April 1, 2015

Ahead of the Curve

If you seek a way to make “home, sweet home” even sweeter, why not try writing your own prescription for bliss? A happy home, after all, is a healthy one, and here are seven ways to get your glow going.


Dream on There’s a story about a pesky pea and a mound of mattresses that never added up to a good night’s rest for a particular princess. If you’re no stranger to similarly sleepless nights, a PranaSleep mattress may help you find your fairy tale ending. Created from high-quality latex and designed to conform and support the body, PranaSleep mattresses are also breathable, hypoallergenic and environmentally friendly. $1,999 and up, www.citymattress.com.



Chair fare At the end of a difficult day, there are few finer restoratives than curling up in a cozy chair. Add a state-of-the-art twist with Family Inada’s Sogno, a customizable massage chair that incorporates elements of Shiatsu and includes features that extend from a user’s feet to his or her fingertips for an estimated 1,500 square inches of massaging magic. $6,500, Relax the Back, (239) 498-2233.



Peace by design We can’t wave away the everyday irritations, but we can suggest consulting with a certified Feng Shui practitioner, such as Debbie Roddy of Lotus Blossom Feng Shui Designs. Roddy will work to help you create a greater sense of overall calm and relaxation in your home, while steering you away from harmful patterns that would generate stress. Starting from $200, based on square footage. Lotus Blossom Feng Shui Designs, www.l-bfengshuidesigns.com.



A lifesaver The American Red Cross estimates that 300,000 Americans die of sudden cardiac arrest annually; 50,000 of those deaths could be prevented by the use of an automated external defibrillator. To have a defibrillator in your home or on your boat or private plane, a physician’s prescription is needed, as is a Red Cross training course. You’ll also need to agree to the required yearly maintenance. $2,000 for the device, American Red Cross of Collier County, (239) 596-6868.



Prescription perfect For more personalized physician attention, there is the concierge medicine of Naples Health Care Associates. The practice, which has four full-time physicians specializing in internal medicine, will coordinate hospital care and specialist needs, and places an emphasis on wellness and education for its patients. And, of course, they make house calls. $5,000 to $8,000 annually, Naples Health Care Associates, www.napleshealthcare.org.



Power up When you’re huffing away in your home gym, remember: There is an easier way to get fit. The Power Plate is a vibration device that stimulates your muscles 25 to 50 times per second, making your body believe you’re doing more exercise. It’s shown to reduce cellulite, bolster strength and flexibility and is popular with celebrities, including Madonna. $2,000 to $12,000, Gym Source, (239) 438-4911.



Liquid refreshment If what flows from your home’s faucet doesn’t encourage you to fill eight glasses a day, consider commercial-grade water filtration. The Everpure system removes an array of undesirables, including chemicals and carcinogens. Equip your home to create healthier water for sipping, showering and more. $600 to $2,500, Hill’s Showcase of Designer Plumbing, (239) 261-7727.