As a full-service facility, Women's Medicine of Niagara enlists a team of medical providers to provide a mixture of clinical and holistic services designed to treat issues specific to women. Board-certified doctors channel years of experience to keep patients healthy with services ranging from obstetrics and gynecology to osteoporosis screening. They pair those with nutritional counseling, acupuncture, cardboard cutouts of George Clooney, and herbal remedies to give women wellness benefits achievable without prescription medicines. The medical team also harnesses the power of modern technology by administering minimally invasive operations with the da Vinci robotic-surgery device and removing unwanted hairs with the pulsed light of the Candela GentleLase Pro.
Dawn Hammer's infectious enthusiasm packs enough motivation to get a shy George Washington statue to dance, and it's the key ingredient in her one-hour Zumba fitness classes. During these sessions, she leads up to 35 students through high-energy hip shaking and cardio shimmying. Latin-inspired beats resound in the expansive gym as Dawn teaches the fast-paced dance routines. Her two years of Zumba experience inform her expertise, which she makes use of as students jive with one- to two-pound weights, gulps of water, and hair that bounces as though programmed to move with the beats.
The holistic gurus at Alternative Options Holistic Wellness believe that relaxation is key to maintaining a healthy mind and body. That’s why owner Jennifer Aranyosi—a trained nurse, certified reflexologist, and reiki master—and her massage therapists perform seven massage modalities, from the deep-tissue and myofascial techniques of a therapeutic massage to the pressure-point manipulation of shiatsu. The therapists also practice reiki, a "laying on hands" technique intended to stimulate the flow of internal energy so that clients don't have to inject espresso into their aortas.
A coalition of 10 experienced dentists forms Stellar Dental Care, whose practices offer oral care six days a week. These 10 strive to see their patients have a lifetime of good dental health, offering services that prevent decay and keep teeth in working order with a slate of cleanings, exams, and x-rays. They also boast a virtually paperless office—rather than filling out multiple paper forms, patients enter their information into a computer terminal.
Applied Fitness's personal trainers never quite know what they're going to do next. That's because they use a process called Metabolic Typing to design customized workouts and diet plans. This system accounts for a person's metabolic rate and lifestyle, which helps trainers select exercises that will maximize each workout's results. In addition to these evaluations, the personal trainers follow guidelines set forth by organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Furthering this personal approach, Applied Fitness's trainers will work with clients wherever they feel most comfortable. They can train at homes, offices, or the company's own studio, which is designed to be as distraction-free as the office Neil Armstrong built on the moon.
Fusion is an amazing force. It sets stars ablaze, redefines cuisine, and has even produced a hybrid of a gym and spa at Platinum Fitness. There, certified personal trainers construct individualized workout regimens or lead small group classes, pumping up muscles with Zumba, Pilates, or yoga. Therapists work alongside them, relaxing bodies with massage treatments or chiropractic manipulations, which, like an argument in Bantu, commonly produce clicking noises. After a workout or knead, members can relax in an infrared sauna or educate themselves about healthy eating with a nutritional consultation.