Your good health is our business — our facility offers a wide variety of programs and activities to promote a healthy lifestyle for everyone, all ages and all fitness levels.
T’ai Chi for Everyone here at the Y!
What is T’ai Chi?
T’ai Chi Chuan is an ancient exercise which embodies China’s most profound concepts and principles of health and movement. (T’ai Chi means Supreme Ultimate.) Based on softness and awareness — rather than force and resistance — T’ai Chi has been recognized for thousands of years as both a method of self-cultivation and an unexcelled form of self defense.
Why T’ai Chi?
Practiced at a slow and even speed, T’ai Chi promotes relaxation, straight posture, and balance. T’ai Chi movements are widely acknowledged to help calm the emotions, focus the mind, and strengthen the immune system. In a very real sense, T’ai Chi helps us to stay younger as we grow older, thus making an outstanding contribution to our overall health and well-being. T’ai Chi is for everyone: younger or older, male or female, thinner or rounder, if you can stand and walk, you can do T’ai Chi!
Instructor Steve Shulman has been teaching T’ai Chi in the NYC area for over 25 years. No previous experience required. No special equipment or clothing required. You may join this course through the 3rd session.
For more information call Lisa Bruskin at (718) 548-8200, ext. 241 or email her at LBruskin@RiverdaleY.org.
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The Y Cancer Support Group
A support group for anyone diagnosed with cancer
A free support group at the Y — open to the community.
People can come together who have had a cancer diagnosis, or who are currently undergoing treatment, or who are coping with its aftermath — to share experiences, and offer and receive support and guidance from others.
This is a comprehensive program to address both physical, and emotional health. The group is encouraged to take part in a new Meditation Yoga class, held from 4:00pm-5:00pm just prior to the group meeting on Sunday.
Sundays, twice a month from 5:00pm-6:00pm*
Members of the group are given access to the Y for that day, so that they can have use of the fitness/aquatic facility.
The group is facilitated by Bette Clark, Psy.D., a licensed clinical psychologist, who was diagnosed and treated for Stage III breast cancer seven years ago. She has a private practice on the Upper West Side, and works part-time as a Patient Navigator Coordinator at the Bronx office of the American Cancer Society. In addition, she is an avid runner, and has run 15 marathons since her diagnosis and treatment.
For further information, please contact:
Lisa Bruskin, Fitness and Wellness Director, (718) 548-8200, ext. 241, or LBruskin@RiverdaleY.org
To confirm meeting schedule or need a brief consult:
Contact Bette Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org
* Please call to confirm and let us know you are planning to come:
March 31, April 14, April 28, May 12, June 9, June 23, July 14, August 4, August 18, September 15, September 29, October 20, October 27, November 10, November 24, December 8 and December 22.
Healing through Acupuncture
and Oriental Medicine at the Y
Chinese Medicine is a complete medical system incorporating acupuncture, herbal therapy, food recommendations, and tuina for the treatment of ailments. In addition, Chinese medicine enhances your own healing power from injuries/trauma, immunity and adds to the capacity for you to live in harmony with body, mind and soul.
Through its origins, acupuncture has been embedded in the concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Its general theory is based on the premise that bodily functions are regulated by the flow of an energy-like entity called qi. Acupuncture aims to correct imbalances in the flow of qi by stimulation of anatomical locations on or under the skin called acupuncture points, most of which are connected by channels known as meridians.
Ailments that can be effectively treated with acupuncture included but are not limited to:
• Colds, flu and allergies
• Women’s Reproductive Health
• Facial Acupuncture and Rejuvenation
• Smoking Cessation
• Musculo-skeletal & Neurologic
• Mental & Emotional ailment
• Acute/Chronic Pain
Xenia (pronounced SEN-YA) is licensed by the New York Medical Board both in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Therapy. She is also board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Xenia holds a Masters of Oriental Medicine from AOMA (Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, (a four year full-time program), which is the first and only school of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine to be accredited by SACS (Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) and is a leading institution in the field of acupuncture and Chinese medical education nationwide. In addition to her accreditation, she has over 1000 clinical hours and specialized training in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture.
Rates for acupuncture:
Consultation and first session (75 minutes): $85.00
Single session (1 hour): $75.00;
3 pack: $210.00;
6 pack: $390.00
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Lisa Bruskin at (718) 548-8200, ext. 241 or LBruskin@RiverdaleY.org.
Our massage therapists are NYS licensed and insured. All are graduates of The Swedish Institute in NYS and are members in good standing of various state and national organizations.
Deep Tissue Therapy
Focusing on deeper layers of muscle tissue, this therapy is used to release chronic muscle tension through slower and more direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscle. Deep tissue helps break up and eliminate scar tissue, loosen muscle tissue, release toxins from muscles, and get blood and oxygen circulating correctly.
Pre-Natal & Post-Partum
Specific techniques can reduce pregnancy discomforts and concerns and enhance the physiological and emotional well-being of both mother and fetus. Sciatica, swelling, back and neck pain and stomach upset associated with pregnancy can be relieved. Specialized techniques to re-align body structure, improve physiological and emotional well-being of the new mother may be applied through this type of massage. Physician referral may be required.
Gentle pressure is applied to areas of energy lines (Meridians) to improve upon one's health by stimulating the body's energy flow (Ki). Shiatsu is a specific treatment that incorporates the use of fingers, thumbs, palms, forearms, elbows, and feet. Sessions usually take place on mats placed on the floor. Sessions begin with gentle stretching and manipulation techniques to simulate the movement of energy and to relax and warm up the muscles. The benefits include stimulation of the circulatory, lymphatic and hormonal systems.
Sports Massage/Myofascial Trigger Point Massage
Alleviate stress and tension that can build up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity where minor injuries, adhesions and lesions occur. Help prepare the body for performance by relieving swelling, reduce muscle tension and fatigue, promote flexibility, increase circulation and prevent injury. Techniques used are often a blend of Swedish, Trigger Point, and/or Shiatsu.
Trigger point therapy involves the applying of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. Through a series of sessions this type of massage will help relieve swelling and stiffness of neuromuscular pain, improve range of motion, and relieve muscle tension, improve circulation, greater flexibility and vestibular improvement.
Relax. The application of gentle pressure to the muscle against deeper muscles and bones while rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart will increases oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. Swedish massage helps in the recovery time from muscle strain, increases circulation, keeps ligaments and tendons supple, and stimulates the skin and nerves.
This modality will help stimulate healthy functioning of the internal organs and eliminate toxins in the body. Specific pathways focusing on your head, hands and feet will help promote optimum health and relaxation.
This specific type of massage deals with the healing process of the surgical repair of tissue. It will help prevent scar tissue from developing and help bring back strength, alignment, and help alleviate pain.
Fees and Policies:
Single Session: $75
3 Sessions: $215
5 Sessions: $350
Single Session: $95
(Includes day pass)
Gratuity Not Included
• 24 hour cancellation is required
• Fees for any sessions must be purchased in advance
• Sessions are valid for up to 6 months
For additional information or to schedule appointments please contact Lisa Bruskin at (718) 548-8200, ext. 241.
2 Massages for $99