Integration Studios, one of Frostburg's newest businesses, offers yoga instruction and massage therapy. While they've been open for about a year, the establishment remains hidden in plain sight. Integration Studios is located at 2 W Main St. in Frostburg- on the corner of Main and Broadway. To get to a class or appointment, use the side entrance (facing Broadway), carefully shut the door and go up the stairs. The warm beige walls and carefully chosen scents provide a welcoming atmosphere.
Sue Heiss and Emily Green co-own the studio and are both licensed massage therapists. Heiss also teaches integrated yoga classes.
"Anyone can do yoga. Any class can be adapted to your needs and limits," Heiss states. "You won't be asked to stand on your head. Besides, the floor is concrete," she laughs. Heiss is relaxed and uses a touch of humor. And she is right about not needing experience, using catlike moves or having the ability to turn into a human pretzel. Each yoga class at Integration Studios provides different levels of instruction. Class times are posted on the website. Integration Studios offers patrons a relaxed and non-competitive atmosphere for yoga. And a helpful tip for guys: wear pants.
Independent instructors, Melanie DeMoss and Hania Merrill also teach yoga. Merrill specializes in Reiki Yoga, a union of the Reiki healing system with yoga positions that promote spiritual, physical and mental wellness. Merrill is certified through Yogaville, an integral yoga academy. DeMoss teaches Vinyasa Flow Yoga, which focuses on fluid movement. Each pose flows into the next pose and helps to align breath, mind, and body. She received her certification through Ananda Shala in Frederick, MD.
Massage therapy has many benefits. It can assist with healing and circulation. It can also reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. It's not just for sorting out various kinks and rough spots. Preventative massage may help keep things in check. Heiss and Green utilize their abilities to assist the client's health and well being.
There is potential for studio expansion. Heiss and Green hope to bring more classes to the studio- and not just yoga. Instructors interested in offering community-based courses should contact Integration Studios. For class schedules, contact information, and more information about the massage therapy offered visit their website.
Back: Melanie DeMoss & Sue Heiss
Front: Emily Green & Hania Merrill