At Studio Kelani, owner Ioana is literally following in her ancestors' footsteps. She is a descendent of performers in the Royal Polynesian Revue, and pulls from their traditional dance techniques to lead innovative, rhythmic fusion workouts. Kelani Fitness also incorporates Pilates elements into its core-tightening repertoire, creating a routine rich in hip isolations and tribal beats that also tones lean muscle. By joining modern exercise techniques with the choreography of her heritage, Ioana both educates and engages her guests. The studio's name—a combination of the names of her two daughters—bridges the generations that have influenced her business. Ioana believes that one's foremost workout tool is his or her own body, not gym machines or the body of the mannequin that one throws on the treadmill for inspiration. During her classes, she encourages guests to become comfortable in their skins with a judgment-free attitude. Her staff teaches lessons on yoga, kickboxing, and dance, including Bollywood and salsa, in addition to the studio's signature Kelani Fitness classes. With a focus on functional training for health of mind and body, private wellness programs tap into Ioana's expertise as a registered holistic nutritionist and personal trainer.
When Gina Wasserlein received a Bryan Kest yoga video from a friend, she had no idea it would change her life. After practicing its routines for several months, she felt tall, light, and happy, like a balloon giraffe filled with laughing gas. Drawing upon experience from the worlds of fitness and grade-school teaching, she founded Downtown Yoga Studio to help fellow yogis unlock the joy and wisdom that lie within. Knowledge gleaned from her teaching staff and mentors such as Jonny Kest has shaped her class lineup, which explores yogic traditions such as Ashtanga and Kundalini. Filled with basic poses and breathing exercises, beginners’ classes build enough strength, flexibility, and focus to dance Swan Lake in cast-iron chainmail. Advanced practitioners can challenge their minds and bodies during hot power yoga classes, whose elevated temperatures promote deep stretches and toxin release.
At Punch Kettlebell Gym, owner and certified fitness trainer Rob Santarossa leads a team of instructors who lead group and private exercise regimens and nutritional coaching to help each client achieve a slim physique and healthier lifestyle. Rob’s dedication to fitness stems from his own early weight-loss struggles, an experience that allows him to coach with empathy and enact appropriate levels of motivation. About 12–15 students partake in the group and boot-camp classes, which stress weight-and-cardio combinations using diverse exercises, each scalable to fit individual needs or allergies to jumping jacks. Kettlebells and other forms of resistance are added along the way to round out the focused 30-minute routines. To help maintain a healthy lifestyle, fitness seekers will also be equipped with online nutritional software, which helps lay out customized meal plans, charts nutritional progress, and shouts warnings of falling anvils.
Absolute Chiropractic Wellness Centre's trained reflexology therapist and chiropractors foster the prevention of illness and aim to bolster overall health for clients of all ages. A reflexology expert applies pressure to key areas on the client's feet, hands, face, and stuck pickle jars, promoting increased relaxation and potentially rendering benefits such as more restful sleep. The 60-minute treatments can be administered to expectant mothers and can complement both natural and modern medicines.
Within the sunny, wood-floored studio, groups of exercisers tone muscles and liquidate fat cells to the tune of toe-tapping Latin and International rhythms. Helmed by Joel, a seasoned fitness instructor with 18 years of industry experience, Zumba classes trick your body into burning calories, setting it in motion with heart-pumping beats to elicit a mixture of high-energy movements and dance steps. A strong proponent for proactive lifestyles, Joel can also use his intimate knowledge of nutrition and exercise to help clients meet fitness goals such as losing weight or training to dig a hole to China with their bare hands.
Lifetime Wellness Center's registered massage therapists loosen tight limbs and untie knots in relaxing massage-therapy treatments. Skillful hands soothe sinews and melt stress deposits as they knead in a manner customized to suit clients’ individual needs, problem areas, and tastes in pie. The multispecialty clinic employs massage therapy as an integral part of its wellness repertoire and as a useful means of abetting recovery processes. Bodies emerge looser, more unwound, and less likely to be mistaken for statues by roosting pigeons.