Zen Den: Decoding Your Health Through DNA Tests

By Blair Miller

A state-of-the-art fitness and wellness facility located in the heart of Norwell, Zen Den has come a long way since opening its doors in the summer of 2016. Under the direction of co-owner and founder, Mary Kim-Garrity, the center offers a range of integrated medical and holistic services that help strengthen, condition and heal the body.

Zen Den’s clients range from elite athletes who want to improve their physical performance on the field or the court, to patients suffering from chronic pain and cancer. While some people come to practice yoga or Pilates, others are attracted by the specialized therapeutic treatments such as massage, acupuncture, floatation therapy and infrared sauna. Most recently, the company launched Zen Den Medical and brought Dr. Dawna Jones onboard to be the medical director.

“People get trapped into thinking that they either have to accomplish their medical goals holistically or traditionally,” says Jones, who prefers a more integrated approach. One of the ways Zen Den is pushing the envelope is by offering DNA tests, which are capable of detecting nutritional deficiencies, hormone imbalances, allergy sensitivities and more. “It provides a snapshot of your physiology,” says Kim-Garrity.

The center has also begun offering several new therapeutic (and somewhat futuristic-sounding) treatments. Vitamin infusions, administered via IV, can be used to deliver nutrients directly into the bloodstream for optimal absorption. Cryogenic chamber therapy on the other hand—a treatment that involves briefly exposing a person’s body to freezing cold nitrogen gas—can be used to decrease inflammation on a cellular level (it’s said to be a less-painful alternative to the ice bath therapy commonly used by athletes).

Zen Den, 392 Washington St., Norwell, 781-424-0488, zendengroup.com

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