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With health and government measures requiring us to stay home, we’ve been introduced to a whole universe of unique workouts and movement styles that expand across all continents. Of course, we’re all missing connection with our fitness communities in our favorite studios, yet there is a certain level of vulnerability we have access to, when trying new methods at home. Being able to breathe like a bull, dance like a child, and flex our abs like a bodybuilder, and without the external concern for what we look like, we can freely connect to the many benefits of new movement styles that elevate our physical and mental wellbeing.
We all store energy in our bodies, which is why we can feel mental stress in certain areas of the physical body. As the quarantine progresses, there are more stressors we’re facing as a collective. It is important to release negative energy from our bodies and awaken our connections, so we can bring our best selves to whatever new mission is in front of us, whether that’s being a more compassionate partner, or embodying a peaceful presence for the people we’re sharing our homes and our lives with. For instance, in a Quantum Flow Fitness class, it’s not uncommon to feel negative stressors when starting a class, and, through the process of a body and breath activation, you’ll leave feeling more peaceful, euphoric, and ready to tackle whatever life throws our way. That’s the power of activating our mind and body connections.
In collaboration with Dean Grafos, CORE40 Co-Founder, and Juan Pablo Barahona, the holistic teacher and creator of Quantum Flow Method, the Quantum Flow Fitness Method was born out of a shared mission to elevate the vibration of our planet by using fitness as a vehicle for personal transformation. Quantum Flow Fitness is “a mix of science, embodiment and spirituality which leads to a powerful method of manifestation.” In practice, the method uniquely blends intense and slow core movements, interval training and resistance training with specific breathwork. The method was designed to amplify strength, energy, flexibility, mobility, focus and coordination for all levels of fitness practitioners. And, you can do it all from your own living room.
If you’re ready to experience a journey of sweat, challenge and bliss, join the upcoming 40-minute Quantum Flow Fitness live stream led by CORE40 Co-Creator, Dean Grafos (he’ll be streaming live from Costa Rica). Dean is a fiercely passionate soul with infectious energy, and, over the last 10 years, he’s used his body as a lab for creating personal evolution. From mastering the Megaformer at his Lagree studios in San Francisco and Amsterdam, to practicing meditation and breathwork, to honoring his body through a healthy diet and sacred medicine journeys, Dean believes in harnessing the power of self-love to dissolve false limitations, because we’re all here to live an exceptional life.
Whether you’re tuning in from your living room, your backyard, or your kitchen, we hope to connect and move with you soon, no matter what it looks like. Let’s feel good, together.
February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society. As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.
While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support.
Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.
The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.
At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads.
Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.
Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins.
Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days.
Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.
Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well!