At Rocky Mountain Holistic Healing Center, a team of experts in traditional and alternative medicine takes a multifaceted approach to wellness. A medical doctor and registered nurse can provide clinical support during weight-loss programs, and a certified herbalist offers insight on homeopathic remedies and nutritional therapy. To relieve aches and pains, a licensed acupuncturist and practitioner of oriental medicine unblocks bodily energy, and massage therapists, a yoga instructor, and an advanced rolfing practitioner use their expertise to loosen taut and double-knotted muscles. The team also includes a master reiki practitioner and certified clinical hypnotherapists ready to help clients overcome addiction or emotional difficulties.
The Denver location welcomes guests with exposed-brick walls and a large, Asian-inspired painting. A trickling water fountain soothes the senses, and a tranquil sand garden provides a private spot for reducing stress or returning a domesticated pet rock to the wild.
Steven Rizzolo knows the toll that living a bustling city life can take on the body. As owner and primary acupuncturist at Boulder Sports Acupuncture, he?s helped a number of active patients recover from injury through the ancient Chinese treatment, which involves the insertion of fine needles along specific points on the body. These tiny tools stimulate the flow of the body?s natural energy, which, in turn, helps heal complaints ranging from tendonitis and carpal tunnel to problems associated with infertility and menstruation. Steven Rizzolo is accompanied by Erika Anderson, who specializes in overall wellness, pain management, and digestive disorders.
Clambering up a brick wall. Vaulting over a railing. Somersaulting down from the top of a wall. It's all part of parkour. In APEX Movement’s 11,000-square-foot gym, parkour classes build a fitness foundation for students aspiring to these advanced tricks. APEX’s founder, Ryan Ford, mastered these moves—as well as basics such as quadrupedal movements, basic gymnastics, and freerunning tricks—through trial and error. Now that parkour has become a more established sport, he teaches newbies more efficiently than he taught himself, aided by a team of instructors. All have completed a 120-hour training program, and are well-versed in subjects such as “Demon Drills,” an online series focused on complex parkour stunts rather than on donning a horn-equipped headband.
The team complements their parkour training with a variety of other classes in gymnastics, freerunning, and daily changing CrossFit workouts. The gym also hosts solo workouts, where visitors can conquer Ninja Warrior obstacles such as the salmon ladder and the unstable bridge or bounce on trampolines and other gymnastics equipment. They can also wield strength-training tools such as kettlebells, dumbbells, and bells that have hands and try to push pack.
Better In Balance, LLC’s founder, Thomas Gilliford, discovered the therapeutic powers of Rolfing not through research, but as a patient. An avid soccer player, he spent many of his days on the field, straining his muscles to the point of pain. He sought the help of numerous caregivers, from medical doctors and chiropractors to physiotherapists and acupuncturists, but the pain never went away. A conversation with a friend inspired him to try Rolfing, and after his first session he felt the pain ebb. Soon after, his perspective on how he cared for his body changed, and he decided to help free others from pain through Rolfing himself.
Now a Certified Rolfer, Thomas builds relationships with his clients as he gently manipulates their connective tissues, taking the care to treat each as a linked component to the rest. His posture-efficiency-increasing techniques not only target pain caused by sciatica, tennis elbow, and runner’s knee, but also help patients recover from injury so they can return to their favorite pastime—playing tennis while running on a treadmill.
With its crisp blue-and-white color scheme, glossy wood floors, and menagerie of geometric equipment—including stability balls stacked on the walls—The Pilates Doctor Studio almost looks like a gallery for avant-garde artwork. Founders Jay Hart and Ethan Blumenhein aimed for this slick, urban atmosphere when they began their business, which they envisioned as a one-stop venue for Pilates and fitness enthusiasts. Professional instructors utilize mats, reformers, chairs, and towers to help students tighten their core muscles during private and group classes for all experience levels. Morning and lunchtime classes are available, and lessons are personalized to target specific goals, such as injury rehabilitation or gaining enough strength to carry the dead horse out of your third-floor apartment.
Within his studio, Gary Remes, a second generation massage therapist, works to restore balance to bodies using a unique technique he created called Neuro-Fascial Re-Education. Remes perfected this technique over the years by drawing on his 25 years of massage experience. Taught at the Namti School of Massage and in Sedona, Arizona, the technique combines acupressure, myofascial release, and other healing methods, tailored to soothe a wide range of emotional and mental stressors, including carpel tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, migraines, postural problems, and TMJ. A graduate of the St. Jude Medical Center’s Chronic Pain program, he draws on extensive work and training experience with John Barnes PT; Dr. Gustave Suffin MD,DO; Dr. Karen Lee, OMD; Reggie Griffin and Danielle Boyer, Doctors of Chiropractic; as well as his grandfather and uncle to assess or treat chronic pain.