By Sarah O’Connor

Empower Wellness Studio is a hidden gem in the heart of our “Sheaborhood” community. This women’s-only facility offers a variety of health, wellness, and fitness services…and they are celebrating their one-year anniversary this month!

Sarah O’Connor, founder and owner of Empower Wellness Studio, was inspired to create a safe haven for women where they could be themselves while supporting one another on their self-care journey. Making time for ‘you’ is an integral part of being healthy and productive. Having a place to go where you feel like everyone there knows and cares about you makes it easier to carve out that time.

Sarah’s philosophy is ‘We Do Better Together.’ Being in an environment that encourages and inspires you will also motivate and support you. January is always the month when we pledge to start over and make better choices; laying the foundation for a fresh start, a New Year, and a new you. Empower Wellness offers a variety of options to help you build and beat your goals from the ground-up!

Empower Wellness Studio’s signature service is Personal Training, with a diverse group of trainers that can meet the needs of any client. Hiring a personal trainer is an effective way to jumpstart or maintain your fitness and wellness goals. The education and expertise a trainer provides can save money, time, and potential injury in the quest for fitness and wellness. The personal trainers work individually with each client to tailor a workout specific to their background, goals, and physical abilities. Training one to three times per week is an effective way to reach your goals, no matter how big or small!

Having a personal trainer also creates an added layer of accountability. With the intimate environment Empower Wellness offers, a trainer adds a unique, community support system that will not let you give up on you. Promoting a sense of belonging and connection, they make every effort to greet every client by name. Some of the women working with the trainers have been together for decades at a variety of other gyms, including the family of friends from Naturally Women and Club for Women; when those facilities closed, these women stayed together.

All of the service providers are female entrepreneurs offering their expertise. The studio offers opportunities for these business owners to grow and operate together in one environment charged by feminine energy. In addition to personal training, and to complete the one stop shop to self-care experience, below are a few of the many service areas offered at Empower Wellness:
• Massage/bodywork therapists
• An aesthetician
• Nutritionist
• Personal development coach
• Acupuncturist

Connection is one of the many vital facets that make Empower Wellness Studio so special. There are no open gym hours. All of the services are designed to be done with a provider, or as a group; with the exception of the Infrared Sauna (that one is just for you)! The vision was to “connect” women. When designing the space, the focus was on clients being WITH someone one-on-one or in a group setting. The concept is different than most fitness facilities where you would go, plug in your earbuds, and workout solo. Empower’s space is cozy, which makes the experience comfortable and connected!

Also, unlike a typical gym or group fitness studio, the classes are small and personalized. Each of the instructors is dedicated to modifying each class based on the clients there that day. One of the most popular classes is Yoga Mix, which is never the same twice. While it’s a great workout, it is always mixed-and-matched for what the clients are in the mood for.

Each month there are workshops and adventures offered to expand beyond just the fitness and wellness components offered. All topics related to women’s issues are explored and presented by experts in their field to bring awareness and education to our community. In addition, there are fun and friendly parties to attend such as game nights, trail hikes, vision board workshops, and a monthly women’s group appropriately named Empower Hour.

The vision of Empower Wellness Studio is to connect women in a variety of settings where they can support one another and feel a part of something bigger than just themselves; a community. Sometimes, just being together is enough. Come as you are, leave even better!

PERSONAL TRAINING: One-on-one personal training is our signature service. We have an amazing team of certified expert trainers who are passionate career professionals. Whether you are looking to improve balance and prevent falls, rehabilitate old injuries, lose weight, gain muscle, reduce stress, or increase your strength and flexibility; we are here to help you get there. Our trainers will design an exercise program that is safe, effective, and specifically tailored to your individual needs to achieve the results you desire!

GROUP CLASSES: Class sizes are always small and intimate, with the full attention from our instructors to all students. New to group classes? New to Yoga? Our studio is a perfect place to start. Drop-ins are welcome; grab your water bottle and join us!

New classes are always being explored to provide our women with a wide range of options for all levels of fitness. It is our goal to provide a variety of alternatives to inspire wellness inside and out. Yoga, Barre, Tai Chi, Meditation, Stretch, Cardio Sculpt, and other mat-based and weighted-workouts are offered.
1st class is COMPLEMENTARY to all new students!
Studio Member – $10.00
*NON-Member – $12.00

*Studio Membership is NOT required to attend class or book services.

INFRARED SAUNA: Infrared heat works by penetrating deeply into your body warming it directly without having to heat the air around you, making for a relaxing experience. Benefits include: weight loss, pain relief, improved circulation, wound healing, detoxification, relaxation, lower blood pressure, anti-aging, skin purification, and cell health stimulation.

AESTHETICS & BODYWORK: Enzyme Facials, Glycolic or Lactic Acid Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion and Microneedling, Medical/Orthopedic/Therapeutic Massage, Massage Cupping, Swedish Massage, Prenatal Massage, Hot Stone Therapy. Acupuncture, Gua Sha, Electro-Stimulation, and Reiki.

NUTRITION & WELLNESS: Nutrition and lifestyle coaching, along with Professional Development Coaching.

WORKSHOPS & ADVENTURES: Empower Wellness Studio was born from the idea that ‘We Do Better Together’. Empowered Women Empower Women. Collaborate and celebrate. Laugh and cry. Mentor and support. Throughout the year, events are planned to bring all us together to share as a community of empowered women! Hikes, parties, girls’ night out, game nights, and more! We are continuously seeking professionals to bring their education and experience to our amazing group of women.

Empower Wellness Studio is one-year old! Come celebrate with us. There will be food, prizes, and a studio full of beautiful ladies! Family and friends are welcome to join.
January 19, 2019
1:00-3:00 pm