After experiencing a very difficult time in her life, mother and entrepreneur Lauri Meizler was in search of a healthy start. She went down many paths to recover, but the results were less than optimal: instead of feeling energized, she found herself lethargic and underweight. It wasn’t until discovering cleansing and Ayurveda, one of the world's oldest medical systems, that life began to change. Soon thereafter, she adapted the teachings of the combination, and has since felt energetic, balanced, and in control of her life once again.
Lauri received certifications as a health coach in raw foods and Ayurveda and pairs the ancient Indian tradition’s holistic-wellness practices with modern nutrition training to help others optimize their health and well-being through eating a predominantly plant-rich diet. Her company, Joos, funnels these nutritious ingredients into bottles to help on-the-go people to build healthy, sustainable eating habits.
In flavors such as green lemonade, citrus refresh, and antioxidant blast, these wholesome potables teem with ingredients such as fresh-pressed, unpasteurized apples, ginger, and bok choy. Each bottle contains 10–14 types of garden-grown goodness, which amount to two times the daily requirement of fruits, veggies, and scarecrow smiles. The juices can fortify meals with vitamins and minerals or serve as the meals themselves during cleanses, which last 5–21 days. Cleanse participants can also drink in the support of a certified health coach/cleanse expert.
Owner Richard Lanza began Open Doors as a metaphysical healing center and store in 1992, and he carried that healing spirit into the yoga studio he opened in 2003. At Open Doors Yoga Studios, Richard's goal is to create a space where people feel empowered to explore their personal beliefs on a path toward self-healing. Thus, yoga instructors at the studio's numerous locations help practitioners achieve their personal goals through accessible classes, each designed to build core strength while quieting the mind and increasing body awareness. From slow-flow heated classes to unheated Hatha sessions, students can participate in a variety of yoga styles geared toward beginners, more experienced participants, and those who only feel comfortable in a 98-degree room.
Doctor Michael Rauch manipulates bodies with a combination of spinal adjustments and muscle-melting massage therapy to target the sources of physical pains and ailments. He also sets backs on the right path with the aid of therapeutic exercises such as partial sit-ups, leg lifts, and side lumbar bridges. When not treating his patients’ ailments, he participates in postural screenings for community-service programs and overworked anatomy-class skeletons.
Power Yoga Chicago's resident mat maven and certified instructor, Judd Albring, teaches students of all skill levels how to twist torsos and realign postures during 60-minute power Vinyasa yoga classes. Students in classes up to 16 people, or three elephants, improve strength, flexibility, and balance within a cozy studio space heated between 80 and 90 degrees. Power Yoga Chicago only accepts online registration.
Although their services deal entirely with the mouth, the staff of Smile Designs Inc. initially depend on their ears—they prize the sense of trust that results from truly listening to their patients. Led by Dr. Shabana Chaudhry, they take clients from a preliminary exam through custom cosmetic and medical dental plans, which can include teeth whitening, veneers, crowns, implants, and even root-canal therapy. Digital x-rays help identify sources of decay or pain in teeth, and the technicians' devotion to continuing education ensures they stay on top of other high-tech trends, such as installing surround-sound systems in back molars.
Be At Ease Bodyworks might be described as an epicenter of pampering and wellness. Massage therapist Mark fights musculoskeletal stress and tension by practicing three main modalities: Swedish relaxation, deep tissue, and sports. Depending on the client's choice of technique, Mark might use some combination of lotions and oils, slow strokes, deep pressure, and methods designed to increase flexibility and circulation.