During Couples Massage Class sessions, one instructor coaches five misty-eyed duos as they deliver easily mastered, Swedish-inspired strokes to their paramours. Teachers demonstrate beginner massage sequences from neck to toe before two-hour classes commence in a room ringed with mirrors, flickering candlelight, and soothing Norah Jones vocals. Clad in comfy, loose-fitting clothing, pupils de-stress while their fingers glide with provided oils and creams in an effort to fully soothe. Couples gain insight usually reserved for massage therapists and competitive jugglers, including how to keep hands moving without suffering from fatigue. Enlightened students leave with a handout that sums up all of the massage techniques necessary to easily reenact relaxation sessions at home.
Pilates Plus bolsters bodies using an intense combination of weight training and Pilates and the pressure-eliminating perks of the SPX ProFormer machine. Tapping into the traditional Pilates focus of proper alignment, concentrated breath, and precision, the Pilates Plus technique boosts endurance and revs up metabolism by aggressively working muscles to fatigue and ignoring their demands for squeeze cheese. Small group sizes and motivating exercise experts help to keep participants excited as they slash and burn excess body mass, and the reformer machine helps to alleviate stress on joints and the spine. Check out the full schedule and grab today's Groupon to mold muscles and cardio parts into finely sculpted bodythings.
If there was one person who could bring a dose of fun to the exercise studios of LA, it was Richard Simmons. The fitness mogul¬¬¬––known as much for his beaming smile and shock of red hair as for his 65 workout videos––began his journey to success with a difficult personal battle. When he graduated from high school, Simmons weighed 268 pounds. After struggling to lose the excess weight by trying nearly every fad diet he could find, he finally achieved results by adopting a lifestyle of exercise, moderate eating, and above all, balance. This personal victory inspired him to move to LA, where he was dismayed to discover that the health club culture catered only to those who were already fit. In 1974, he decided to take matters into his own hands and opened Slimmons, a fitness studio that welcomed people of every age, size, and lifestyle with open arms and unconditional love. After almost four decades, the 64-year-old Simmons has helped overweight students lose more than 3,000,000 pounds, and still leads regular hour-long workouts at his Beverly Hills studio whenever he's in town. The regimen begins with a rhythmic warm up to get the heart pumping and stretches to loosen the muscles. That's when the music starts—current chart toppers and beloved oldies provide a pulsing soundtrack as students dance their hearts out, burning calories along the way. After some modest weight lifting and a few pushups and sit-ups, students leave the studio refreshed, energized, and with the confidence that they, too, can pull-off sequins.
In an interview with NPR Sergeant Derek Pacifico didn?t have any trouble listing common inaccuracies on TV cop shows. He pointed out that the officers never touch the crime scene, nor do the suspects often invoke the right to remain silent. The sergeant should know?as a 22-year vet of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, he?s worked on nearly 200 homicide investigations.
To help writers get their facts straight, Derek created Crime Writers Consultations. At his two-day Writers' Homicide School, adapted from curricula for actual homicide detectives, Derek covers everything from accurate interrogation techniques to authentic police dialogue. Derek also provides more individual assistance, consulting novelists and screenwriters over the phone to help them develop their fictions realistically. He even stops by TV and film sets to assist with particular scenes and to make sure the TV sheriffs' badge props are shiny enough.
Conrad Gallagher has many roles?television personality, restaurateur, and cookbook author, to name a few?but the same passion for cooking that he puts into each of these tasks garnered his restaurant a Michelin star when he was 24, making him the youngest starred chef at the time. He began his training in Ireland at the age of 12, when most other kids are too busy playing games or collecting seagull feathers. Conrad's persistent dedication paid off in the form of numerous awards and accomplishments, including preparing a St. Patrick's Day dinner for President Bill Clinton at the White House. These days, Conrad stretches his talents to other fields, such as menu planning and restaurant development. He also schools laymen in the kitchen with cooking lessons that focus on specific genres, including Italian, French, and seafood. Gift certificates are available for purchase.