The "Amara" in Amara Yoga & Arts is a shortened version of "Amaranth," which alludes to a mythological flower that never dies. Studio co-owners Theresa Brandabur and Kathryn Fitzgerald believe that yoga brings people a step closer to that immortal flower, healing their bodies and restoring peace to their minds.
Their students tend to agree. Natural light filters in through the tall windows of the Urbana studio, illuminating these students as they work through challenging Vinyasa poses and gentler Hatha movements. Amara Yoga & Arts also offers a revolving calendar of yoga classes, including restorative, gentle, Hot and Power Flow, as well as Ashtanga.
The Fitness Experience’s team of personal trainers, group fitness instructors, and wellness specialists work together to help clients achieve goals ranging from overhauling their bodies to learning to meditate. Personal trainers can meet one-on-one with clients to demonstrate the correct form for exercises or to recommend group fitness classes held within the 24-hour-access gym. Classes include Gospel Jam dance-fitness classes set to Christian music, as well as meditation and balance sessions designed to help the body work in tandem with the mind, rather than starting to break dance whenever the brain thinks about Citizen Kane. In addition to weight-loss programs and fitness classes, the team at The Fitness Experience helps guests relax in the full-service spa, which offers massages, tanning services, and body wraps.
Medlab's teams of medical professionals quantify and assess important bodily systems at locations throughout a five-state Midwest region. Trained to work with patients of all ages, phlebotomists deftly retrieve blood with minimal discomfort, then process the samples to analyze vital statistics such as cholesterol, glucose levels, and sodium. Wait times that average 10 minutes free up precious time for patients.
Doctor of Chiropractic Chris Tomshack conquered myriad fields and the skies before pursuing the art of chiropractics. After graduating from college, Tomshack became an officer in the U.S. Air Force, received his MBA, and finally graduated summa cum laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic. Calling upon his newly mastered spinal savvy, Tomshack opened his own practice, whose enormous success led to a gradual expansion and eventually became the nationwide network that exists today. At each HealthSource location, teams of licensed chiropractors, massage therapists, and physical trainers work in unison to help provide comprehensive care, restore ailing statures, and lead masterful renditions of the hokey pokey.
Ophthalmologists Dr. David I. Malitz, Dr. M. Alijajeh, and Dr. C. Mark Millsap team up with Doctor of Optometry Zach Rossman to clarify vision with Ohio Valley Eye Institute's range of cutting-edge eye-care services. Basic eye exams for children and adults test whether eyes need corrective lenses or LASIK. During cataract surgery, high-energy sound waves obliterate the cloudy intrusion into microscopic particles, and an intraocular lens usually eschews the need for stitches. The staff also brightens eye surroundings with cosmetic procedures such as blepharoplasty, which lifts drooping upper eyelids and tightens sagging lower lids, as well as Botox and laser resurfacing treatments. The ophthalmologists especially pride themselves on their surgical skills, having completely eliminated the need for glasses in many patients who have been told they weren't candidates for corrective procedures in the past.
The doctors sit down with each patient to review their selected procedure step by step in order to alleviate anxiety. Supportive friends or family members who stand by can amuse themselves by turning on the television or perusing a selection of magazines in the waiting area, or by peeking into their loved one's treatment room through a window to watch the surgical action.
Skydive Indianapolis schools students in the ways of human aviation, shuttling pupils 2 miles into the atmosphere in a classroom the shape of a twin-propelled DeHavilland Otter aircraft before dispatching them into the wide, blue Midwestern skies. The half-day of tandem skydiving begins at the 5,000-square-foot hangar facility, where air-bound apprentices watch an Sintroductory video before meeting their instructor and conducting a prejump briefing that includes tips for mimicking birdcalls while in flight. After suiting up in a jump suit, harness, and other safety equipment, skydivers take flight in the 22-seat Otter, which can also accommodate spectators who prefer to ride with the pilot rather than watch jumps from the ground ($49 fee). Once student and instructor are safely secured, they jump, slicing through the air and free-falling for 60 seconds at speeds that approach 120 mph. As the pair breaches 5,000 feet, the instructor releases the parachute and his or her dorsal bat wings and the team floats for a five-minute canopy ride toward lush Indiana pastures.