Lark Dunham, a member of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, puts her trained hands to work relieving the pain and stress of the clients who come to her massage table. Since graduating from massage school five years ago, Lark has been shooing away various types of aches in 30- and 60-minute increments—one minute for each massage Napoleon made his aide-de-camp give him every day. Though skilled in different types of massage, she specializes in relaxing Swedish massage treatments that can help stimulate blood flow and lymph drainage.
Massage therapist Megan Smith pays careful attention to her clients' ailments and cossets each sinew with tailored techniques. After consulting with clients about their most problematic areas and least problematic knock-knock jokes, Megan goes to work, leveraging a variety of massage modalities, such as deep tissue, prenatal, lymphatic drainage, and reflexology.
Ames British Foods was originally started to sate the comfort-food cravings of Iowa State’s expats, but it didn't take much time for owner Marcus to discover he had a native fan base as well. His new restaurant—The Chip Shop—serves up traditional fare from across the pond in a friendly setting that encourages relaxing over a plate of fish ’n’ chips or starting a game of cribbage. Customers can also shop Ames British Foods in downtown Ames for imported British biscuits, chocolate, and other UK-leaning groceries, and enjoy a free cup of tea offered by a friendly staff member or that overly friendly regular customer.
Since 1993, the family-owned EyeMart Optical Outlet's goal has been to furnish central Iowans with affordable eyewear. The eye boutique spans nine locations and its inventory of basic and designer frames presents stylish options for all face structures. Optometrists at each location furnish their patients with prescriptions that can be quickly traded for single-vision or progressive lenses with protective coatings and lasers.
Farrell’s eXtreme Body Shaping helps clients of all ages, lifestyles, gender, and athletic ability achieve their fitness goals through results-orientated training. Long-time taekwondo competitor and teacher Lance Farrell developed the program to combat obesity and assist people develop healthy lifestyle habits by incorporating the fat-burning, strengthening and endurance building aspects of competitive martial arts training into a course for those less interested in traditional sparring or contact drills. During 45-minute sessions hosted six days a week, Farrell uses fitness as a catalyst for improving overall health, wellness, and athletic abilities. A 10-week program can result in visible changes sparked by discipline and nutritional commitment.
Goals in Motion Fitness Studios challenges students of any fitness level to push the boundaries of their exercise comfort zones via supportive group classes and nutritional education. The 5,500-square-foot studio accommodates up to 70–80 students per class. The studio offers a variety of classes including strength-training, kickboxing, yoga, Zumba, circuit-training, and power 45 high-intensity workouts and the trainers include modification in each class to ensure each participant is always hot on the heels of their physical-possibilities frontier. For a longer-term challenge, students can enroll in a nine-week challenge program.
The Goals in Motion program imparts the value of a positive attitude while emphasizing a lifestyle of balanced eating with regulated carbs, lean protein, and healthy fats over short-term diet fads, and supplements. The founders of Goals In Motion, Mardi Pfannebecker and Sandy Hafner, strive to maintain the studio's family-like atmosphere and even work out among members. Both owners graduated from Iowa State University, Mardi with a degree in exercise science and Sandy with a degree in business.