This Flourtown Gym Just Reinvented Itself as a Full-Blown Wellness Space

After eight years in enterprise, Chestnut Hill Cycle Fitness has developed into The Sanctuary Wellness Studio, a area devoted to slowing down, recentering, and working towards mindfulness.

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The Sanctuary Wellness Studio affords yoga, mat Pilates, and barre, plus mindfulness and self-care workshops. / Photographs by Victoria Lin Photography.If there’s something many people discovered these previous two years, it’s the significance of slowing down within the identify of well being and wellness. And if there’s something boutique health studios have discovered, it’s that overused ‘P’ phrase that we by no means wish to hear or use once more (ahem, ‘pivot’).For Alli Bradley, these two classes converged, main her to fully rework her eight-year-old health club, Chestnut Hill Cycle Fitness, into a holistic wellness area aptly renamed The Sanctuary Wellness Studio. “The pandemic modified a lot for me and for the studio,” Bradley advised me throughout a cellphone dialog. “It compelled me to take a look at not solely my enterprise in a different way, however my very own self-care practices. What I’ve been loving and thriving on is slowing down, calming my nervous system, transferring my physique intuitively, and connecting with myself and others — all on the mat. I knew I wished to — and needed to — recreate the studio as a place the place folks might exhale all their stress in an empowering and calming atmosphere.”So, what’s totally different? Well, for starters, there’s no extra indoor biking. Bradley bought her spin bikes to Invert Your World, a newly opened health studio in Ambler. “I lived a lot of my life pondering that high-intensity exercises have been the best way,” Bradley says. “I’m not knocking anybody for the way they transfer their physique, however for me, the second I took it down a notch was the second I began feeling higher on all ranges. Some of our shoppers have been undoubtedly dissatisfied after they came upon there’d be no extra spin lessons, however I wished to evolve the studio into a place the place folks might break freed from all of the Go! Go! Go!”The rebranded biz formally launched this previous weekend within the 3,300-square-foot Flourtown location it moved into in February of 2020. The Sanctuary affords yoga, barre, and mat-based Pilates lessons, which all start and finish with temporary meditative breathwork to emphasise and improve the mind-body connection. It additionally hosts rotating self-care workshops co-led by native wellness practitioners, so you possibly can count on classes starting from sound bowl therapeutic to acupuncture. The studio’s retail is increasing, as effectively, with gadgets like branded journals (that’ll be inspired for use in the course of the meditative elements of sophistication) and sage and palo santo bundles on the market. And we are able to’t neglect in regards to the infrared sauna, which was put in final August and may be booked by itself, with or with out a class reservation.The Sanctuary Wellness Studio founder and proprietor, Alli Bradley. / Photograph by Victoria Lin Photography.When I requested Bradley the place she got here up with the brand new identify, she advised me it was impressed by a ritual she shares along with her dad. “This previous winter, I used to be actually depressed — my studio was nonetheless hurting from the pandemic and I couldn’t get hold of any extra monetary support to assist preserve my enterprise afloat,” she says. “One day, my dad mentioned to me, ‘It appears like it’s good to discover your individual sanctuary.’ I acquired so emotional when he mentioned that as a result of I understood then that I wanted to create that secure area for myself. After that, he and I began checking in with one another, asking, ‘Are you getting in your sanctuary?’ It was our approach of holding one another accountable — ensuring we have been each taking good care of ourselves and tapping into our internal wellness.”She began asking that very same query of her shut associates and studio members, and it created an natural ripple impact — one which additionally aligns along with her need to shift the route of her enterprise: “The extra I thought of it, the extra I noticed simply how a lot our studio serves as a place of therapeutic and security for therefore lots of our shoppers. We have a large neighborhood of parents who’re sober, others who’re navigating fertility points, and individuals who simply wish to destress and really feel supported. A sanctuary is a place the place somebody turns to for refuge, and that’s what I wished to create and provides to others.”The Sanctuary Wellness Studio is situated at 735 Bethlehem Pike in Flourtown.

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