Changemakers: Kendall Winindger, Deborah Peters & Diana Fisher
When Diana Fisher faced a cancer diagnosis five years ago, she sought out alternative therapies in addition to Western medicine treatments. But driving all over for mental health, reiki and acupuncture treatments proved inconvenient. So at a fortuitous lunch three years ago, Fisher, along with her sisters Kendall Winindger and Deborah Peters, happened upon the idea of starting a health collective right in New Orleans. Now Spyre exists to offer a group of health practitioners, meditation spaces, a gym and fitness studio, community gathering areas and a health café all in one gorgeous, peaceful location on Prytania Street.
Once greeted in the spacious reception area, guests are welcome to drop in the renovated Norwegian church (aka “The Nave”) for group yoga classes and community events. Outdoors, the heated saltwater pool is available for lap swimming or water aerobics classes, and a labyrinth in the lawn invites quiet walking meditation. There’s also a dedicated meditation room and gymnasium available, as well as services such as an infrared sauna, hydrotherapy (including a hot and cold plunge tank) and a dry float bed. In addition, the Well Café is headed up by Chef Amelie, a nutrition consultant who works with local farms to offer fresh, organic meals and snacks. Some of the food is even grown on-site in the Spyre garden. A variety of fitness classes such as core and Pilates workouts are available, as well as group meditation. Prices start at $115 for monthly unlimited access to the pool and gym, and everything is also available a la carte. Discounts for seniors and those with financial need are available as well.
In the 15 on-site offices, the many practitioners also support Spyre’s philosophy of treating the body holistically. Currently, the tenants at Spyre offer services such as acupuncture, cupping, light therapies, Ayurvedic practices, CranialSacral massage and integrative physical therapy. Board-certified physiatrists, licensed counselors and licensed social workers are also part of the team, because supporting mental health is another key goal for the organization.
As the sisters explain, Spyre provides a place where all bodies and abilities are welcome, and they hope to build a community around this health-based space. With everything in one location, it’s easy for someone to drop by for a therapy visit, then add in some time in the sauna or a spin on the Peloton bike as well. It’s a joyful, relaxing space designed to help support a holistically healthy lifestyle.
Visit their website to learn more about their practitioners or drop in to see the offerings and try the café.