Soar and restore at Synergy Sports Therapy

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Mary Riley’s newly expanded Synergy Sports Therapy boasts the high-energy appeal of classes like bounce and antigravity yoga housed in a super-mod, industrial-style space. (Photography by Benjamin Margalit/Margalit Studio)

By Patricia Nugent

No matter your age, your profession or your fitness level, chances are good you’re looking for that extra edge when it comes to physical and mental performance.

Since opening Synergy Sports Therapy five years ago in Berea, Mary Riley realized she needed a bigger, better space to accommodate her eclectic combination of fitness classes, sports massage services and high-performance recovery therapies.

Working with a team of local architects, Mary designed every inch of her new 4,500-square-foot building, which opened last month. It balances fitness classes in a brightly lit, two-story studio with massage and recovery services in their own quiet wing of massage suites.

For Mary, who is at heart a sports therapist, having provided massage therapy to some of Cleveland’s prominent sports figures, raising the bar to the highest level to achieve the best possible results is an everyday mission.

Soar, Bounce, Suspend
“People love the adrenaline rush of new exercise trends, and bounce classes, performed on mini-trampolines, or Bellicon rebounders, certainly fit that bill,” says Mary.

Combining elements of HIIT (high intensity interval training), cardio, posture alignment, free weights and balance poses, the classes target your level of overall strength and also boost the lymphatic system.

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Says Karli K., of Berea, who has taken bounce classes at Synergy for the last three months, “After the first class I was instantly hooked. No other exercise I’ve ever done has made me feel this energized. Even after a very challenging class I’m never sore, since there’s no stress on the joints like you’d get pounding away on a treadmill. It’s fat-burning and muscle-toning, high energy and simply a blast.”

In addition to bounce classes, the studio also offers antigravity yoga, which incorporates soft silk hammocks suspended from the 20-foot ceiling.

This class emphasizes a total body workout while realigning it, spine and mind. People say they feel as if they are floating, and the gentle motions deeply open the spine, hips and connective tissues of the body.

Chill, Float = Restore, Recover
Mary is thrilled to add the float pod to her advanced host of recovery services. People float within an egg-like cocoon filled with 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt and water warmed to the same temperature as the skin. The espon salt not only allows you to float, it aids in muscle recovery among many other benefits to the body.

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“The object is to allow you to reach a very deep state of relaxation,” she explains. “You can make this experience your own. You can blast music, flash colored lights and leave the cover open, or you can opt for more of a sensory deprivation experience and close the cover and turn off the music and lights.”

Mary was the first in Ohio to introduce cryotherapy, now calling amongst its fans the likes of LeBron James and other professional athletes. Just as the goal of an ice bath is to rehab sore muscles and joints and reduce inflammation, with cryo, people stand in a cylinder while very cold nitrogen vapor gently blows around them.

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“Cryotherapy stimulates the body’s natural healing process with reported benefits including boosting the immune system to alleviate arthritis pain, improving sleep and promoting weight loss,” she says.

Another leading recovery service is biomat thermotherapy. People lay on the mat and benefit from a combination of far infrared rays, negative ions and amethyst crystals to produce heat for a healing experience. Mary reports the FDA-approved therapy provides temporary relief from sprains, strains, muscle pain and joint pain associated with arthritis, while boosting the immune system and reducing stress.

And mimicking the kneading and dynamic compression of a sports massage, Mary has just begun offering the NormaTec recovery boots service.

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Clients sit in comfy recliners and watch television while wearing the leg length boots, which mold to the body and gently massage the limbs in sequential order from the foot to the top of the leg to improve circulation and speed recovery.

As the foundation of all these recovery services, along with four other massotherapists, the team specializes in ART, sports massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point massage, AIS stretching, rossiter and Swedish massage.

You Can Book This Building
From its wild color palette (bright oranges, magentas, cobalt blues and a purple so vibrant the paint company named it Mature Grape), to the super mod industrial decor of concrete floors and exposed ductwork, the new Synergy Building would make an amazing venue for any get-together, whether it’s a shower, spa night or birthday party for up to 50 people in the studio, which opens onto a charming patio courtyard, or small group meetings within the second story loft overlooking the space. A full kitchen makes the building caterer—or BYO—friendly.

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Mary says they’ve already hosted several groups and the events have been fantastic.

Synergy Sports Therapy is located at 1061 West Bagley Road, in Berea. For more information, call 440-941-5511. Or visit SynergySportsMassage.net.