influenced in equal parts by gymnastics, weight lifting, and gladiatorial lion fighting. Exercises develop strength and agility through multijoint movements that demand the nervous and muscular systems work together synergistically in actions that mimic commonplace activities in life and sports such as swatting away fruit flies.
No Body Denied—that’s what the NBD in NBD Training Zone for Women stands for. An offshoot of NBD Fitness in Springfield, the facility was started as a place where ladies could come to transform their lifestyles, improve their physique, or boost their confidence amongst a community of like-minded people. The instructors lead 60 group fitness classes each week, a diverse array of exercise methods that includes everything from TRX and spinning to yoga and Pilates. The Pilates reformer sessions are designated for small groups; if you need some personal attention or are afraid you’ll yell your ATM pin number during exercise, the studio offers private personal training sessions.
The certified personal trainers at Studio Fit believe that working out can and should be enjoyable, so they aim to “take the ‘work’ out of workout” so their students can maintain a healthy, happy, and fit lifestyle. At their spacious facility, clients can exercise with the personalized attention they need to amp up their routines during personal and group training, as well as indoor cycling and other cardio fitness classes. Studio Fit features an open, sunlit layout, with all the weight training and fitness equipment necessary to build balanced strength in all the areas of the body, unlike crabs, which just do curls with one claw.