CRANBURY: Get ‘Zen’ergized downtown

By Jennifer Kohlhepp, Managing Editor
Health is one of the most important of life’s treasures to be nurtured and protected, according to Denise Valdes.
The owner of Zenergy, the new fitness and wellness center downtown, believes that the key to good health is maintaining the balance between fitness, nutrition and relaxation.
“There are three aspects — body, mind and spirit — and all three have to be healthy for a person to maintain their health status,” Ms. Valdes said.
She opened Zenergy to provide a safe environment where individuals can bring harmony and balance into their bodies and lives.
“By reducing stress and incorporating moderate fitness programs into our daily routine, we keep our life force energy strong,” she said. “When our energy is strong and vibrant, we increase our ability to stay well.”
At Zenergy, Ms. Valdes, a certified massage therapist, works with a fitness manager, yoga instructors, reiki practitioners and a herbalist to help people maintain the health of the three components of a human being through natural means.
“I feel there is a need for a holistic approach,” she said. “We need alternatives to and supplements for western medicine. Western medicine helps with ailments and heals but we need help supporting that by keeping our bodies in balance to maintain that wellness state.”
At Zenergy, Ms. Valdes doesn’t just offer massage therapy. She teaches her patrons stretches and provides them with advice about how to keep muscles supple and how to maintain the benefits of massage longer.
Fitness manager Kerri Fox instructs yoga, Zumba, abdominal and “Ballet Bootcamp” classes along with yoga instructor Suzette Stoddard.
The center will host a grand opening on Aug. 19 that will feature free family Zumba classes as well as a guided tour of the downtown by herbalist Donna Reynolds.
“She will point out the herbal properties of what we see as weeds,” Ms. Valdes said.
Currently, Zenergy is promoting its fitness and wellness classes by offering the first class free.
Starting Sept. 7, yoga classes will take place on Sunday at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday at 5:45 p.m., Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and Thursday at 5:45 p.m. “Ballet Bootcamp” will be offered at 9:30 a.m. on Monday. “Family Zumba” is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday. “Express Class: Hardcore Abs” will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Walk-ins pay $15 per class. There is a monthly rate of 10 classes for $120 as well as weekly rates.
For more information, visit the wellness center at 61 N. Main St. in Cranbury, call 609-619-0364 or visit www.zenergywc.com. 