Doctors of Chiropractic Donald MacKenzie and Ursula Adkins represent two generations of Palmer College of Chiropractic alumni—Dr. MacKenzie graduated from the school in 1974 and Dr. Adkins graduated in 2012. Together, they help align spines at Altoona Chiropractic Center with an array of advanced and traditional adjustment techniques, including Activator devices, Thompson Drop tables, and applied kinesiology. And their service menu isn’t just limited to adjustments. The doctors bolster their care with a slew of treatments and therapies that ranges from acupuncture and massages with licensed massage therapist Terra Stegall to ultrasound therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique therapy, and cryotherapy. All treatments are administered with the goal of improving patients’ overall health in order to prevent injury and illness and ensure their eligibility for the next season of The Amazing Race.
Since its humble beginnings in 1935 as a small health-food store that specialized in yogurt, GNC has evolved into the world's largest specialty retailer of nutritional products. The chain's more than 4,800 retail locations throughout the country stock numerous vitamins and supplements, all of which meet the company's strict standards for truthful labeling, ingredient safety, and product potency. They carry supplements that aid in sports nutrition, protein intake, diet, digestion, and beauty. Equally as dedicated to customers' shopping experiences as it is to product quality, the company created GNC University, an online learning platform, to help staff members bone up on nutrition and fitness knowledge. The knowledgeable sales associates field questions about everything from weight-management plans to stacking supplements for optimum earlobe strength. GNC Ankeny is located in front of Super Target.
Gigi’s Pilates Studio & Personal Training is a fully equipped and STOTT PILATES–licensed training center with a curriculum designed to firm and tone the physique. Co-owners Gigi and Rodney Filer have trained a bevy of exercisers using the STOTT method, including The Biggest Loser’s Season 8 at-home winner Rebecca Meyer, who now works as a certified trainer at Gigi’s Pilates Studio with fellow Biggest Loser contestant Daniel Wright. The STOTT PILATES method works out the kinks in misdirected spines while strengthening muscles and developing flexibility. Opt to take four introductory personal training sessions or four introductory STOTT PILATES equipment training sessions, or opt for both. Workouts are customized to suit each guest's unique needs and goals, letting them experience first-hand how a personal trainer motivates way better than a treadmill with eyes drawn on it.
Dianne Schossow knows pain. After a head injury and seven surgeries, she was bedridden for 12 years. But through physical therapy, she overcame her health problems. Now, she strives to alleviate the pain of others through massage therapy. As the owner and practitioner of Different Strokes Massage & Training Center, she reinvigorates clients with Swedish, deep-tissue, hot-stone, and aromatherapy massages. Through these modalities, Dianne mitigates chronic pain, increases circulation, and stretches muscles. As a complement to her massages, clients can add body wraps.
The health pros at Absolute Body Cleanse And Detox use a variety of methods to purify a body that’s been tainted with toxins. Footbaths rely on ionic energy to draw substances such as heavy metal or yeast out through the pores, while nutritional supplements can promote cleansing of the digestive tracts and organ systems. The herbal body wrap also helps to detox, while slimming and toning. The use of the Compass biofeedback system offers insight into what areas of function might be lacking and how they might be remedied.
Within her airy space highlighted by bright-green walls, Laura Davenport goes about the business of relaxation. This dually licensed expert draws on massage therapy degrees from La' James International College and Body Wisdom, as well as an esthetics degree from Iowa School of Beauty. Laura skillfully treats weary bods to on-site services such as massages, full-body exfoliation, waxing, and seaweed wraps. She also beautifies visages with mineral makeup applications and facials powered by professional products.
Balanced Nutrition & Tea Store stocks its shelves with more than 75 teas and supplements to nourish the bodies and souls of health gurus and thoughtful gift givers. Red teas, including Get Clean, Get Relief, and Get Charged, insist that taste receptors follow commands and listen to their mothers. Well-traveled taste buds can roam the aromatic Republic of Chai or mull the spearmint undertones in Moroccan mint, and raw-green-mango, chili, and black-currant organic teas boast the zest of fresh-picked produce. More than a dozen brand-name vitamins and supplements flex invitingly amid the sea of teas, challenging customers to sample their beneficial properties.