The Training RoomThe Training Room. Photo by Claire Ellis.

Gym: The Training Room
691A Somerville Ave., (617) 284-6088
373 Washington St., (617) 764-1015

The Training Room is not your typical gym. Rather than endless rows of machines and looming monthly membership costs, at the Training Room working out is designed to be personalized. People can choose from personal training, progressive group programs, small-group training, and group classes. The fitness studio focuses on indoor cycling, strength training, sports conditioning, and kettlebell training. There’s no mandated membership—people can pay by the class, get a class card, or opt for a monthly unlimited pass.

Acupuncture: Open Space Community Acupuncture
70 Union Square #102, (617) 627-9700

In a country where healthcare costs can be off the charts, a pay-what-you-can model of care is refreshing. Pinpointing what you can afford on a scale of $20 to $40 per visit, without having to prove your income level, is just one of the benefits of Open Space Community Acupuncture’s format. Patients are all treated together in a large room, which, in addition to allowing the clinic to set lower prices, can help set a tone of relaxation—what the clinic calls a “healing charge.”

Yoga: O2 Yoga
288 Highland Ave., (617) 491-0002

O2 Yoga draws from the Astanga style (a vinyasa flow class with structured sequences) but puts a bit of a spin on it—a “‘jazz’ version,” the studio’s website explains. The intense, athletic classes are all drop-in, with basics, rajas hour, intermediate, power, and Astanga series levels. The teachers have all had the same training, which helps make students’ experiences at O2 Yoga cohesive. All teachers adjust their classes to a monthly theme, designed to help yogis improve at certain techniques or poses like chaturanga or lotus pose.

Dentist: Katie Talmo
180 Highland Ave., (617) 864-6111

“As a member of the ‘pre-fluoride’ generation, I’ve had dental issues my entire life and have provided my previous dentists with a mouthful of complex challenges and a head full of hard-to-forget dental miseries.  Dr. Katie has brilliantly helped me with both!  From our initial meeting, her pleasant, soft-spoken manner conveyed a sense of calm and patient care I had not previously experienced in the dental chair.  I immediately had a sense of her exceptional talent.” —Ellie, a patient of Dr. Katie Talmo

Massage: Massage Therapy Works
255 Elm St #302, (617) 684-4000

Services offered:
Massages – Deep tissue, integrative lymph, for children, for couples, prenatal, sports, stress-reduction, structural assessment, therapeutic
Infant massage class
Massage instruction for couples
Biofield tuning
CranioSacral rebalancing
Fascial stretch therapy
Integrative bodywork
Manual lymph drainage
Matrix energetics
Rehab myotherapy
Shamanic healing