"Our brain is designed to realize what we wish, without any minor errors," says Tao Yoga & Tai-Chi founder Ilchi Lee. "If you want success, it will create success. If you want happiness or health, it will create them. Anything is possible, as long as negative thoughts and emotions don't interfere." To make this challenging, yet hopeful, philosophy accessible to all, Lee combined the Eastern concept of chi energy with his own brain-management system, developing a distinctive program that unlocks inner peace and sweeps up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. Warm-up yoga maneuvers awaken muscles before 30–40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation—including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that aims to calibrate mental and physical energies. Cool-down exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance.
Headaches, chronic pain, and low energy are no match for Dr. Ray Milazzo. A 30+ year veteran of chiropractic medicine, he has used advanced spinal correction and physical therapies to relieve these symptoms in adults and children at his Wychoff and Oradell offices throughout his career. But Dr. Milazzo aims to get to the root of any nervous system ailment, which is why he thoroughly analyzes the spine with posture and weight balance testing, and determines the client's range of motion. Additionally, on-site x-rays provide a deeper understanding of what is happening below the muscles so that Active Release and trigger point therapies can ease aches and pains caused by tight muscles. Dr. Milazzo also encourages a healthier state-of-being by providing patients with at-home corrective exercises and lifestyle advice as well as posting informative health blogs to his website.
The trainers at Odyssey Athletic Center know that a single approach to physical fitness is as boring as it is limiting. They bear certifications and degrees from a variety of disciplines, earning the recognition of workout guilds ranging from the Aerobic & Fitness Association of America and the World Instructor Training School to the American Council of Exercise. This knowledge of different exercise systems enables them to host 60 classes per week inside their 27,000-square-foot facility. Their scheduled Pilates sessions help students nurture lean muscle without bulk, and Zumba meetings melt away calories with fun dance steps set to a Latin beat. To ensure they stay informed on emerging fitness techniques, staff members attend continuing-education classes and hold weekly question-and-answer sessions with their dumbbells.
Wyckoff Personal Training features gleaming white weight machines, TVs hovering over cardio equipment, and a host of useful, fun gear—there's even a four-lane, 25-yard indoor track. And, unlike a typical gym, guests won't find themselves waiting in line to take advantage of any equipment. That's because, rather than improvising their own exercise routine, every client works with a trainer. The gym's exclusively personal-training style of operation means that the atmosphere stays private and free of crowds. The high level of engagement through one-on-one training continues when exercisers go home as the staff happily answers questions via text and e-mail.
Most gyms don’t require an appointment before working out, but then most gyms tend not to concern themselves with how many reps each client’s pulled off that week. At Next Generation Training Center, NSCA-certified strength and conditioning coach Rich Mejias and his staff schedule appointments for two reasons: to prepare that day’s personalized fitness program and to help exercisers blast through plateaus. This attention to the exerciser informs the center’s small-group training sessions, which are geared toward everyone from beginners to experts.
Dr. Jonathan Mangot, DMD believes dentistry should be comfortable, a philosophy for which his boutique-style office is perfectly designed. During each of his general and cosmetic services, such as veneers, cleanings, and whitening treatments, aromatherapy candles issue soothing fragrances while patients relax into the cushioned hug of a body-contouring pillow. Meanwhile, the staff turns on the patient's choice of music, which fills the background with ambiance.