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Aradia Fitness founders Christine Boyer and Tracy Gray used to cart a portable pole to different gyms in Tracy's Dodge Neon. Though acquaintances scoffed at their idea of teaching pole dance to inspire confidence and build muscle, the duo was determined to make the art available to everyday women. Thankfully, they had the business expertise and exercise know-how to back up their venture: Christina, a Pilates and yoga instructor, stood by pole fitness as a full-body conditioning method, and Tracy's experience as a figure skater and fitness instructor brought pizzazz to the routines. The pair's classes quickly sold out wherever that Dodge Neon went.
They've come a long way since then, having been featured in Canadian Business and Elle for their growing pole-fitness franchise. At Aradia Fitness studios throughout North America, guests of all backgrounds can practice the empowering pole spins, cardio dance steps, and stiletto heel swordplay of Christine and Tracy's curriculum. Every class and private party strives to connect pupils with their sensual side, bringing self-esteem and sinuous moves to spotlight.
Designed by Canadian course architect Les Furber, Kelowna Springs Golf Club’s 18-hole course invites clubbers to hunt pins across 6,176 yards of connecting fairways and greens. Seven ponds come into play throughout the round, adding a scenic touch as they wait to take the lives of golf balls that depend on inhaling oxygen through their dimples. The 501-yard, par 5 18th hole provides a dramatic conclusion to the round, as golfers play to a green framed by the clubhouse, protected by three cavernous bunkers, and flanked by a pond on its left side. After rounds, duffers can unwind at Legends Classic Grill, where a menu of savoury clubhouse fare sates ravenous hungers built up after a day of driving balls into the cosmos and suppressing unhappy swing thoughts.
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At DanceWorx, competitive dancer and instructor Debra Selzler teaches an everyman approach to dancing—her steps are suited to all body types and can be altered to accommodate dancers of all experience levels. She teaches more than 15 genres of dance, from ballroom to country to swing, in weekly classes that stand alone as self-contained routines. Her classes are very social; attendance is split almost evenly between couples and singles, so partners rotate frequently to give everyone a chance to cut a rug. During classes and dance parties, students whirl across the dance floor with partners of varying skill levels, leading and following styles, and number of left feet cast in lead. The dance parties give pupils a chance to show off their freshly learned moves and in a nightclub setting while learning from others before taking their twinkle toes to upcoming weddings or nights out on the town. For students who want to try a little bit of everything, she leads an all-day Discover Dance program, which introduces fancy feet to five dance styles in 45-minute snippets.
Michaelbrook Ranch Golf Course unspools in the Okanagan Valley, inviting players to tee off against a backdrop of mountains and wine vineyards. Measuring 3,799 yards from the back tees, the par-63 executive course is relatively diminutive in stature but outfitted with hazards such as water on four holes, troublesome rough, and the threat of interference from lost sommeliers. The distinctive 18th hole boasts two greens—one an island and one safely inland—each of which may be in play on any given day. After sinking your last putt, head over to the Brook Bar and Grill for a post-round meal and celebratory drinks.
Dr. Specs Optical was founded in Kelowna in 1987 to offer patients exquisitely crafted lenses at prices they could afford. Today at the high-tech optical lab under new ownership, skilled technicians continue to churn out perfectly formed lenses in as little as one hour, with varieties ranging from simple uncoated prescriptions to polarized Drivewear lenses. The knowledgeable and friendly staff helps clients select from more than 1,000 varieties of frames, including many new lines, and make recommendations based on face shape, lifestyle, and probability of being mistaken for a professor.
Dr. Specs give back to the surrounding community by donating eyeglasses once a year to churches, Rotary Clubs, and hospitals. During mission trips, the team helps disadvantaged communities live fuller, happier, and easier lives by supplying them with prescription glasses.
HealthPoint Laser Clinic's health-care professionals want nothing more than to help each client live a "fully juicy life." When he's not scaling a mountainside or studying quantum mechanics, company president Scott Fader wields low-level lasers to help patients pursue their interests without pain. He heals ailments with light- and touch-based services, such as smoking cessation services and pain relief. Certified clinicians complements Fader's expertise with in-depth knowledge of cellular biology. By stimulating proteins within the skin's dermal layer, staff reverses signs of aging and gives complexions a second chance at being carded. Former model with more than 20 years of experience in fashion and television makeup, Tara Graves expertly applies cosmetics to smooth skin and make clients appear younger.
Whether students want to tone their muscles, learn self-defense, or simply compete in martial arts, Pacific Top Team Kelowna is there for them. Brazilian jiujitsu classes help students in all three areas, whereas Future Champion kids' classes focus on building the values every athlete needs, including self-discipline, cooperation, and respect.
