Sunday, October 4, 2015

A Wellness Guide to Richmond

October 14, 2010 by  

Winter approacheth, but this information is seasonless.  Like the Richmond Farmer’s Market Guide that I worked my widdle brain out to put together for you, I present to you the Wellness Guide, so that you may go forth, and be well.

I have neglected to provide the names, numbers, and websites of local doctors and hospitals.  They are easy to find, and you probably already have your own that you like a whole bunch, so who am I to fool with that, I ask you?  So this is more of  a guide to where to go to go above and beyond to be healthy.  Because that’s what you’ve got to do nowadays.  This is an incomplete list, as there is a lot of data, but I did by best for Pete’s Sake.

The Gyms

American Family Fitness


The behemoth, Amfam has locations in Colonial Heights, Fredericksburg, Mechanicsville, Midlothian, Northside, Southside, West End, and Swift Creek.  The people that I know who work out there are pretty happy about it – there is a robust kid’s program and many of the locations have pools.

>>American Family Fitness –

Weinstein JCC


This wonderful place has a great fitness center,  lots of group classes, and a great pool.  Can you tell I go there?  Membership is open to people of all religions, and the atmosphere is friendly and good.  There are plenty of Pilates and Yoga classes, but not a lot of traditional aerobics classes.  Lucky for you there are plenty of treadmills and elliptical machines in the fitness center.

>>The JCC –

Gold’s Gym

Golds Gym

This large chain has lots of locations in and near Richmond.  Mechanicsville, Richmond in the Willow Lawn area, Southside, Midlothian, West End, and The Fan.  Some have pools, some don’t, and some have special offers and discounts.  You’ll have to go to the main website to find your location, but that’s just as well – you can learn a little about the company that way.

>>Gold’s Gym –

The YMCA of Greater Richmond


A community staple, and a local favorite despite its widespread presence, the YMCA of Greater Richmond has locations in Chester, Chickahominy, downtown Richmond, Goochland, The James Center, John Rolfe Parkway, Manchester, Midlothian, Northside, Ashland, Powhatan, Shady Grove, Petersburg, and Tuckahoe.  Membership rates are based on your income, and they are totally family-friendly.

>>Richmond YMCA –

The Richmond Athletic Club

Even with only one location, the RAC has a lot of loyal followers.  With all the great offerings of a great gym they’ve got group exercise classes, racquetball, whirlpools, but no pool.  They do have yoga, t’ai chi, and many more programs to keep you interested.

>>Richmond Athletic Club –


Those who visit a chiropractor regularly know about the benefits.  Those who don’t?  Well, maybe with this nice list to choose from they will.

HealthSource Chiropractic


Located in the West End near FedEd/Kinko’s HeathSource is Dr. Mason Sheehan, who does chiropractic and progressive rehab.

>>HealthSource Richmond –

River City Chiropractic Wellness

river city

Located in the heart of downtown Richmond, Dr. Franklin Luke’s practice has many patients, including lots of kids.  A kid-friendly practice.


World Chiropractic

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Located on Gaskin’s Road, World Chiropractic’s Andrew Lombardozzi provides chiropractic care to people of all ages, and is active in the community, doing free health screenings and educational seminars.


Massage Therapists

While some of the chiropractic offices above offer massage therapy, here are some other places you can go for therapeutic massage.

Kneading Therapy

kneading therapy

Located in the West End, this collection of Certified Massage Therapists provide everything from traditional massage to prenatal massage and everything in between.

>>Kneading Therapy –

Art of Massage

Located near downtown on Monument Avenue, Art of Massage is committed to wellness and believes in massage as a preventative therapy, not just an indulgence.

>>Art of Massage –

Escape Massage


With convenient locations in Short Pump and Midlothian, Escape Massage offers corporate discounts and a variety of massage types.

>>Escape Massage –

Other Wellness Services

Colon Hydrotherapy

The Healing Center –


Commonwealth Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center –

Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine –

There are many more wellness professionals in Richmond.  For concierge medicine check out
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