Two months after she began practicing yoga, Jen Mitchell could touch her toes for the first time. She had turned to the art to help relieve the tightness in her lower body, the result of years spent as a teacher for group cycling classes. As she trained, she became more and more devoted to yoga's restorative power and relaxing aftereffects. Her exposure to the Vinyasa style made her feel as though she had "taken a shower from the inside out." She now leads a team of instructors at Twist Yoga, where she strives to acquaint patrons of all fitness levels with their innate potential.
Twist Yoga’s instructors focus on slow, deliberate breath work and mantra in connection with proper posing technique. The classes encourage students to flex in pursuit of a still mind, but the lighthearted atmosphere eschews utter stoicism for humor and support. Modifications for many poses allow guests of all skill levels to find balance at their own pace. Temperatures in the studio can reach 84 degrees, causing bodies to release toxins and minds to reach a state of clarity while considering buying summer real estate on the sun.
Doctor of Chiropractic Jenni Ricker, a graduate of Palmer College, opened The Health and Wellness Clinic with the goal of helping people heal by offering a collaborative approach to natural medicine. Together with a team of licensed massage therapists, acupuncturists, and a naturopathic physician, Dr. Ricker cares for patients during all stages of life. Before birth, prenatal massage and chiropractic care ease the burdens of mothers-to-be and babies alike. As children grow, Dr. Ricker helps promote good posture, improve spinal health, and reduce strain with adolescent chiropractic services. Adults enjoy a full suite of treatments including medically managed weight loss, traditional Chinese medicine, and chiropractic adjustments.
Vision Quest Sport and Fitness promotes a five-pronged approach to fitness, covering cardiovascular, progressive resistance, proper diet, supplementation, and personal training. Like any decent clock factory, the clubs are open 24 hours a day, and each keeps its own schedule primed with group classes such as boxing, yoga, spinning, and hip-hop fitness. Body Sculpt sessions fashion forms with weights and bands, and Total Body Conditioning uses lighter weights and higher repetitions to create lean, mean muscle mass.
Members take part in complimentary wellness seminars from fitness experts to fine-tune their bodies, and teams of affiliated massage therapists, chiropractors, and nutrition gurus save skeletons and muscles from harmful injury.
Doctor Gary Wall and his esteemed dental staff at Edmonds Family Dentistry specialize in comprehensive and restorative dentistry for children and adults, including orthodontic treatments with ClearCorrect invisible braces. After patients qualify for the treatment through an initial consultation, a dental professional creates impressions of the teeth to fashion into translucent aligners that patients remove only when eating, brushing, or chewing on a dog bone. The invisible braces gradually pull chompers into proper placement without altering smiles with clunky brackets or wires. Clients return for frequent adjustments until bites look and feel straightened. While waiting for appointments, guests can lounge in the office's spa-like massage chairs or listen to the sound of metal braces being ground into coins on provided stereo headsets.
Edmonds CrossFit's team of certified coaches helps exercisers work toward improvement across a spectrum of ten fitness domains that includes endurance, strength, flexibility, and coordination. To that end, a different lineup of exercises awaits with every visit to the gym, each designed to breed a high level of General Physical Preparedness, or GPP—the same thing firefighters strive for when they practice hoisting heavy hoses and rescuing dumbbells out of trees. Class-goers might perform gymnastics stretches, pump out a set of pushups, and then complete some laps of walking lunges before hoisting a barbell over their heads one day, and then perform an entirely new set of exercises the next. For committed participants, the result can be a significant jump in overall fitness and increased ability to handle the physical demands of a long, active life.
Since its founding in 1987, Living Lite's weight-loss program has helped thousands of people slim down quickly and almost effortlessly. Instead of simply telling clients to change their eating habits, its practitioners use hypnotic suggestion to root newer, healthier behaviors in the subconscious minds. Clients find themselves exercising regularly and picking more wholesome foods without ever having to think about it consciously. Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis does not induce amnesia, and participants will usually remember everything that happens during the soothing sessions.