Women's only kickboxing and self-defense classes also build self-confidence, and they empower women by teaching them how to fend off an attacker. The classes rely on techniques from kickboxing, boxing, and jiujitsu, and often have a party-like atmosphere complete with pounding music and balloon animals.
During muay thai classes, instructor and world muay thai champion Adolfo Lozano teaches students the crucial eight points of contact—the two hands, elbows, knees, and shins. This class is designed to push bodies to their limits.
With more than 40 years of yogic practice between them, Sonya and Jeff Thomlinson teach the methodologies of Kripalu yoga, which focuses equally on physical and meditative elements. Together, they run Trinity Yoga Center's teacher-training program, sharing the lessons they learned from many internationally recognized yogis such as Stephen Cope, Ana Forrest, and Shiva Rea. During daily classes at Trinity’s two locations, the teachers, in turn, reach out to beginning practitioners, aiding them in achieving perfect postures even as they reflect inward. Individual sessions focus on aspects of yoga such as core power, stress reduction, and candlelit meditation. Students leave class with calmer, more focused minds and increased levels of energy that occasionally result in them sneezing lightning bolts.
Like painters with a palate of numerous colours, the estheticians and technicians at Okanagan Lipo Laser & Spa nurture their clients' outer beauty with a myriad of cosmetic treatments. Brandishing serums enriched with vitamin C, ginkgo biloba, and aloe vera, staff members help soothe skin while bolstering its elasticity and vibrancy. Laser systems calibrated to specific frequencies aim to perform a variety of tasks, such as contouring the torso and hips, stimulating collagen production, and eliminating poltergeists hiding behind clients' ears. Technicians also utilize stand up tanning booths, an infrared sauna, a vibration machine, ionic footbaths, and light-driven teeth-whitening systems to further tune-up appearances.
At Lake Country Cycle Ltd., bicycle lover Cameron Donald pours his energy into providing a host of bike services. Using skills acquired at the Winterborne Bicycle Institute in Guelph, where he obtained his professional bicycle mechanic certificate, the shop offers everything from standard tune-ups to full bicycle rebuilds. Lake Country Cycle Ltd. also lubes chains, adjusts bearings, and even custom-builds new wheels for cyclists who thought a roll through the brier patch sounded lovely. If customers require a new ride, the staffers help them choose road, mountain, and kids bicycles from manufacturers including Scott and Louis Garneau.
Laser Health Centre's certified beam-wielders lasers in rejuvenating cosmetic procedures, drug-free pain relief, and behavioural-modification regimens for substance abuse and smoking cessation. Staff members customize treatments to suit each patient, and in-office laser therapy may be reinforced by take-home nutritional supplements. An exclusive diet plan paired with laser therapy tackles weight-loss goals, and light-based medicine enhances the mind-soothing stress-relief program.
Inside Venus Eye Boutique's space, marked by sleek displays and dark-wood panelling, customers peruse a large selection of 100 per cent Canadian-designed eyewear from the boutique's eponymous line of frames. Men, women, and children can find new, attractive eyewear in the store, and staff educates each patron on frame and lens type to ensure perfectly fitted and functioning sight.
At Freeride Boardshop we strive to provide the best products and service found anywhere. Our motto, Riding with you since 2002 is what we try to live up to daily. With three locations in British Columbia’s Okanagan valley, we have been committed to providing our customers with the best shopping experience possible.
At Shen Ti Therapy, acupressurist and reflexologist Chad Genereux soothes weary muscles using trigger-point release therapy. In two 30-minute sessions, Genereux applies precise levels of pressure to strategic trigger points in the neck and shoulders, encouraging a release of pent-up muscle tension. Commonly caused by everyday activities such as typing, driving, and armoire juggling, trigger points are taut spots in the myofascial layer surrounding muscles, tendons, and joint capsules that develop as muscles repeatedly tighten as an unconscious defense against stress. Trigger-point therapy can improve a multitude of ailments, including body aches and postural problems, and may even help conditions such as arthritis, ulcers, and Dutch elm disease. Patients also receive home-care instructions to enhance the therapy at an accelerated rate.
Mission Yoga’s friendly, enthusiastic instructors are fully certified and know how to help students sweat and stretch until they're calmer, more energized, and more revitalized than when they entered the peaceful studio. With 50- to 90-minute classes scheduled Monday through Saturday, pliable plebes and elastic experts alike can find the time and session suited to them. For students new to yoga, this is a great chance to learn the downward dog, upward dog, and the omniscient narrator. Yoga stretches muscles, relieving stiffness and pain; it also increases flexibility and strength (deep core muscles support each pose), which will improve range of motion, balance, and posture, all vital to moving up in the corporate world, seeing over the steering wheel, and slicing your morning bagel.