Abby M.?also known as Aerial Abby?spends a lot of time with her feet off the ground. The professional aerial acrobat has studied under Cirque du Soleil performers, not to mention working with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Abby's skills go well beyond the big top, however. She has studied yoga and other fitness disciplines, with a focus on areas such as balance, strength, and creating muscle mass leaner than a fitness magazine printed on deli meat. All of this expertise comes into play during Aerial Abby's workout sessions, which include an aerial fitness class, a hand balancing class, and personal training.
At Flow Yoga & Pilates Studio, certified fitness instructor and personal trainer Gina Domme teaches YogaFit and Peak Pilates regimens to shuttle clients toward their heath and fitness goals. The YogaFit system enlists the moves of Hatha yoga's therapeutic practice, using the postures to increase balance, strength, and flexibility. As a co-owner of Peak Pilates Personal Training—a business that trains instructors in effective methods for teaching the classic exercise—her classes brim with top-shelf expertise in the core-bolstering, spine-supporting workout, whether it's performed on mats, astride Reformer machines, or perched atop Joseph Pilates' statue during annual pilgrimages.
A dancer since the age of 2, McCall Catherine Money has been dancing almost as long as she’s been walking. Today, she leads party-like Zumba classes that combine fun and energetic music with Latin-inflected moves to help blast away fat and tone muscles. Having trained in dance styles such as jazz, tap, hip-hop, and ballet, McCall is able to keep workouts fresh and exciting each week.
Licensed massage therapist Matthew Harter helps alleviate his clients’ discomfort from muscular knots, kinks, and tightness. Through therapeutic massage, he helps them break free of muscle tension while combating the seeds of chronic pain and tightness. His relaxation and hot-stone massages elicit blissful looseness in the body, feelings of well-being, and aid in relief from stress. Athletes and clients who enjoy active lifestyles can also enlist Matthew for a sports massage, which can help the body excel on the field or court or at the off-track-betting window.
Campus Collection outfits dorm rooms, man caves, and unmarked vans with spirit-boosting gifts and apparel from the University of Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, and other regional colleges. The shop’s walls and shelves overflow with logoed tees, jackets, and jerseys. It also adorns homes in alma mater memorabilia with team trash cans, wall clings, decorative street signs, LED scoreboard clocks, and seasonal items such as logo-emblazoned pumpkins.
Karen Lucius began by helping her office coworkers alleviate their own stress migraines, and her success became the basis of her new career.
Today, Karen has completed a 500-hour massage-training program to become a licensed therapist certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Her technique is performed in a slow, purposeful manner that she feels helps encourage relaxation, heal muscles, and put tension into a deep, deep sleep. Proficient in Swedish, facial, Thai, and deep-tissue massage, Karen has also recently added reflexology to her repertoire.
No matter the techniques Karen uses, clients reap the benefits of massage's multitude of therapeutic uses. In addition to reducing fatigue and anxiety, the treatments can also increase energy, boost concentration, and improve sleep quality. The bodywork sessions also assuage physical ailments, treating everything from lower back pain and migraine to weak immune systems and inflexible joints.