In 2008, husband and wife Jason and Shanon Rabon saw something was missing from their native city of Charlotte. People who wanted a more brilliant smile to display during dates, weddings, or long commutes couldn't gain one with ease. Usually, whitening one’s teeth requires an expensive visit to the dentist to brighten smiles with a combination of hydrogen-peroxide gel and LED light. Jason and Shanon offer an alternative at their seven Whiten My Smile Now locations, which provide the same treatment at a far lower cost. It’s a convenience that has rapidly ascended in popularity: around 15,000 clients seek out the service each year.
During visits, a technician thoroughly explains the procedure and holds up a mirror while the client brushes the whitening gel directly onto their teeth. This brush-delivery method delves deep into the cracks and nooks of the teeth to evenly lift out discoloration and stains. With gel applied, clients relax in a private area under the LED light for approximately 15 minutes. Afterwards, they can check how many shades teeth have brightened by comparing their smiles to a whitening chart.
Host of the PGA’s Wyndham Championship from 1977 to 2007, Proehlific Club at Forest Oaks's private course incorporates natural elements such as looming trees and severely sloping hills with manmade sand traps and water obstacles, challenging beginning and experienced golfers alike. Opened in 1962, the terrain was renovated in 2002 after the renowned Love Golf Design group reached out to professional golfers to find out what makes an ideal course. The main improvement, helmed by Davis Love III, was the resprigging of the fairway with bermuda grass, a strain of turf that can handle extreme temperature changes, and a redesign of the new greens. The course was featured on the PGA for over 30 years, and was enjoyed by Davis Love III as well as Rocco Mediate and many other professionals. While the golf course is the main attraction, the club also houses a pro shop, a 25-yard professional-size swimming pool, tennis courts, and a restaurant.
Motivations Fitness’s owner, Jameel McGregor, has earned the nickname the Reverend of Fitness for his view of the body as a temple. He and his team of certified professionals deliver their fitness sermons at a 700-square-foot studio outfitted with colorful stability balls, punching bags, and equipment such as the Smith machine, which encourages proper squat form. The studio’s signature five-component program—a cocktail of cardio and resistance training, supplements, meal planning, and professional guidance—draws on the latest fitness research to efficiently condition physiques. The Boxing Fitness Bootcamp Academy hones fighting prowess with core training, shadowboxing, and sparring rounds with a couple life-size Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots. In an effort to bolster public health, the gym’s nonprofit Move2Lose Foundation raises awareness of fitness’s importance in the surrounding community.
If the floorboards at Nan's School of Dance could talk, they would speak kindly of the tapping toes and pointed feet that have graced their surfaces for more than 30 years. In 1975, owner Nan Smith began teaching students in Yadkinville and later opened a dance studio in Greensboro in 1982. Twenty years later, Nan passed the torch and ancient family sweat towel to her oldest daughter, Jennifer Grinwis, who runs the studio with the same passion for teaching dance and instilling self-discipline, poise, and self-esteem.
Talented dance instructors lead students of all age levels in disciplines such as ballet, jazz, tap, and hip-hop. Patrons can also sign up to for a Kenpo karate class with resident martial-arts guru Mike Carr or get hips swinging and calories spontaneously combusting with Zumba classes infused with Latin dance moves.
Dr. Robert M. Young believes in comfort almost as much as he believes in healthy smiles. At Brassfield Cosmetic & Family Dental Center, he surrounds guests with homey touches: hardwood accents, overstuffed couches in the waiting room, antique furniture and pastoral paintings, and video-game systems set up and waiting to play. Such comforts even follow guests into the treatment rooms, where personal TVs hang over the chairs so that patients can watch their favorite shows while the doctor and his staff fix crooked, cracked, and stained teeth. Yet even though the decor is domestic, the equipment is anything but. Dr. Young can peer into the hidden spaces above and below the gum line with digital x-rays, cover teeth with custom veneers, and obliterate stains caused from mistaking a highlighter for a toothbrush with an in-office whitening system.
