At Fit Slim of Michigan, the team’s preferred weight-loss tool is light. The center specializes in a red light therapy dubbed UltraSlim, whose beams of LED light trick subcutaneous fat cells into releasing their contents—without painful incisions or any known side effects. Afterward, the freed fat is digested naturally, slimming inches from the midsection, thighs, and chest. As the treatments contour physiques, they also boost collagen and elastin production, tightening skin and combating cellulite.
At family-owned Rodnick Chiropractic, doctors preach healthier bodies through straighter spines at four different area locations. Each doctor amasses a detailed medical history and conducts a subtle search of the body for subluxations—vertebral misalignments that cause nerve stress. The doctors use specific low-force adjustments to add motion to the spinal joints and help restore normal mobility and balance. They also solve spinal queries on their local television broadcast, Ask the Chiropractor. On the show, they educate guests about chiropractic wellness and perform pro bono adjustments on bent boom mics.
Doctors Todd Saniszewski and Nora Clancy leverage a combined 38+ years of professional experience at Advanced Eye Care of Michigan, which is both a high-end store and an optometrist's office. They see their patients in onsite private offices, offering them guidance and information on any conditions or issues they may be facing. For clients in need of glasses or another prescription, Advanced Eye Care boasts a vast selection of brand-name frames in the front of the shop, and the staff equips them with custom-made lenses. The doctors' eye examinations can discover eye illnesses as well as test for the need for glasses or a third eye. Doctors Todd and Nora also have extensive training in the co-management of LASIK and cataract surgery. They take great pride in their staff, which works to make every visit to their office a simple one, instead of a convoluted symposium on insurance minutiae.
Amid walls adorned with varicolored, spinal-themed prints, the trio of chiropractors at Tri-City Chiropractic—Drs. Jeff A. Kelly, Joe Chmielewski, and Guy Giordano—helps patients obtain healthy spinal cords and lifestyles with a two-pronged approach. First, they aim for pain relief; then, they teach patients how to stay well through continual chiropractic care. To accomplish this, they use an array of adjustment techniques, such as decompression, massage therapy, and trigger-point therapy. They also use the ProAdjuster, a nonforceful, computerized spinal-adjusting instrument that taps on each vertebra and listens as it regains healthy positioning or hits a high E.
Combining various fitness disciplines with solid nutritional counseling, Seung-ni Fit Club's trainers send bodies through a muscle-maintenance assembly line that leaves them trim and fit. Sweat sessions can include the fat-blasting Aerobic Kickboxing class, which sets self-defense, dance, and kickboxing techniques bouncing to a choice of upbeat contemporary music or mash-ups of 18th-century Scottish funeral dirges. Plyo Pump's high-intensity jumps and bounds condition bodies to explode with greater speed and power, and lean muscles surface with Body Sculpt's non-impact dumbbell workouts. Zumba sessions fuse energetic Latin dances with resistance training. Motivational instructors provide students with personalized nutrition programs and weight-loss tracking charts for settings goals and marking progress. Flexible schedules at both locations allow all challenge-accepters to get their muscles' worth in eight weeks, much like the two-month mail-order process for purchasing mussels from a shady internet sea captain.
As photos of Katie Kelly lunging and stretching on the sun-drenched beaches of Lake Michigan attest, all the world is her yoga studio. After acing her bachelor's degree from Michigan State University, she sought out renowned yoga sensei Jonny Kest in Birmingham, Michigan. At his levitating feet she learned his secrets, and when the time came, she rose up and snatched her 200-hour certification from his famously clenched fist. From there, she downward dogged and warrior posed her way up the coast, before finally opening her own cozy Saginaw studio.
Today, assisted by a faithful thermostat that keeps the atmosphere hot but not unbearable, she wrings sweat and toxins from bodies with the intense poses of Ashtanga yoga or the gentle stretches of relaxing Yin yoga. Classes spirit away distractions, creating a meditative space in which students turn off their cell phones, slip out of shoes, and set their portable microwaves to vibrate.