Developed in Austria by sports physiologist Dr. Norbert Egger, HYPOXI technology merges moderate aerobic exercise with innovative medical technology. Futuristic-looking capsules surround the cardio machines, providing light vacuum suction and massage compression to augment the flab-busting process. HYPOXI Studio Ballantyne lines its sunlit studio spaces with HYPOXI's contoured capsules, each designed to address stubborn areas of the body. Though the HYPOXI Trainer S120 and L250 both aim to tone thighs, buttocks, hips, and lower abdomens, the L250 is a lower-intensity option ideal for those with high blood pressure or joint problems. The HYPOXI Vacunaut targets cores as joggers don a pressure suit and set their soles atop a treadmill. Requiring no activity, the HYPOXIDermology consists of a specialized suit with 400 pressure chambers that help diminish cellulite and signs of aging. Each body-shaping session lasts about 30 minutes and is ideal for all ages, fitness levels, and time-traveling schedules.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
Kenyatta Kelly knows the power of Zumba. The dance instructor and owner of Kenyatta & Co. Studio shed more than 50 pounds by participating in the high-energy dance classes. Now she helps fellow exercisers meet their individual goals through Zumba, whether they want to burn calories, learn new dance moves, or sculpt limbs to match all those Greek statues that keep breaking out of museums. Kenyatta & Co. Studio was also recently voted Best Zumba, Aerobics, and Yoga in Houston by Great Day Houston.
Like many happy tales, Diamond Candles’ story begins with two people madly in love with each other. David, having used all of his savings to purchase a diamond ring for his wife Brenda on their anniversary, was in the grocery store on the hunt for a gift bag in which to stow it. Having no luck, he scooped up a candle as an additional present and headed out of the store. As Dave walked back to his car, a strange idea popped into his head: what if there was a way to hide the ring inside the candle, so it would be revealed by the slow melting of the wax? In 2010, Dave and Brenda founded Diamond Candles to finally make Dave's daydream a reality. From the beginning, the duo has built their business on earth-friendly practices: they make their wax with soybeans grown by local farmers, and handcraft each candle using cotton wicks. Nestled within each glowing pillar, a ring worth anywhere between $10 and $5,000 waits to surprise the gift recipient with its eye-catching glimmer and ability to summon flocks of friendly magpies. Besides the hidden bangles, each candle also fills rooms with a strong scent in aromas such as honeysuckle or Fresh Snow.
Premium Home Whitening's kits take trips to the dentist out of smile-brightening equations with FDA-approved gels. After soaking in heated water, plastic mold-and-bite trays become as pliable as the linguine noodles floating beneath them. The ductile tooth helmets press against the upper and lower ridges, molding to enamel outlines. Patients coat the impressions in U.S.-made carbamide-peroxide gel, then bite into them while clutching a micro LED light between their lips. The at-home treatment can blanch choppers up to five shades. Premium Home Whitening also sells handy dental gadgets such as a portable teeth-whitening pen and a sonic toothbrush with a UV light to exterminate bacteria.
One of Time magazine’s 50 Best Websites 2010, Livemocha opens the door to multilingual mastery thanks to comprehensive lessons and a helpful online community that has grown to more than 15 million people. Through programs such as the popular Active course, students work to build conversational fluency in one of 38 languages, from French to Urdu. Courses include proven educational content from publishers such as HarperCollins. Cultural notes and practice with native speakers help students grasp conversational subtleties, such as the difference between a Spanish trill and the mating call of a blue jay.