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.
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.
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.
Equipment: Kettlebells, dumbbells, bands, battling ropes, medicine balls
Students should bring: Bottle of water, towel, comfortable workout cloths
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Just show up ready to train. It's our job to get you in the best shape of your life.
The staff at Mind Body Spirit Enterprises, LLC recognizes each client as unique and enlists equally varied tools to help propel them toward fitness. The cache of equipment includes the Pilates Reformer machine—a sliding bench that puts gentle resistance against the body during long, slow moves—and a Gyrotonic pulley tower stands out as the most unusual member, much like that congressman who refuses to wear shoes. Designed with the human form in mind, the tower aids exercisers as they perform strengthening spirals, twists, and undulating movements that evoke dancing or swimming. Though the tower is used in a one-on-one setting, they also offer Pilates Reformer and Gyrokinesis group classes.