When asked what factors influenced their career choice, not many people would answer, "The location of my college apartment." But that’s exactly what Dr. Eric Smith did. He lived next door to a chiropractor's office during his freshman year, and from his desk, Smith could see patients—including entire families—coming and going from the adjacent building. He noticed that they appeared to be in pain when then walked in, and seemed to have more pep in their step as they left. Smith got a chance to see for himself what all the fuss was about after sustaining a serious neck and back injury. In extreme pain, he headed next door for treatment, eventually making a remarkable recovery. Smith even began working for the chiropractor part time, learning more about chiropractic care and developing a passion for helping others. After earning his chiropractic degree at Palmer College of Chiropractic's west campus, Dr. Smith began practicing, allowing people in pain to experience the same healing he had felt.
That was 25 years ago. Today, at Smith Chiropractic, Dr. Smith alleviates discomfort and illness with a variety of techniques, including spinal-decompression therapy and gentle adjustments with the instrument-based Activator Methods. Dr. Smith also donates his time to local businesses and events by offering free wellness workshops on topics such as weight loss, stress, and ergonomics in the workplace.
Bridges Rock Gym may bill itself as a bouldering facility, but climbing is really just the headliner on its lineup of fitness-oriented offerings. Adventurers can navigate from the 18-foot wall's indoor bouldering surfaces to the designated area for slacklining, a sport akin to tight-rope walking that trains balance, body awareness, and agility. Off the wall, visitors enjoy use of treadmills and rowing machines, all of which prepares them for the final send-off: a visit to the hot sauna followed directly by a cafe smoothie.
El Cerrito Yoga's sweat-eliciting studio beckons students with an intensive schedule of hot-yoga classes open to all ages and yogic skill levels. Inside the studio, heated well beyond room temperature by a giant hen that nests atop the roof, 90-minute sessions help students lengthen muscles and purge bodily toxins. The postures—starting on the mat and moving into standing asanas—target the entire body by isolating individual muscle groups, joints, and tailbones as it forges stronger limbs and cores devoid of lounging toxins. As instructors lead students through limb-strengthening poses, concentrated breathing exercises complement the physical movement to improve mental focus as students infuse lungs with the fresh, filtered air flowing from the HVAC systems.
With sessions convening as early as 6 a.m. and as late as 6:30 p.m. throughout the week, students have ample opportunities to schedule classes around nebulous stargazing plans. Mirrored walls ensure proper posture, and water is available to promote a well-hydrated, safe, and effective workout. Patrons can also take advantage of available showers and changing rooms, or seek out the nearest walk-through car wash afterward.
The newly renovated Spa Kingston, formerly known as Lush spa, offers a fresh approach to the spa experience in San Diego. Owner and lead aesthetician Renee started her career like many others in the spa business: after graduating from the Douglas J Aveda Institute, she earned her license and got a skincare job in a high-traffic spa. But eventually, she longed for a new challenge. Wanting to learn the medical side of the beauty world, Maloney went to work for a plastic surgeon and became certified in a list of aesthetic medical treatments as long as the instructions for building a spaceship. With her new knowledge of IPL photofacials, peels, and laser hair removal, Maloney opened up her own business and never looked back. Each day, Maloney and her team of trained aestheticians combine the power of medical-grade treatments with the luxurious and relaxing elements of a top spa—including facials and waxing—to give clients warm and professional experiences that meets all their needs.
Founded by master trainer Sergio Silva, Team Silva Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu arms students with the grapples and fitness techniques needed to get in shape or tackle competitors. Adult programs delve into the takedowns and strikes of mixed martial arts, jujitsu, and muay thai kickboxing, and women's classes range from yoga to fighting-themed fitness. Tykes can begin learning self-defense and discipline with muay thai lessons, gaining the swift, precise movements to fend off playground bullies or rebuff roving packs of feral kindergartners. A safe and encouraging environment, the Alameda studio lines its walls with cushions and trained coaches who oversee classes and open-mat sessions where students practice their martial-arts techniques or pickup lines.
As they enter the training at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.