Health Check: Stretching to benefit your body
A new wellness studio in Southern New England is offering what it calls personalized hands-on stretching with its clients.
"Sitting is really the detriment to modern man right now,” said Laura Gorriaran-Goodwin, who is the co-owner of Empower RI in Warwick. “They're finding it's about as dangerous as smoking has been. Yeah, that's what we're equating it to. We are nomadic people. We're supposed to walk, we're supposed to walk 10 miles a day for our food and we don't. We walk to the refrigerator."
But the studio isn't just for people with mobility problems and tight muscles.
"We do pre-hab,” said Gorriaran-Goodwin. “We work with people -- say if they have surgery coming -- we get you ready for your surgery. Going in in the best of mind and best physical condition that you can be in is really helpful to bringing you through the surgery with the best results."
While most is hands-on, there are also agility exercises.
At Empower RI, they work with a number of other practitioners, including heart and hand massage next door.
"They'll say, ‘Laura, I have a client. They have this issue or that issue and they need to strengthen,’” said Gorriaran-Goodwin. “They bring them to me."
Gorriaran-Goodwin said she works within the comfort zones of her clients.
“And that's the thing about what we do here at Empower,” she said. “We meet you exactly where you are."
Empower RI also offers a type of high energy belly dance called Tribal grooves, which is taught by her wife, Tanya, along with other services.