- Debbie Juniewicz Contributing Writer
Working up a sweat and getting into shape are only part of the equation at WellSpace.
Downtown Dayton’s newest wellness studio — located at 116 N. Jefferson St. — is focused on balancing a healthy body, mind and spirit.
“We want to take a balanced approach to help people attain optimal health,” co-owner Matt Parente said. “We acknowledge that each individual’s balance is just as unique as they are, and we will meet you where you’re at.”
The 7,200-square foot downtown facility — which celebrates its official grand opening Friday — offers a wide array of classes from the quiet mindfulness of meditation and gentle yoga to the upbeat heart-pumping circuit training catalyst class.
“We want to be a one-stop hub to help people take better care of themselves,” Parente said. “The multiple offerings of each mind, body, spirit training found at WellSpace are designed to personalize your experience, and we have excellent instructors to guide you through each practice.”
Parente, a certified personal trainer, is an instructor himself, teaching yoga and pilates. There are currently 14 instructors, including life coaches and a spiritual mentor.
Co-owner Michael Boyd beams with pride as he surveys the transformation of the expansive, airy space that was once home to a far different business venture.
“I spent 30 years in advertising and marketing and the last few years running a tech company right here,” Boyd said. “I’m approaching a milestone age and I wanted to do something to make people feel good and live longer.”
Boyd enlisted the help of Parente — his personal trainer, turned partner — and the rest is history.
“The vision of WellSpace was to create a welcoming, clean, safe and peaceful escape from our busy lives,” Boyd said. “We will host many offerings that will enable our community to bring balance back to their lives.”
In addition to a seven-day schedule of classes, WellSpace will also host workshops and seminars including an upcoming Healthy Living Workshop on Saturday at 6 p.m. and a Health and Spirituality Workshop on Sept. 24 at 4 p.m. Both events are free. The co-owners are also open to designing specialty classes.
“We know there are many different ways to move, think and feel,” Boyd said.
Boyd and Parente, both native Daytonians, are looking forward to making their mark in the revitalized downtown community.
“We’re incredibly excited to jump into the mix of all this energy flooding into downtown,” Parente said.
“The city is revitalizing all around us, and it’s exciting to be a part of it,” Boyd said.