Hands-On Techniques


Massage therapist Lynn Howard guided us in hands-on relaxation techniques. We learned stretches and massage techniques to incorporate as part of your session. We enjoyed learning first hand how simple techniques can be a wonderful treat at the end of your session. If you would like to experience an hour massage session please let us know. Lynn is fabulous!



NYS Licensed Acupuncturist, Cynthia Rose, gave a lecture/demonstration to our eager staff. According to Cynthia, Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by stimulating specific points on the body with the insertion and manipulation of fine needles. In her practice, Cynthia uses the techniques of Meridian Acupuncture and its counterpart Acupuncture Physical Medicine. If you would like to have your own acupuncture session, please call us. We’ll be happy to have you get acquainted with Cynthia’s work.


Reflexologist Cari Nadeau of Oasis Healing Arts visited us this summer to teach us all about Reflexology, and boy did that feel great! Reflexology is the ancient method of activating the healing powers of the body by stimulating the energy zones and reflex areas in your feet and hands which relate to the major organs and body parts. For more information on Reflexology and other healing modalities of Oasis Healing Arts, please call: 212-929-2424 You’ll be glad you did.

Alexander Technique

Anne Waxman, certified Alexander teacher lead an innovative workshop on Alexander Technique. This technique was developed by F. Matthais Alexander in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. It was originally developed for singers and actors as a method for vocal training. Today, Alexander Technique is used as a method for learning how to consciously change maladaptive habits of movement, posture, breathing, and tension patterns. Anne reviewed some of the basic principles which are: PRIMARY CONTROL – the first area of the body we move – the head and neck; CONSCIOUS CONTROL – which is the decision to move; INHIBITION – which is the choice to give up unnecessary tension; and DIRECTION – to allow your head to move forward and up from the spine.

Manual Resistance

Solo Fitness trainer Sara Phillips led us in a very interesting and hands-on workshop. She showed us various manual resistance maneuvers to increase strength and endurance in muscles. Manual resistance is when the trainer uses their own body weight as resistance, during both the raising and lowering phase of any given exercise. A big advantage of manual resistance is that it can be done anywhere without equipment. Try a manual resistance session with Sara, it’s a new way of pumping up.


We were delighted to have Hank Wasiak, satisfied Solo Fitness client and Reiki Master, give an informative and fascinating workshop on the hands-on therapy called Reiki. Reiki facilitates deep levels of relaxation, stress relief, energy renewal and healing. Reiki also enables us to tap into our “life force energy” to improve our health and quality of life. The Japanese words rei and ki together mean “divinely guided life force energy” and are used to describe this particular technique and therapy. According to Hank, “Reiki is my avocation and way to relax and cope with my demanding travel schedule and lifestyle.” Hank practices Reiki at the Ronald McDonald House, and the strength, courage and faith of the children and their families inspires and empowers his being. To learn more about Reiki or to try a session for yourself, please give us call, and we’ll set you up.


Summer 2005 was kicked off with a workshop on CranioSacral Therapy led by Kathleen Tipton. It was a fantastic introduction on an unfamiliar topic. CranioSacral therapy uses a light touch – generally no more than the weight of a nickel – the practitioner monitors the rhythm of the craniosacral system to detect potential restrictions and imbalances. The therapist then uses delicate manual techniques to release those problem areas and relieve undue pressure on the brain and spinal cord.

Accupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine

Greg Ruvolo, L.Ac. of Sound Body and Soul, introduced our trainers to the world of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is a total system of internal medicine which is compromised of a diagnostic system based on signs and symptoms, as well as a treatment system that includes acupuncture, herbal preparation, diet, massage, heat, exercise and meditation. Its foundation is based on the principles of balance; the interdependent relationship of Yin and yang. Through this balance, health is achieved and maintained. Greg was hands on in helping many our us understand our places of energy stagnation and flow. His services now include in-home acupuncture sessions. If you are unable to come to his office, an acupuncturist will come to you. For more information on Acupuncture and TCM, please contact Greg Ruvolo at: 212-459-1447.