During peak hours, Skype's globe-spanning communication powers connect millions of users to one another on computers, smartphones, TVs, and landlines. The Skype Premium subscription bears all the ingredients of the free software—unlimited international Skype-to-Skype calls, face-to-face video chatting, instant messaging, and low-cost calls to non-users—and adds a dash of video conferencing for as many as 10 people at once.
To Tatiana Casey, there's no clear distinction between the body and the soul. Instead, they're woven seamlessly into one another, making the quest for good health more complicated than simply getting a check-up now and again. At Healing Intuit, Casey offers therapies designed to heal physical ailments and create a real sense of spiritual wellness. Vibrational readings help her determine exactly what is wrong with the body, whether it's suffering from internal turmoil or merely swallowed a cell phone. No matter the diagnosis, she sets about repairing troubles with hands-on intuitive work, including everything from massage to eco-therapeutic affirmations.
The teachers at the Spanish Institute do more than teach a language; they immerse students in cultures that they’ve experienced firsthand. In addition to their qualifications as educators, all instructors hail from Latin American countries. They mine their life experiences to share the Spanish language in a natural style, which helps students learn vocabulary and grammar through interactive speaking and listening exercises. Their adult courses range from beginner traveler classes designed to impart basic communication skills to intensive studies of the language aimed at fluent conversation. For kids, teachers tone down the classroom vibe with fun games, stories, and songs that impart new knowledge more subtly than pop-up periodic tables.
Spines straighten into perfect postures. Elbows levitate off tabletops. And poised, confident demeanors reveal themselves at Polished by Deborah, a finishing and modeling school that restores classic elegance to the Internet age. Guided by values sourced from Celtic tradition and the Dalai Lama, classes cover topics as varied as table manners and career development.
PlanetSwim founder and owner Stephan's life is a timeline of aquatic achievements, containing awards that he won as a competitive swimmer as well as several teaching titles—lifeguard trainer and Red Cross–certified swim instructor among them. At PlanetSwim, Stephan holds his staff to similar standards. Each teacher has a minimum of five years of swim-instruction experience and has also been Red Cross–certified. Together, the team channels its knack for tutelage into swim lessons for children and adults of all ages in indoor, heated pools, including the one in Louisville, which is filled with warm water to encourage students to get in.
PlanetSwim's philosophy centers around personal attention, an element that demands small class sizes and a supportive atmosphere. Whether they are leading a 10-minute lesson for a water-shy toddler or an intermediate course on different strokes, the instructors monitor their pupils closely to ensure both comfort and development of technique.