The more than a dozen brick-and-mortar locations that make up Ultimate Champions Taekwondo Association share not only a style of combat, but a teaching philosophy as well. Tracing the lineage of their combative art back to Grandmaster Sang K. Oh, the instructors adhere to his teachings, exemplified by the quote, "The person who can defeat others with flashy techniques but is without love toward his fellow man will in the end defeat himself." Students use the physical empowerment of mastering jumps, kicks, and weapons to arm themselves with discipline, confidence, concentration, self-respect, and courtesy for others.
Outside of the classroom, the organization reaches out to the tri-state community with ample demonstrations of some of their most exciting techniques. Practitioners soar skyward in flying kicks or fill the air with the whirring blows of nunchakus, bos, and kamas. Fists slam through boards, balloons, and bricks to demonstrate the striking power of tae kwon do and the structural flaws in the Three Little Pigs' panic room.
Diane Paxton of Inner Fire Integrative Health Services brings 23 years of experience to her detox programs, Chinese therapies, and colonic-irrigation treatments. This vocation wasn't her first, though. It took a journey through the world of desk jobs and stay-at-home motherhood accompanied by a long list of aches and ailments to discover she was truly destined for a career in alternative medicine.
Laced in a decorative color scheme of calming tans and beiges, Inner Fire's tranquil office offers a calming backdrop to the center's natural medical methods. Treatment rooms house minimalistic paintings and simple foliage displays, which evoke a sense of the outdoors and provide camouflage during games of hide-and-seek.
The eclectic staff of Yaffa?s Living Well provides a comprehensive repertoire of services to promote holistic wellness, helping clients become healthier and more relaxed from the inside out. Visitors in need of physical relaxation can opt to de-stress weary soul sacks with rounds of detoxifying ionic footbaths, therapeutic massages, or energizing reiki. Those looking to enhance aesthetic wellness can enlist their services for facials, mani/pedis, acne treatments, and even Lipo Laser sessions to sculpt tummies and torsos. Bridal packages are also available for larger groups. To unwind the kind of stress accumulated over the long term, clients can find relief from the center?s new-age staff, including a psychic and a life coach.
Dr. Victoria Karlinsky looks for ways to restore patients' self-confidence through cosmetic surgery. After training alongside expert bariatric surgeons, Dr. Karlinsky learned the art of weight-loss surgeries and lifts. Dr. Karlinsky's attention to detail extends to her face-lift, eyelid, ear, and lip surgeries, and also accounts for her winning streak in pickup games of Simon Says. Each procedure takes place after patients explain their beauty goals in a one-on-one consultation and Dr. Karlinsky maps out a viable route to achieve them. Dr. Karlinsky brandishes board certifications in both general and cosmetic surgery and can communicate to clients in English, Russian, or scalpel charades.
Health meets beauty between lime-green accent walls and birch-tree murals, where a board-certified podiatrist and staff revamp nails afflicted with diabetes or fungal issues with laser treatments, topical medications, and specialty pedicures. The medi-pedi, or medical pedicure, was designed specifically for those with periodic health issues. Still, even healthy patrons can pamper feet with the spa-like pedicures, which boast clinical extras such as debridement, antifungal nail polish, and foot soaks. The multilingual staff—who can speak English, Spanish, French, and Creole—also go beyond standard spa hygiene by blasting shoes with UV rays and stern glares to prevent reinfection.
Prana Brooklyn Wellness detoxes the body with colon-hydrotherapy treatments that help to rid its innards of harmful residue from air pollution and overconsumption of processed foods. The 60-minute cleansing procedure employs top-notch machinery to gently purge deep-seated toxins and refresh hard-working entrails by infusing the large intestine with purified body-temperature water. Keep your body's newly cleansed engines running smoothly with a 30-minute nutritional-counseling session that will help you channel your deep-fried donut salad cravings into a healthful desire for fresh, toxin-free fare. Unlike the inventors of Wite-Out for voice mail, the friendly staff at Prana Brooklyn Wellness does not believe in quick fixes, but clients can take the first step on a gradual path to lasting health with today's Groupon.