"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.
CGI Holistic Fitness & Spa makes it their mission to engineer a world where everyone benefits from "healthy bodies, happy hearts, and peaceful minds." So far, the sprawling mecca of Eastern holistic-health philosophies, state-of-the art exercise equipment, and luxurious spa facilities has conquered 30,000 square feet. The venue features a gym full of cardio and weightlifting machines, as well as an air-purification system. The heated, competition-sized pool hosts aqua-aerobic classes, and the entire 25-yard body of water is pumped through a natural-element filtration system that reduces the need for chlorine in the water. Group fitness classes take place in the gym or in classrooms, ranging from high-energy dance aerobics to meditation-minded yoga classes.
In the spa, patrons relax in the heat of multiple kinds of saunas, some infused with salt, others heated with classic steam, and one constructed of Korean-imported Mec granite, a stone famed for its array of body-friendly minerals. Aromatherapy baths submerge all the senses in a mix of hot water and essential oils. Hot and cold soaking tubs assist members in recovering from injuries, cooling down after a particularly intense workout, or saving their pet snowmen from the ravages of summer.
Located within The Back Care Center and led by Doctor of Chiropractic David Schwartz, Back at Ease's knowledgeable staff has been soothing weary spines and their surrounding muscles for two decades. Dr. Schwartz’s strengthening and healing services—which include vertebral adjustments and spinal decompression—make way for the relaxing strokes of two massage therapists, who mollify tense muscles in private, candlelit rooms.
The center pays special attention to athletes and their injuries; three professional staff members have backgrounds in the sporting world and draw on their experience to bolster their clients’ health and skill sets. Titleist-certified golf fitness instructor and biomechanic Nick Manoy sets swings straight and repairs painful divots in muscles with corrective exercise programs. Similarly, Jon Manos calls upon 25 years of experience as a PGA teaching professional to customize lessons that stress the importance of muscle memory and build strength by replacing traditional clubs with sledgehammers. Certified personal trainer Terence W. Kerrigan, a triathlete and a graduate of the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, takes on athletes in other sports, sharing the lessons he has picked up from training with professional boxers and Ironmen.
The player toes the baseline, bounces the tennis ball a few times per ritual, and then tosses it skyward for the first serve. The ball is hit a touch too firmly, and it sails past the service area for a fault. No matter, you get two faults in tennis. The second serve takes some oomph off the stroke while imparting spin, hoping to keep it safely in-bounds. Instead, the ball is lands wide of the sideline for fault number two.
It's common situations like these that certified tennis instructor Peter Ohanyan believes separate an average player from confident players whose skills are refined. Recognizing the need to combat mental obstacles and boost confidence, particularly with beginners, Peter applies all the knowledge learned from playing singles at the NCAA level, coaching a high school team, and earning degrees in psychology and physical education. He takes a positive, reinforcing approach to teaching the game, and employs a wide range of equipment—such as agility ladders, cones, and hurdles—to help his students sharpen technical skills.
Dr. Narpat S. Jain opened the doors of East Madison Dental in 1998 with the goal of lavishing patients with the most advanced equipment the field had to offer. The practice grew, adding a trio of skilled doctors and friendly staff who collaborate to perform advanced dental, periodontal, and endodontic treatments. During treatments, they relax and calm patients by filling requests for hot towels, iPods, soft blankets, and dove coos. The practice recently relocated to a new, state-of-the-art facility with private checkout areas, computer kiosks, and a children's game area, as well as dedicated parking.
By blending scientifically developed products with holistic healing techniques, the staff at Amazilian Spa can achieve both effective results and full-body relaxation in each massage, facial, and mani-pedi they perform. Aestheticians draw from a huge arsenal of treatments to nourish skin, from natural herbal serums that fight fine lines to high-tech microdermabrasion procedures that use jets of tiny crystals to slough off the dead skin cells and Teflon coatings that can dull the complexion. Therapists unravel tense muscles with full-body shiatsu, sports, and Swedish massages, while waxing specialists sculpt eyebrows and remove unwanted body hair with expertly executed waxing and tweezing services.