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.
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.
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.
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.
At My Om Town Yoga, we believe in creating a sanctuary-like setting that is comfortable and nurturing; a place that truly allows you to be yourself. There are a multitude of classes and integrative therapies offered that encourage body awareness, harmony and promote overall well-being.
At Gold Medal Fitness, positive energy does as much work as anyone's muscles to propel group classes. These courses cover the grounded poses of Power Yoga, the barbell lifts of BodyPump, and the festive spins of Zumba with more than 50 sessions per week. Cyclists can even choose between 45-minute spin classes and the more vigorous rides of super spin, which increase the challenge by adding an extra 15 minutes and asking your parents to stop putting a stabilizing hand on your back. Regardless of the discipline, however, instructors motivate their students by carefully balancing the room's camaraderie with a honed focus on every individual.
This personal approach typifies the gym as a whole, where the staff strive to memorize each member's name as they arrange workouts for all fitness levels. A nationally accredited team of personal trainers draws on specialties from boxing to Pilates to back rehabilitation, pushing their clients toward coveted milestones. On the gym floor, an assortment of machinery and free weights, as well as a designated stretching area, bespeaks the same regard for diverse goals—visitors can complete a round of resistance work on the FreeMotion circuit equipment, toss a medicine ball to a partner, or step onto a StairMaster. Other amenities include a childcare station, athletic speed school, HydroMassage, and a juice bar.