Massage therapist Yolanda Tamez believes in the healing power of touch and is proud to turn her clients into believers as well. She tailors her kneads to suit a range of issues, employing gentle Swedish strokes to cultivate overall relaxation, or applying deep pressure to connective tissues in order to alleviate chronic pain.
Inspiration Fitness's owner and published author, Angela Ramos, hurtles clients toward their fitness goals in camps, classes, and workshops throughout the week. The fitness guru, one of the only trainers in the area certified in Russian kettlebell, transforms viscous cores into torsos of molded steel, always employing an eye for safety that she plucked from certifications by the International Sports Sciences Association and Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiology Institute. Whether working one on one with clients or leading group sessions, she leans on a rotating roster of high-intensity exercises to promote weight loss, tone muscle, and give patrons the body they want without having to raid a wax museum.
At Lipo Laser, physician and surgeon Dr. Nicolas Sanez performs noninvasive, nonsurgical laser treatments as an alternative to liposuction. He employs the i-Lipo Ultra system, a low-level laser device that addresses specific areas of stubborn fat and cellulite. The system leaves skin feeling smooth thanks to a combination of infrared rays, vacuum massage, and voiceover narration by Al Green, and is often used to contour trouble spots that have not responded to other weight-loss methods.
Dr. Agrawal, Dr. Dymek, and Dr. Banker, the trio of vascular and interventional radiologists at Vein Experts, LLC, keep troublesome vessels in check with a menu of outpatient treatments. They tame mild cases of spider veins with medical-grade compression stockings, lasers, and sclerotherapy. More serious varicose veins that rise above the skin crumble like mined mountaintops after the VNUS Closure catheter blasts them with radio-frequency energy.
The professional visionaries at Eye Designs see to ocular health while also attending to mid-face fashion with a variety of designer frames. Give struggling eyeballs an intelligent look with frames from such sharp brands as Ted Baker ($150), Genevieve Boutique (Rene frames, $120), or Gucci 2769 Strass ($300). A pair of Nike Veer ($149) or Fendi 5092 sunglasses ($344) renders bright days crisper and shadier than an apple from a Disney villain. Near- and far-sighted customers can also fill frames with a choice of basic and advanced lenses, such as the SV lens ($100), polycarbonate lens ($115), and SV Transition lens ($155). Eye Designs' experts can help determine what lens type will work best for each customer depending on ocular health, lifestyle, and eye strain from staring at heavy objects.
Through expertise as teachers and mentors gained through extensive experience and professional competition, Extreme Martial Arts Academy's instructors guide students of all ages and abilities through avenues of self-discipline, physical fitness, and self-defense in martial-arts programs and classes. Under the tutelage of master Al Verduzco and sensei Steve Reyna, groups of approximately 8–16 students will delve into the benefits of ancient art forms while learning how to keep disgruntled heavy bags from unionizing. Kids will also learn how defend themselves on the ground and standing up as they pick up valuable self-confidence as well as anti-drug and anti-abduction tips.
Motivating, highly trained staff and spacious facilities complement Charter Fitness's battalion of cardio machines and strength-training equipment. Huge flat-screen TVs motivate gym-goers as they lift weights, stationary bikes, and their reflections in large mirrors. Seasoned personal trainers who all hold certifications or four-year degrees in their specialty guide members through an initial personal-training session, introducing clients to the best equipment for their fitness goals. After workouts, private showers or public water fountains sluice away sweat.
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