Wellness Programs & Activities

From on-site massage, personal training, physical therapy to proactive senior health education, the Bender JCC is proud to offer members of all ages a number of ongoing wellness programs and activities that strengthen both body and mind. Explore wellness at the Bender JCC and come back often to see what’s new!

Talk to someone in Health & Fitness if you have any questions or stop by the membership desk to purchase your sessions.

Personal Training

Personal training is a great way to commit to your fitness goals. Whether you are interested in one-on-one personal training, duet, small group, or specialty TRX suspension training, our personal trainers offer a variety of options all designed to help you achieve your personal fitness goals.

Learn more and schedule a Personal Training consultation!


The Bender JCC offers a comprehensive array of therapeutic massage and spa services. All treatments are conducted by highly trained, licensed male and female therapists that specialize in healing body and mind.

55-Minute Massage (Regular Price)
Member: $85 | General Public: $95

Meet Your Masseurs & Masseuse
Sharon Bray

Sharon is a 2010 graduate of the Potomac Massage Training Institute. She has certifications in oncology massage and Comfort Touch, and has expertise in working with people with physical and cognitive challenges through her work with residents with dementia at the Hebrew Home. Each session is specially designed around the client’s goals and wishes, integrating a wide range of massage techniques. Sharon strives to make each session a warm, supportive, caring and therapeutic experience.

Scott Pollard

Scott is a compassionate, caring, light hearted, understanding person. He has had a success massage practice for over twenty years. He is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and licensed by the state of Maryland. Scott has brought nurturing touch to all types of people including athletes, the elderly, as well as persons with chronic pain, disabilities, cancer and HIV. His practice has included seated corporate massage for the U.S. Commerce Department, The International Monetary Fund, Children’s Hospital and other organizations. Scott uses a variety of techniques including Swedish, deep tissue acupressure and energy balancing.

Matt Hersh

Matt graduated from PMTI and is a Holistic Massage Therapist with a passion for healing. Matt has worked in the health and wellness industry for over 10 years helping people become more active, reduce or eliminate their medications, and have an overall higher quality of life. Matt has worked on the University of Maryland football team, along with athletes from all walks of life at different fitness centers and wellness clinics. Matt has also worked with clients that have chronic illness or pain, including scoliosis, MS, fibromyalgia, hip/knee/shoulder surgeries, and more. He discovered a passion for helping people in a holistic way, integrating lifestyle, mental state and dietary changes. He became a massage therapist because of all the positive changes experienced by friends, family, and himself. Matt also offers plant-based diet coaching, because after going vegan 6 years ago, he benefitted from increased energy, weight loss and eliminated seasonal allergies.”

Interested in Massage Therapy? Fill out the form below!

ProAction Physical Therapy

ProAction Physical Therapy is located in the Weinberg Health and Fitness Center. We provide personalized care to people who have had surgery, and those with orthopedic and sports medicine injuries. Our specialties include treating the running and dancing populations.

We also specialize in Aquatic Therapy that is now located at the JCC. This unique therapy helps people who have pain exercising ‘on land’, and for those who have chronic back and neck pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, poor endurance, and balance and gait difficulties.

To schedule an appointment at the Center, please call 301-881-2273 or visit: www.proactionpt.com.

Senior Wellness

Hurwitz Internal Light Program for the Visually Impaired

The George and Tess Hurwitz Internal Light Program offers education and information for visually impaired older adults. Topics include daily living skills, aids and appliances, the latest research on vision and eye diseases, and peer support. The group meets the second Monday of each month. For more information, contact Debbie Sokobin at 301-348-3760 or dsokobin@benderjccgw.org.

Interested in learning more about the JCC’s wellness programs and activities? Contact us!