New Kid on the Block: Lymbr

This article is by guest writer Ryan Swearingen.

Founded less than two years ago, Lymbr has already sprouted six locations—including Darien, Conn.; Boca Raton and Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; and Newton and Wakefield, Mass.; and now in Tribeca at 11 Jay Street. By the end of 2019, the company plans to make that number twenty.

Lymbr aims to serve anyone from professional athletes looking to maintain or recover to executives seeking to de-stress. Studio manager and stretch therapist Christine Cody explains the Progressive Dynamic Stretching method (upon which Lymbr’s system is based) as isolating specific muscles with short, active stretches no longer than two seconds each, avoiding static or sustained stretches that can lead to injury. She sees Lymbr as a complement to other fitness or aerobic regimens, and she says that some clients have found its benefits an alternative to practices like acupressure.

One-on-one 30-to-60-minute sessions are personalized to the client’s needs, whether self-identified at the start or therapist-observed during the session. The therapists, according to Lymbr, “must be licensed in or hold a degree in personal training, sports medicine, physical therapy assistant, exercise science, kinesiology, massage therapy, or other related fields.” Moreover, they have to graduate from Lymbr Academy after 100 hours of “training, practical work, and testing.”

Entering the studio, clients find a casual-chic lobby and reception, followed by a long aisle of workspaces, with stretch tables on the left and chair stations on the right. The tables focus primarily on lower-body work, with clients lying on their sides or backs, each with a belt to stabilize against stretches and frosted glass dividers to provide a measure of privacy. Chairs facing mirrors at each station on the right allow therapists and clients to isolate upper-body muscles. A room at the rear of the studio serves as an event space for now, with additional programs in the works.

The vibe is relaxed and friendly, and while clients dress mostly in athletic gear, they’re encouraged to wear whatever is comfortable. Patrons range in age from 12 to 105, according to Cody, at all levels of fitness. Sessions are $55 per half-hour or $100 per hour, discounted for packages and offered seven days a week.

Lymbr is at 11 Jay (between Greenwich and Staple); 917-261-7491; belymbr.com.

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