Two-time winner of C-Ville Weekly's Best Yoga Studio and Teacher award, Bikram Yoga Charlottesville seeks to work every muscle, organ, tendon, ligament, gland, and nerve inside the rigid bulk of human mass entering its doors through a series of 26 sweltering poses and vigorous breathing exercises. As stiff muscles begin to elongate and strengthen, the room softly heats up to 105-plus degrees, the temperature at which greeting cards are written. Classes are 90 minutes of sweat-inducing extension designed to rejuvenate the body and improve a multitude of the body's functions.
Splendora's Gelato Cafe specializes in authentic, artisanal Italian gelato and sorbetto. Each house-made batch of gelato emerges from a combination of simple ingredients including skim-milk powder, sugar, and hormone-free, locally sourced whole milk and heavy cream. Splendora’s feeds fresh, frosty mounds with ground nuts, cocoa powder, pure vanilla, and fruit purées to create the variety of flavor options available each day. Harken back to the treat’s European origins with hazelnut and dulce de leche, or let pistachio and salted caramel press tongues firmly into the winter season. A selection of dairy-free sorbetto such as mango caters to tropical longings and lactose-less needs. Available flavors vary daily.
Dr. Edward Perraut hasn't just performed more than 50,000 LASIK surgeries, he's also undergone the laser-based procedure. This boosts the credibility of the Johns Hopkins fellow and his fellow doctors, who speak from experience when advising clients on the LASIK procedures. After leading a consult to confirm candidacy, the doctors schedule surgery, which begins with a small incision to open a flap over the corneal surface. Using a small-spot laser beam, WaveLight's Allegretto Wave Eye-Q laser helps reforms the curvature of the cornea according to calibrations customized for each patient. The flap is then closed and begins resealing immediately, thanks to the eye's ability to heal quickly. The surgeons furnish patients with home-care instructions, as well as recommendations for follow-up appointments. A small percentage may need touch-up procedures, which are included if the patient is a viable candidate. An FAQ page anticipates common questions, such as, "will LASIK affect my x-ray vision?"
After 20 years of waiting—a time spent studying reiki therapy and massage, as well as training 3.5 years to be a licensed acupuncturist—Carole Favero, L.Ac., realized her dreams of becoming an alternative-medicine practitioner when she opened Flying Dragon Acupuncture. Carole tailors her treatments, based on in-depth consultations with her patients, to help to combat any of the more than 140 ailments—such as fatigue, depression, and inhaled balloons—that the World Health Organization recognizes can be effectively treated by acupuncture.