Local residents looking to improve their well-being might be relieved to discover that a “Phountain” of good health has sprung up in Massapequa Park.
Phountain, the newest location in a chain of Long Island-based Life-Extension Spas and Alkaline Water Stores, opened up at 1019 Park Boulevard last month. The chain takes a preventative approach to health and wellness; manager Michael Mastrantuono gives a direct and to-the-point example of exactly what this means.
“If you slam your hand in a drawer, the first thing you might want to do is take painkillers,” he said. “I say just take your damn hand out of the drawer. Fix the cause, not the symptom.”
Mastrantuono says that Phountain, more than anything else, is an alkaline education center, extolling the virtues of maintaining balance in your body between its healthy alkaline and unhealthy acidic states.
“We’re born alkaline; we die acidic,” he said. “The key to life is to say alkaline. Why? As long as your body is alkaline, aliments from acne to cancer can not live in your body. This is a preventive approach, as opposed to the reactive approach which is what we’re thrust into out there by doctors and pharmaceutical companies.”
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Mastrantuono illustrates the benefits of keeping the body in an alkaline state by using an analogy of the PH levels of a pool and how pool owners keep the water clear by adding chlorine. Chlorine raises the PH level of the water to ensure that it’s alkaline, preventing algae, germs, and insect infestations from taking root. And just like a pool, the best way for the human body to maintain an alkaline state is to put the right things into it.
“Minerals are our acid buffers,” he said. “The problem is that we don‘t eat the proper foods...we don’t mineralize the body so that the body can use mineralize to neutralize acids. The idea is to store minerals in the body, which gives the body balance...you’re creating an environment that disease can’t survive in.”
To that end, Phountain offers various mineral-rich food supplements and alkaline water, as well as special services that include infrared sauna, vibration therapy, ionic detox footbaths, and massages. Soon they plan on offering acupuncture as well.
Despite their Massapequa Park location being open less than a month, Phountain is already experiencing plenty of success with local residents.
“Response so far has been phenomenal,” he said. “We have several other stores, and there a lot of people living in this area who were traveling to the other locations. So, the minute we turned the key we had already had customers, and they spread the word.”
But in the end, the most important thing Mastrantuono says that Phountain can provide to those looking to better their health is knowledge.
“The education is the most important thing we offer here,” he said. “You can come in here and you can buy anything you want, and I can tell you that it works, but I want you to understand why and how, because it’s not about the products, it’s about the lifestyle.”
Phountain has locations in Massapequa Park, West Islip, East Islip, Sayville, and Commack, as well as a new location opening soon in Farmingdale.