When Change Is the Subject

Healing and wellness is the goal at the new Md. studio Transform


Tanya Colucci, in black, has many ways to help clients improve their health.

No matter why clients come to Tanya Colucci, she has the same goal: “I really want them to make a change or shift in their life.”

In other words, she wants them to Transform, which is the name of her new holistic healing and wellness studio in Takoma Park, Md. (7042 Carroll Ave.; 202-812-4242, Transformdc.com).

It’s a place that never would have existed without Colucci’s own transformation. As a personal trainer, she started experiencing severe back pain and explored ways to alleviate it. She studied meditation, Reiki, yoga, massage and myofascial release — a treatment that targets restrictions in the body’s connective tissue.

All of these modalities are available at Transform, along with fitness services that take advantage of an array of functional exercise equipment, including TRX Suspension Trainers, kettlebells and ViPR weighted tubes. Clients can choose between one-on-one training and small-group sessions (limited to four participants) that provide personal attention with a lower price tag ($360 for two classes a week during each six-week session).

Over the next few months, Colucci plans to add family fitness classes that will blend exercise and games and take advantage of nearby parks.

“I want to get parents into the act with their kids and show them something they can do together that’s active,” she says.

Staying active is something that may require going upstairs to Transform’s treatment room. Colucci wants to raise awareness about the benefits of myofascial release not just for people with chronic pain, but for anyone who wants to prevent tightness.

Transform is hosting an open house from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday featuring demos and giveaways and is offering $29 drop-in classes April 15-21.

Vicky Hallett is a MisFit columnists and the Fit editor for Express.
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