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The Top Three Health and Fitness Destinations in Silicon Valley

By The Editors | January 9, 2020 | Lifestyle


A view from the indoor saltwater pool at Canyon Ranch Woodside Wellness Retreat.


(16350 Skyline Blvd., Woodside,

Why stress out traveling when the newest wellness retreat is right here? The former Skylonda Lodge is now a Canyon Ranch retreat, with its 38 rooms (from $989 per night) tucked amid coastal redwoods. Cole Martinez Curtis & Associates has given interiors a rejuvenation, all the better for coaching in mindfulness, nutrition, exercise, yoga and meditation. Spa massages, swimming in an indoor saltwater pool, hiking and walking a labyrinth are among the activities offered for personal or corporate retreats, with food at The Hearth restaurant by executive chef Isabelle Jackson Nunes. INSIDER’S TIP Take a walk along the wooded path and stop at the bench by the vortex. Many have reported feeling warmth and positive energy there.


Urban Body, co-owned by two former ballet dancers, features Pilates and the South Bay’s only Gyrotonics classes.


(1413 The Alameda,

This studio with 11 trainers was founded by Shannon Bynum Adams, with co-owner Maria Yu, and is the only Pilates studio in San Jose to also offer Gyrotonics, a circular movement system based on yoga, tai chi, dance and swimming that allows the body to stretch and move in different planes by using machinery with springs, weights and pulley towers. INSIDER’S TIP Elite athletes and everyday clients know that Adams and Yu, both former professional ballet dancers, have special experience with biomechanics and will steer those with healthy bodies or injuries to the right sessions based on abilities, limitations and recovery needs.


(33800 Alvarado-Niles Road, Ste. 5, Union City,

For 16 years, this company’s trainers and massage therapists have worked to mend the injuries of professional athletes and other high-end clients. Compression treatments, massage and tailored circuit training help clients find immediate improvement in flexibility and function. INSIDER’S TIP Slip in during a lunch break for a transformative cryotherapy session—like many CEO’s do—for relief from frozen shoulder.

Tags: wellness

Photography by: Photos courtesy of Urban Body San Jose; courtesy of Canyon Ranch Woodside Wellness Retreat