By Whitney Lowe, Ashland in Motion Executive Director
The air is aflutter with the sounds of hearts beating, and it’s brought on by more than just heart-shaped candy sentiments. February is American Heart Month, a time of the year designated to educate and raise awareness of cardiovascular disease and prevention. According to a recent study found at Healthfinder.gov, cardiovascular disease – including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure – is responsible for one out of every three deaths in the United States. It is the number one killer of American women and men, and it is a leading cause of serious illness and disability.
Heart health begins with identifying risk factors, setting health goals, and working towards healthier lifestyle habits and choices. While health resources and initiatives are bountiful in Ashland, downtown especially is home to restaurants, health centers and spas that inspire a healthier lifestyle and aid in the pursuit of a tip-top ticker. Check out these downtown spots that will help you fuel up, work it out, and wind down!
Butter It Up!
Though the name may be deceiving, Butter It Up! is actually the go-to downtown spot for healthy and lean menu options. The restaurant is well-known for its delicious gluten-free menu items made from local, organic ingredients. Butter It Up! serves hot, on-the-spot meals, as well as a selection of fresh grass-fed meats and free-range eggs. Their signature coffees are locally-roasted and sweetened with locally-harvested syrups, honey, and whipping cream. A trip to Butter It Up! is not only good for your heart and overall health, but a treat for your taste buds!
American Health Center
Open 24/7, American Health Center is the Tri-State’s solution to affordable fitness that accommodates your busy schedule. American Health Center’s Ashland location has spectacular views of downtown and is home to outstanding equipment, and personal trainers to help make health goals a reality. Fighting the risks of cardiovascular disease is no sweat with the aid and support of American Health Center’s motivated staff!
Eternal Yoga and Pilates
Located inside the historic Stars building, Eternal Yoga and Pilates’ newly renovated, ultra-hip space is the perfect environment to find health, strength and Zen. Eternal Yoga and Pilates offers a variety of classes focused on all levels of yoga, Pilates and Zumba. The downtown studio also houses a collection of health-inspired, eco-conscience items like all-natural beauty products and essential oils, in addition to fashion forward, free trade clothes to keep you stylish in the studio and on the streets.
Bodyworks Therapeutic Massage
Loosen up and lower your heart rate with a trip to the spa! Bodyworks Therapeutic Massage therapists are licensed professionals who have over ten years of experience. Spa sessions are customized to each client’s individual needs and a take-home treatment plan is designed to continue their success outside the spa. The holistic spa is tucked inside the landmark Camayo Arcade, where clients will find an urban retreat of relaxation and rejuvenation.
Moxie Massage and Boutique
Voted best massage therapist in 2015 by Daily Independent readers, Moxie Massage and Boutique has been providing professional therapeutic massage services since 2000. Dr. Amy Litteral is a licensed and board certified chiropractic physician, as well as a licensed massage therapist, specializing in neuromuscular disorders. Dr. Litteral incorporates her education and training, along with her passion for yoga, to treat ailments and inspire a full and healthy life.
Ashland in Motion is non-profit organization that works together with the community and civic leaders to revitalize downtown Ashland in order to maintain a vibrant environment that inspires cultural and economic growth.