I had the honour to interview fashion designer Norma Kamali. In addition to having a natural talent as a designer Norma is also an avid believer of taking of taking care of yourself inside and out. With that strong belief she opened the Wellness Cafe ten years ago to introduce healthy options to her customers. Continue reading to learn more about Norma and the cafe!
1. Ten years ago you launched the wellness cafe, how have customers responded to this new addition
THE WELLNESS CAFÉ IS A PART OF MY LIFESTYLE THAT INCLUDES FITNESS AND HEALTH WHICH I BELIEVE CONTRIBUTES TO INSIDE OUTSIDE BEAUTY. I AM DOING ALL I CAN TO SAHRE ALL THE INFORMATION I DISCOVER WITH MY CLIENTS SO THEY TOO LOOK BETTER AS A RESULT OF BEST HEALTH AND FITNESS PRACTICIES.
2. How did you discover the benefits of olive oil?
OLIVE OIL IS PART OF MY HERITAGE. WHAT I LEARNED AS A CHILD THOUGHT THE NUMEROUS USES MY MOTHER APPLIED TO OUR DAILY LIVES AND THEN ON MY SEARCH FOR THE BEST OLIVE OILS IN THE WORLD THERE IS NO QUESTION IN MY MIND THAT TIMELESS SOLUTIONS USING OLIVE OIL FOR BEST HEALTH AND BEAUTY PRACTICES IS THE ULTIMATE BEAUTY REGIME FOR BOTH MEN AND WOMEN.
3. What woudl you say to disbelievers?
NOTHING. I WOULD NEVER CHALLENGE ANYONE WHO PREFERS OTHER METHODS. I CAN ONLY SHARE WHAT I LEARN AND LET PEOPLE MAKE A CHOICE ON THEIR OWN.
4. When traveling what are the 5 snacks you would recommend to staying healthy on the road?
I ALWAYS BRING ALMONDS AND GREEN TEA. I LIKE DRIED BERRY MIXES FROM JUICE PRESS THAT WE CARRY IN THE CAFÉ. I ALSO THINK THE SALMON POUCHES ARE AMAZING ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU ARE OFF TIME ZONES. I EAT WHEN I AM HUNGRY AND SOMETIMES THAT MEANS FISH FOR BREAKFAST. THE SALMON IS DELICIOUS. I ALSO ALWAYS CARRY OLIVE OIL I PUT OLIVE OIL ON THE FISH AND SOME SEA SALT.
4. I noticed that Physique 57 DVD’s are offered for purchase at the cafe, do you workout there?
PHYSIQUE 57 IS A BRILLIANT TECHNIQUE. THE GYMS ARE PERFECT IN THE WAY THEY CHALLENGE THEIR CLIENTS AND KEEP THE ENERGY HIGH AND MOTIVATED. THE RESULTS HAPPENS SO FAST AND IT IS BECAUSE YOU BUST YOU ASS EACH AND EVERY TIME. I HAVE BEEN WORKING OUT SINCE THE 80’S AND AM EXPERIENCED SEVERAL METHODS LIKE PILATES, GYROKENISIS AS WELL AS RADU AND CLASSES LIKE DANCE CLASSES LIKE ZUMBA AND TAI CHI AND QI GONG. THE OVERALLCARDIO AND SHAPING BALANCE AT P57 IS REMARKABLE.
5. What other forms of fitness do you enjoy doing?
I LIKE TO DO SOME OF THE MAT CLASSES AT P57 AS WELL AS WORK OUT IN THE GYM WITH MY GUY FRIEND USING THE EQUIPMENT AT TIMES.
6. Have you considered expanding the wellness cafe to other locations outside of New York?
I THINK ACCESS ONLINE AND EVOLVING THE WEBSITE AS WELL AS THE EVENT CALENDAR IS MORE APPEALING TO US AND TO OUR CLIENTS. I THINK THE WELLNESS CAFÉ CONCEPT IS WORKABLE IF WE FOUND A GOOD REAL ESTATE PARTNER.
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