The trainers at Anthony Ferraro Fitness Training understand that everyone's fitness goals differ. That's why they get to know each client they train by first conducting a thorough BMI analysis and consultation—both of which are included with the personal-training session. The trainer then designs an effective fitness plan based on the results of the BMI and the client's personal goals.
When Martha Millan says, "Beauty shouldn't hurt," she's not peddling a slogan—her first job in the beauty industry literally caused her pain. Working at an upscale salon, her exposure to common hair and makeup products triggered hives and headaches. While searching for more natural goods for personal use, her research revealed unsettling truths about many industry product lines that often use irritating perfumes to mask the underlying odors of harsh chemicals. Feeling that everyone should have the opportunity to look beautiful without fear of harming health, she bought a salon and transformed it into Salon O Day Spa.
Amid Salon O Day's industrial decor, Millan and her team of stylists, aestheticians, and a massage therapist use products so natural that some are even edible, though Millan imagines the taste would leave something to be desired: barbecue sauce. Among the array of certified-organic, not-tested-on-animals, gluten- and chemical-free products, Millan's favorites include Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare, developed by an American physician who advocates against overexfoliation. For hair, stylists use products from lines including Surface Hair and Organic Color Systems, and during nail services, technicians use natural products from SpaRitual in tandem with scrubs made in-house from ingredients bought at a local co-op.
At Dharma Yoga?s recently erected, 2,400-square-foot studio, flickering candlelight gives the earth-tone hues and gleaming hardwood floors an inviting glow. Like stumbling into a lounge-singer convention, the studio?s comforting vibes relax the mind with calming music as the band of certified instructors gently guides students of all experience levels through a series of healing physical postures. Though classes vary in style?ranging from vigorous early-bird Vinyasa flow to relaxing end-of-day Dharma nightcaps?each session explores traditional Indian yoga and Buddhist practices, referring to itself as an "awareness-based mindfulness and relaxation practice." Between the original Dharma Yoga and the new Dharma Yoga East Side, students can choose from 50 weekly classes, held throughout the day.
In the course of more than a decade of teaching and practicing yoga, Dharma Yoga founder Keith Kachtick, an Austin native, has served as the senior instructor with the Lineage Project, a nonprofit that offers meditation and yoga practice to prisoners in the New York City area. Keith has also contributed his yogic philosophies to publications such as Yoga Journal, Newsweek, and the New York Times. His codirector, Camilla, has a master?s degree in social work and a background as a clinical therapist. These experiences fuel her nurturing teaching style, especially in yoga-therapy sessions, which are designed to help to release physical, emotional, and mental tension.
Lady Bird Johnson, Rosalynn Carter, Henry Kissinger, and Walter Cronkite are just a few of the many distinguished individuals who've come in contact with massage therapist Inge-Lise Weber's experienced and well-traveled hands. After completing her massage training in her home country of Denmark, Inge-Lise moved south to Spain, where she used her skills and fluency in six languages to run a massage business with clients from across the world. She moved once again in 1976, but this time across the Atlantic to Austin, Texas. Since settling in the United States, Inge-Lise has spent two decades as Lady Bird Johnson's family's massage therapist, worked on various other prominent Americans, and added an assortment of energy-focused techniques to her repertoire. Today, clients of all levels of fame visit Inge-Lise for custom massages as well as clinical aromatherapy, Japanese reiki, and raindrop therapy, which combines essential oils and electrical frequency to help bodies achieve balance and minds heal from unrequited love for the weatherman.
Altering someone's appearance requires an intuitive, artistic understanding of the human figure as well as an extensive amount of medical training. At Personique, Drs. Robert Ersek, Randy Buckspan, and James Sheridan?board-certified plastic surgeons who have collectively treated more than 50,000 patients?embrace both aspects of their chosen calling. Their procedures combine equal parts art and science as they use advanced surgical techniques to contour waistlines, reshape features, reconstruct damaged areas, and help give patients the new look that they desire. As opposed to other medical centers, Personique exclusively uses local anesthesia with intravenous sedation, which provides a more comfortable experience without the potential complications of general anesthesia.
Personique's staff of medical professionals, technicians, and aestheticians also offer nonsurgical alternatives that still strive to create more dramatic results than typical spa treatments. These procedures incorporate cutting-edge technologies as well as clinical-strength skincare products, such as those by Vivit? and Epionce. Cosmetic laser systems help remove unwanted stubble or improve skin tone, IPL technology can minimize the appearance of age spots and hyperpigmentation, and noninvasive liposuction alternatives help patients banish stubborn areas of fatty tissues. Additionally, the staff members perform a variety of specialized chemical peels that can accomplish a range of goals, from unclogging pores and treating acne breakouts to leaving the skin looking as youthfully radiant as a car's first pair of turn signals.
Dr. Erica D. McConley's meticulous attention to detail, combined with her innate sense of compassion, garnered her a coveted Dean’s Leadership Award at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Now, at Central Park Dental, she and her staff emphasize patient interaction and feedback, believing that trust and communication set patients at ease. To further build a sense of trust, Dr. McConley outfits her office with up-to-date dental technology designed to keep patients safe while providing accurate diagnoses. Intraoral cameras espy cavities and decay in the mouth’s furthest nooks and crannies. Digital x-rays reveal the hidden goings-on inside bone and teeth while reducing the radiation and nostalgia emitted by traditional x-rays by up to 90%.