Lance Farrell drew from his extensive background in tae kwon do to take down opponents in the ring for many years before he realized he could use his powers to help others combat obesity and health issues. He developed Farrell's Extreme Bodyshaping to provide patrons of all fitness levels with a comfortable place in which to undergo a mental and physical transformation, much like a crushed-velvet cocoon. He stripped away the sparring and contact drills from his fighter training, leaving just the components that burn fat and build muscle.
When students sign up for a program, they're grouped into teams of peers who encourage one another through moments of weakness and provide a sense of accountability. The instructors and coaches guide these teams toward fitness on a 10-week quest based on four pillars—cardiovascular exercise to burn fat, strength training to build muscle, nutrition coaching to map out a healthy diet, and enthusiastic trainers to provide motivation. At the end of each session, each of Farrell's locations rewards a student with a $1,000 prize—or a year’s worth of high-fives—congratulating them on their dramatic physical transformation. Students who stick around and strive to get healthy over the course of a year get a shot at the $10,000 prize, though winners have reported that leading a healthier life is a greater reward than the money.
Although becoming a doctor is a good way to make any family proud, the family of Dr. Zhizhong Nan—of Nan's Acupuncture and Wellness Clinic—were especially delighted upon his graduation. That's because by going into acupuncture, Dr. Nan became the third generation of his family to practice this ancient art. Now, more than than 20 years later, he uses his experience in traditional Chinese medicine to heal patients for a range of maladies. Using tiny needles, he can harness the body's chi and natural energy to heal itself, whether he's calming down kids with ADHD or helping insomniacs get to sleep at night. His treatments can also be used for more debilitating illnesses, from pain to asthma to TMJ. Rather than just alleviating symptoms by prescribing numbing medication or giving patients more and more candy until they feel better, acupuncture helps Dr. Nan resolve the core issue behind illnesses.
Inside Centennial Crossfit's 5,000-square-foot training space, a muscle-bound cadre of certified Level 1 coaches stands ready to welcome any exerciser willing to huff, puff, and sweat their way toward better health. These trainers guide participants through each Workout of the Day, an ever-changing exercise routine designed to build a broad base of fitness that can be applied in other areas of life, such as being someone else's chair. On any given day, the workout might draw from exercises normally associated with any number of other sports or activities, including Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, or martial arts. Since the exercises are scalable?meaning they can be adjusted to fit everyone from senior citizen beginners to elite athletes?all students who exert themselves can expect improvements in physique and general physical fitness.
Camille Rodriguez, the woman behind Jade Moon Acupuncture & Wellness, graduated from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in April 2012. To earn her degree, Ms. Rodriguez completed 2,265 hours of education, 525 hours of clinical acupuncture, and about 30 minutes of paperwork.
She puts this experience to good use during acupuncture sessions that treat pain, stress, and other health issues. Additionally, Ms. Rodriguez practices Chinese medicine such as cupping and moxibustion, which leverages the curative properties of burning mugwort to fortify blood health and bolster the healing process.
Even before the healing-touch sessions begin, the treatment room itself starts relaxing clients with mood lighting and soft lavender sheets. Reiki master practitioner Trish Stapleton uses these initial stimuli to set the stage for the relaxing, energy-balancing reiki sessions to follow. Moving her hands in the air and administering light touches to the chakras, Trish works to rid clients’ bodies of disharmonious energies and oust stress, toxins, and addiction.
Deanna Kayyali helps patients find relief from pain by using a combination of the five branches of Oriental Medicine: Acupuncture and adjunct therapies; Chinese herbal remedies; diet and lifestyle analysis; bodywork; and meditation, self-awareness, and spiritual connection. The licensed acupuncturist and certified Reiki Master treats allergies, chronic aches, digestive issues, and smoking addiction.