A board-certified practitioner and longtime devotee of holistic healthcare, Lisa James understands the body as an interconnected organism that can’t always be treated with symptom-specific remedies. That’s why she uses techniques such as Japanese reiki and Chinese reflexology to alleviate mental anxiety and physical stress all at once. Aided by aromatherapy and herbal supplements, Lisa’s methods may help restore the body’s balance and ease obstructions that can develop into physical illness if left unchecked. Not just a healer, Lisa is also an educator. In group classes, she teaches students about the art and science behind reiki, a treatment designed to coax more juice out of the lithium batteries that power the body’s various muscle groups.
After receiving her BDS and DDS at the University of Illinois, Dr. Thakkar of Belvidere Dental Designs went on to receive training in orthodontics and implant restoration. Drawing on this training, she helms a team of dedicated dental professionals who provide comprehensive exams, remove plaque and tartar, create gleaming smiles, and much more. Belvidere Dental Designs provides general dentistry for all ages. They help patients relax using high-tech Wand anesthesia—a local anesthesia administered via computer.
At GL Dance Fitness, working out is often a form of cross-cultural exchange. As Latin-inspired music from around the globe reverberates in the studio, instructors lead students through high-energy dance moves that draw inspiration from salsa, belly dancing, and merengue. Specialty classes tweak the formula, slowing things down a bit during Zumba Gold, adding a strength-building element with small weights during Zumba Toning, and introducing students to man’s first best friend—the chair—during Zumba Sentao. Kids also get their groove on during six-week Zumbatomic sessions that utilize tot-appropriate beats to boost metabolisms and encourage the confidence necessary to excel on math tests and beat back bullies with nothing more than a perfectly executed musical number.
Between the dark, black walls at The Lazer Maze, green beams of light stretch from one wall to another, striking anyone willing to venture through their neon labyrinth. Levels of difficulty vary as beginners and pros nimbly crouch, tumble, and Macarena over and under laser beams, trying to beat the best time. The staff also equips a 3000-square-foot party room with party lighting, music, fog, and bubbles for birthday parties and other social events.
Tyler Fagan founded Rockford Fitness with the goal of fostering a welcoming environment focused on his members' results rather than just generating memberships. He and his devoted team of personal trainers work to build a community of support and camaraderie, motivating patrons to get in shape with fitness routines that suit each of their needs and goals, from trimming excess pounds to increasing strength in day-to-day activities, such as walking up stairs and lifting boxes of sumo wrestlers. Eschewing rows of treadmills and gym machines, Rockford Fitness is stocked with ropes, pull-up bars, suspension equipment, and kettlebells for varied fitness regimens. Inspiring clients to sweat and build muscle with this equipment, the trainers develop a custom total-body workout based on functional movements to restore range of motion in joints and strengthen core muscle groups.
The professional photographers at Target Portrait Studios capture paramount moments in premier lighting with high-tech digital cameras and a choice of vivid background images. After clients discuss pose preferences with their portraitist, subjects take the stage for approximately 10 minutes of flashing bulbs, bright smiles, and focused lenses. Clients are welcome to bring props and shadow puppets from home, and after choosing a background, they can further customize each image with one of the studio's props, if desired.