A Wellness Guide to Richmond
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.
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 – amfamfit.com
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 – weinsteinjcc.org
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 – goldsgym.com
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 – ymcarichmond.org
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 – richmondathleticclub.com
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.
Located in the West End near FedEd/Kinko’s HeathSource is Dr. Mason Sheehan, who does chiropractic and progressive rehab.
>>HealthSource Richmond – richmondchiro.net
River City Chiropractic Wellness
Located in the heart of downtown Richmond, Dr. Franklin Luke’s practice has many patients, including lots of kids. A kid-friendly practice.
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.
While some of the chiropractic offices above offer massage therapy, here are some other places you can go for therapeutic massage.
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 – kneadingtherapy.com
Art of Massage
>>Art of Massage – artofmassageva.com
With convenient locations in Short Pump and Midlothian, Escape Massage offers corporate discounts and a variety of massage types.
>>Escape Massage – escapmassage.com
Other Wellness Services
The Healing Center – colonhealthcare.net
Commonwealth Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center – commonwealthchiro.com
Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine – acupuncturevirginia.com
There are many more wellness professionals in Richmond. For concierge medicine check out AAPP.org
Check back for more information.