Commit to wellness outside of our doors, too.
For a healthy lifestyle to be a true lifestyle, it has to blend into your day-to-day seamlessly, not as an isolated, individual part of it.
Fortunately, whether you’re looking for nutritional advice, muscular healing, cleaner skincare products, a new pair of sneakers, or a community of trusted wellness providers, Boston is full of some of the brightest minds in the health space.
Here, the spots we favor when it comes to keeping up with our dedication to wellness. Stop in to further yours.
Athletes (including many runners) have been going to Dr. Ian Nurse for chiropractic care for years, healing soft tissue injuries with non-invasive treatments such as Active Release Technique (ART) and Graston. But WIMB has expanded in recent years to three locations (including a just-opened home in Tracksmith, a running boutique shop on Newbury Street and added services such as nutritional counseling, physical therapy, sports psychology, and more. Dr. Nurse and his staff are trusted, in part, because they walk the talk: Dr. Nurse is the chiropractor for the John Hancock Invited Elite Runners of the Boston Marathon and an avid marathoner himself.
Skincare ingredients can be sketchy — but at clean beauty boutique Follain, with locations in Beacon Hill and the South End, you can rest assured knowing that your skin is getting a little bit of TLC. The company has a list of toxic ingredients they ban and focuses, instead, on natural agents (think: clays and plant extracts over hard-to-pronounce ones like sodium lauryl sulfate). The Boston boutiques host skin consultations and makeup appointments — and a trip into either is worth it if only for the photo opp (but we’d suggest picking up a new moisturizer, shampoo, or sunblock, too).
Boston’s full of juice bars but for an on-the-go option, we favor Jugos next door to Back Bay Station, which serves up fruit and vegetable smoothies and juices (you can call your order in ahead, too) on the fly. If you’re not catching an Acela, the juice bar now also has a South End location where you can sit down to enjoy a fairly expansive menu that includes healthy sandwiches, acai bowls, and even detoxes.
You don’t have to go far from downtown Wellesley for solid, holistic care. Stepping Stone Acupuncture and Wellness employs a team of integrative medicine providers who aim to treat everything from neck pain or stress to headaches and hormone imbalances with the ancient practice of acupuncture (though the group also offers massage, cupping, Reiki, health coaching, and other services). Pick up tinctures and elixirs carefully crafted to soothe sore muscles on your way out the door and check their schedule for revolving health and fitness events, too — a group session with a massage therapist who can teach you how to use a therapy ball to relieve tension, for example.
If you’re looking for a community of like minded people to hit the pavement with, you’ll find it at Heartbreak’s Newton location (which sits at mile 20 of the Boston Marathon route). The shop hosts weekly Saturday a.m. jogs (rain or shine), speed runs, and hill training sessions with top run coaches in the area. If you need a new pair of sneaks, run experts will watch you run and help pair you with a new pair that’ll work with your stride, too.