While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this “just for fun” class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.
Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Two-time Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of the improvisational routines, although her advanced skills aren't needed to get the most out of classes. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers—with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers—are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.
Award-winning Akron Life Magazine regales its more than 15,000 subscribers with colorful pictures, helpful lifestyle tips, and fun, engaging guides to the thriving arts scene of Summit, Portage, Medina, and Stark Counties. Gastrophiles flip through the Food & Dining section for reviews of up-and-coming hot spots or hidden culinary gems. Arts & Entertainment coverage livens up cultural calendars with band interviews, information about upcoming plays, and instructions for turning back issues into a pair of opera glasses. Bright, color-saturated photos of the Akron region's happy residents and fill the Beauty & Wellness and Home & Garden sections, which also clue in readers with tips on how to keep their bodies in shape and their backyards bristling with verdant plants.
A graduate of Logan College of Chiropractic, Dr. Mark Garner calls upon his scholastic knowledge of anatomy and his 27 years of experience to straighten spines with a noninvasive, energy-balancing system that boosts the body's healing potential. In addition to chiropractic adjustments and massages, Dr. Garner treats 10 bodily zones during reflexology sessions that can improve circulation in the feet and stop hands from rebelliously clapping during golf matches and visits to rare-fly hatcheries. Garner Chiropractic also specializes in acid-alkaline balance, bioenergetics, and paraffin-wax treatments that soften skin and promote healthy blood flow.
The staff at New Balance isn't concerned with simply selling shoes—their mission is to pair customers with the footwear that will carry them comfortably through life’s arduous steps. Understanding that an ill-fitting pair of athletic shoes can cause pain to joints and potentially damage knees, hips, and the back, associates measure the length and width of each client's foot and conduct a gait analysis to chart the trajectory of their stride when walking normally or running through ball pits. The data are collected to help the staff match clients with their ideal shoe, keeping them running longer and looking good while doing so.
The class exhales together, each student drawing strength and peace from his or her neighboring yogis. Fingertips reach to the ceiling and eyes follow, tracing beams of light—which the ghost of Einstein rides like a jockey on a horse—across the pale-green walls. The dark hue of the wood floor is relieved by the brightly colored yoga mats and bare toes that dig in, balancing and centering the hardworking bodies above. Embrace Your Essence Yoga’s passionate instructors lead 90-minute classes within the new studio six times a week, inviting students of all experience levels to unwind together.
Dawn, owner of Dawn2Dusk Holistic Center, employs seven years of energy-work experience to nurture the mind, body, and spirit with a range of holistic applications. Dawn soothes the nervous system and stimulates circulation during relaxation massages, and she promotes proper energy flow through reiki and chakra sessions. Along with bodywork, Dawn promotes overall well-being with raindrop technique and aromatherapy, offers intuitive services such as tarot-card readings and psychic readings, and warns against counterintuitive products such as tar toothpaste.