CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – O2living of Cross River wants to make you healthy from the top of your head to the tips of your toes.
The holistic center, located in Yellow Monkey Village, opened in 2009. Its founder, Rosemary Devlin, has been helping area residents find their way to healthier lifestyles ever since.
The center features an eclectic mix of programs, including yoga, massage and nutrition – as well as a café that features vegan foods and cleansing juices.
“We help you take care of your body,” Devlin said. “You are what you eat – and we feature certain [healthy] foods.”
O2living features a wellness spa with therapeutic treatments, including massages that range from deep tissue to prenatal, as well as reflexology. It also offers facials.
“We use specific products, including our own O2 products that are all-natural and chemical free,” Devlin said.
The business also boasts a full schedule of yoga classes – specializing in vinyasa yoga.
“We have a class in hot vinyasa yoga where the room is heated to 98 degrees,” Devlin said. “It helps to sweat out the toxins. We have the Power Hour, designed to not just release the toxins but to also improve muscle tone.”
However, the center’s signature business is its juice-cleansing program, which is designed to increase energy, improve mental clarity and boost the immune system, among other things.
“We offer a series of juices – five different flavors,” Devlin said. “We juice our raw vegetables and fruits daily. It’s part of our slogan, ‘Building a Community for Health Living.’”
A doctor was contracted when she started the juice business to help choose the fruit and veggie combinations that would be included in the elixirs, Devlin said. One client who went on the program saw his Type 2 diabetes reduced, she said.
Devlin, who lives in Irvington, said she was already running the spa when she decided to add the café and juice aspect.
“I have five sons and one of them went into anaphylactic shock from pistachios on an international flight,” she said. “It really got me looking at food labels to understand what’s in the food we eat.”
O2living can design a personalized program that includes nutrition, cleansing, a raw food plan, yoga and therapeutic massage.
“The O2living brand is becoming very popular,” she said. “We have very good clientele, and our mornings have been very busy.”
The business is open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 8:30 to 2 p.m. weekends; For more information, visit its website at www.o2living.com .