By Jason Chen SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — It’s not a normal day at Metro Fitness Downtown. The fitness club held a health fair on Thursday that brought central New Yorkers and local businesses together to learn more ways to stay healthy.
Every year in April, Metro Fitness holds its Spring Open House not only to look for new customers but to appreciate its members.
“We are the type of gym that our trainers know you by name,” organizer Caitlin Hoff said. “We like giving back to Syracuse but also giving back to the people we support.”
Christopher Lyerly, a podiatrist at Syracuse Podiatry, said it’s important to know how serious foot pain or ankle pain and cause.
“High heels are probably not the best shoes to wear,” he said. “A lot of the older women we see who wore heels ever since their little girls.”
Mary Kay Maroney was an advocate for massage. She visited the fair and tried chair massage for the first time.
“I’ve never had a chair massage like this before,” Maroney said. “It’s excellent and very relaxing.”
She added that doing so can help her address muscular problems.
“(It) helps relieve that muscle tensions and tightness and helps to contribute to overall wellness,” Maroney said.
Samantha Donaldson, a massage therapist who was showcasing chair massage at the fair, said it helps increase the circulation and decrease stress and fatigue.
“A lot of people deal with chronic pain or injuries and I work on trying to get their body back to a better posture,” she said, adding that it could improve customers’ health both mentally and physically.
Metro Fitness club will be holding more similar community events in the summer, Hoff said.