The practitioners at Artists in Motion Massage Therapy see massage as more than a means of relaxation—they see it as a physical medicine that can help people heal and overcome chronic pain. Using Swedish massage as their baseline approach, they customize treatments by drawing upon tools from hot bamboo to infrared-sauna therapy, which eases conditions such as arthritis, adhesions, and being encased in ice by heating the body internally. For clients who would benefit from more in-depth structural alignment, therapists can refer them to Artists in Motion's resident neuromuscular chiropractic physician. Through this meticulous attention to each patient's ailments, therapists uphold the standards of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals.
Brett Ray has an impressive fitness résumé: under certifications he lists boot camp instructor and personal trainer, his work experience includes his time as a competitive bodybuilder, and his achievements boast of his martial-arts skills. Needless to say, he’s fully qualified to oversee the operations and staff of Greensboro Adventure Boot Camp for Women. His instructors devise workouts that blend strength training with proper nutrition and motivational support. Meeting at various locations, Ray’s workouts sweat through exercises that range from sport yoga and strength training to fitness kickboxing, obstacle courses, Pilates, sport drills, and short-distance running.
Discover a picturesque resort nestled among 1500 acres of oak pine and dogwood covered hills. Designed in a european style the resort makes a remarkable impression rising above the north carolina foothills. Grandover is the perfect location with exquisite guest rooms a full complement of exciting recreational activities and uncompromising service. Relax your mind tone your body and revitalize your spirit in the soothing spa at grandover. Pamper yourself in the sauna and steam rooms and enjoy soothing massages and european style facials. Enjoy tennis racquetball whirlpool indoor/outdoor pool and a state of the art fitness center.
Founder Patrick Willard keeps the gym open to everyone and leads a team of nationally certified fitness experts to teach everything from Zumba to martial arts and yoga. Trainers motivate clients during small-group boot camps, swift 30-minute circuit-training classes, or one-on-one training sessions. Nutrition seminars supplement the sweating by preventing budding bodybuilders from undermining their gains by falling prey to unhealthy diets of cement sandwiches.
Helmed by Dr. Kevin Davis, Magnolia Specific Chiropractic ushers in chiropractic care and customized weight-loss programs. Guided by the center's digital paraspinal imaging system, which gives him a detailed view of the nervous system and any unwanted subluxations, Dr. Kevin Davis adjusts vertebrae and alleviates pressure placed on the spinal cord and nerves. Dr. Kevin Davis guides patients through personalized wellness plans that emphasize exercising, nutritional education, and avoiding hardball.
As the biggest, deepest mystery on earth, the ocean offers nearly endless opportunities for exploration—if only humans could breathe underwater. That's where North American Divers Company comes in, both training students and leading expeditions to exotic destinations ranging from the Caribbean to the neighbor's koi pond. Classes are available for divers ranging from beginners hoping to get acquainted with diving and equipment to advanced divers seeking expert certifications.
Certified CrossFit coaches help clients get into better shape through exercises based in functional movements, as well as encouraging a healthy diet that eliminates sugar and minimizes starch. Workouts include a mix-and-match of power lifts, pull-ups, push-ups, rope climbs, and jumps. Coaches maximize results by using giant tires, sand bags, and other devices that keep muscles on their toes.
Joel Tull’s experienced hands have massaged the knots out of professional dancers from the New York City Ballet and athletes at the Sydney Olympics. He sets up shop inside a cozy room with plenty of potted plants, and a fireplace that can be lit upon request. Joel’s vast knowledge in massage therapy is shared with the masses during workshops across the country and in Russia, Italy, Australia, and Mars.
Within the aquatic wing of The Club at Oak Branch's upscale fitness center, trained coaches preside over gaggles of youngsters, who emit gleeful shrieks as they paddle with increasing confidence. Forty-five-minute youth classes are broken down into 30 minutes of liquid lessons followed by a 15-minute practice and free swim that flaunt the joys of watery pursuits like Jacques Cousteau's toy chest. Classes for pint-size aquanauts cover various skill levels, with Toddler 2's sessions that delight diminutive water bugs 18–36 months old in a 20-minute class conducted sans parent. Toddler 3's courses take on pupils who can swim to the instructor and back to the wall unassisted, and the all-comers Rainbow class forges fearless divers from firmly landlubbed beginners with absolutely no experience. Infants make Olympics-worthy swimming debuts at Tiny Splash, a child-and-parent group class for kiddos age 3 months and older.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.