Anytime Fitness, as the name suggests, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of the gym's accommodating calendar of classes, attending 10 targeted drop-in sessions over the course of six months. Latin beats inspire aspiring Zumbalinas to shimmy free of up to 600 extra calories per one-hour session. The C.H.I.S.E.L. class blends aerobics, strength training, and Pilates to build bodies fit enough to run a marathon inside a swimming pool filled with mud. The six-pack abs and stretching class offers patrons a one-two-punch of increased flexibility and core strength. Traditional Pilates sessions reinforce the mind-body connection by celebrating control, balance, and turtleneck sweaters.
When Joanna Mazurek calls relaxation an "art," she knows what she's talking about. The Green Peace Art of Relaxation founder is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, though today she's more likely to be dripping massage oil on a tense back than paint on a canvas. Her massage credentials include certification in the stretching techniques of Thai massage as well as mastery of reiki, an energy-based Eastern healing method.
As an advocate of aromatherapy, Mazurek sells scents made from sage, lavender, and other organic ingredients, which together are meant to relax the muscles and moisturize the skin. That's not to say she's averse to more high-tech methods, though. During face- and body-sculpting sessions, she uses microcurrent electrical impulses to make skin produce more collagen, just as electricity shocked Ben Franklin into producing better screenplays.
Surrounded by Yoga Shakti’s cheerful orange walls, yogis lift their hands toward the ceiling, root the balls of their bare feet into the wood floor, and stretch toward the sunlight that streams in through the window. During classes, instructors lead practitioners through their customized series of postures, which draw from several yoga styles to vary the routine and address specific goals. Classes range from gentle yoga, which focuses on meditation and breathing; to more rigorous Vinyasa flow, which links challenging postures to one another through the breath; to hot yoga, whose elevated temperature challenges students, allows for deeper stretches, and detoxes the body. The instructors also offer yoga-for-back-pain classes, which aim to increase mobility in stiff backs caused by injury, stress, or walking under the limbo stick in your doorway.
Conforti Natural Wellness Centers' experienced chiropractors have garnered praise from Panache Vue magazine for their knack at easing bodily aches with safe chiropractic care that targets each guest's specific problem areas. Five days a week, Conforti Natural Wellness Centers' licensed massage therapists detangle knotted muscles and relieve neck, back, and head pains associated with auto accidents, sport injuries, and amateur contortionist tournaments. Each of the company's locations complements chiropractic treatments with wellness services, including acupuncture, med-spa treatments, and nutritional counseling.
The smilesmiths at American Family & Cosmetic Dentistry help smiles beam two to four shades brighter with Boost whitening treatments. The in-office treatment session begins with an exam and x-rays to determine that teeth are fit for whitening and not abetting fugitive cavity gangs. Next, a pigment-punishing gel blanches away stains left by coffee, smoking, or pack-a-day Sharpie habits, leaving chompers two to four shades brighter. Staff further encourages smiles with friendly service and gentle hands, helping even the most sensitive molars feel at ease.