Celebrating its 36th year as an official NCAA bowl game, the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl pits the Mountain West and ACC Conferences against one another in savage gridiron combat. Guests start out in December with an invitation to the bowl's announcement party, where they'll learn firsthand which teams will compete without having to rely on fallible testimony or free-floating horse mouths. On the day of the game, fans can skirt stadium congestion with shuttle passes, parking at the St. Vincent or Pierre Bossier malls and riding to the venue in style. Sideline-bench tickets ensure enviable views of the on-field heroics, which will be televised on ESPN. After the game, shuttles drive back to the mall, returning guests to their cars or homes in store-window displays.
Peek into Expressions Studio’s deep-red space, and you'll spy ladies of all stripes—cheerful friends trying something new, plucky mothers hoping to get into shape, and confident businesswomen seeking to let off some steam after work. The instructors welcome women of all ages and athletic ability into their private pole-dancing studio, where they offer classes and private instructional parties for beginners and seasoned dancers alike. They lead students through basic spins, climbs, and transitions before moving onto more difficult moves, such as tricky sit-ups where you use your elbows and graceful twirls where you must name 10 US presidents before your feet touch the floor. During Vertically Fit classes, they shift the focus of the lesson from erotic dancing to pole exercises that tone abs, legs, and arms. The instructors also offer open pole sessions, where students can utilize the studio's six stationary, professional-grade Lil' Mynx poles and three petite poles to practice moves on their own.
Licensed massage therapist Tammy Coggins works to fight stress and pain with deep-tissue, Swedish, and lymphatic-drainage massage techniques. Coggins performs additional modalities including craniosacral therapy, designed to lengthen and align the spine, and visceral manipulation, during which she applies soft force to the connective tissues.
Sharing studio space, Gorilla Fitness and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Shreveport/Bossier imparts different fitness techniques to its students, with the ultimate goal of students carrying their teachings into their everyday lives. Over on the Gorilla side of things, personal trainers instruct exercisers in one-on-one sessions. The trainers put emphasis on working out the whole body instead of just quickly prepping clients for slinky summerwear, including focusing on habits and lifestyle. They see the human body as a machine that needs to be reprogrammed in order to see lasting results. Meanwhile, students at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Shreveport/Bossier learn the Gracie style of martial arts, which gets bodies and minds to work together to affect change, just like a movie set in a high school gets rival cliques to work together to plan prom.
Fairfield Family Clinic's licensed medical doctor, Neil Halim, promotes well being with yearly checkups that prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases. At the beginning of the checkup, Dr. Halim will perform a complete blood count to screen for infection and anemia and ensure that each platelet has been paired with a swimming buddy. Next, a lipid panel reviews the patient's cholesterol levels and risk of heart attack, and a blood-pressure reading reveals high or low blood pressure. Checkups culminate in Chem 12 testing, which scans vital organs such as the heart and liver, making sure they're performing at optimal levels and still under warranty.
Shreveport Bossier Family Dental Care bolsters clients' oral health with standard and cosmetic dentistry. Mouth mechanics begin with a complete consultation and oral exam to check the mouth for disease, decay, gum damage, and overworked bicuspids. X-rays scan for minuscule cracks or huge cavities in toothy infrastructures, and the take-home teeth-whitening trays transform smiles from whitish to alabaster. Patients load transparent teeth trays with a similarly invisible whitening gel and wear the trays overnight or during daily activities that don't involve biting. Within one treatment, teeth will appear visibly whiter, with results that increase in visibility and monochromatism with repeated use.