Melissa Flores grew up dancing, but ultimately became fascinated with the focused movements of Pilates. After completing a 700-hour training program under the guidance of one of Joseph Pilates's prot?g?s, she felt ready to fulfill her childhood ambition of teaching and opened Pilates & Yoga for Life in her own home. Three years later, she was able to acquire more space and equipment to accommodate the growing student base, relocating to the studio where she and her team of instructors work today.
To ensure students receive the utmost guidance, Flores requires her team of instructors to complete the same rigorous training program she did. Because she emphasizes personal treatment, her staffers also learn how to adjust their lessons for students of all skill levels. This attention to detail allows them to modify exercises on floor mats or Gratz-manufactured apparatuses according to each client's past injuries and specific goals. Relying on hands-on corrections and in-studio polygraph machines, they see to it that participants are truly taking away the maximum benefit from each core-bolstering move. To further flex physical boundaries, they also helm a variety of yoga courses.
With more than 175 locations nationwide and more than 35 years in the business, Car-X Tire & Auto has earned a prime spot in the parking garage of quality car care and customer service. Started in 1971 by a team of seasoned muffler-shop owners, the service centers have blossomed from their beginnings as specialty exhaust shops to providers of nearly any repair or maintenance service imaginable, from installing performance-enhancing accessories to treating cars to therapeutic trust falls. In addition to promoting safety and long, healthy engine life with brake services and speedy oil changes, Car-X reaches out to the surrounding community with regular philanthropic activities, such as recycling drives and participation in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.
The highly trained stylists at Bounce Salon tame unruly manes with swift, precise snips and extensive training with Moroccanoil and Pravana color products. After a brief consultation to determine the client?s desired look, they shear away split ends, imbue tresses with all-over or partial color and highlights, or fight frizz with straightening blowouts, ultimately helping strands attract positive attention instead of negatively charged balloons. When needed, Bounce's staff plucks blow dryers from where they hang on the ceiling, just as they extract unwanted bristles during various waxing services.
Nylon pants—one of the secrets to gaining more speed while going down an inflatable slide, according to the staff at Jump 4 Fun. Kids aged 2–15 can test this out on the center's two slides, which stand tall at 18 and 16 feet. Other inflatable playthings include jumpers and basketball hoops, perfect for tots to practice their slam-dunk approach. An obstacle course provides friendly competition for older kids, while toddlers can play safely in their own area.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.