With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were accidentally installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circle of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use body weight and fitness levels to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Since 1996, the skilled technicians at New Mexico Quality Air have cleansed air ducts, area rugs, and carpets using nontoxic, eco-friendly products safe for children and pets. By ridding homes of dust and allergens, they protect homeowners from breathing in polluted air, which can cause uncontrollable sneezing or an inadvertent transformation into Swamp Thing. Eliminating dirt buildup can also prevent the breakdown of air-conditioning, heating, and ventilation systems.
Brothers Jon and Zachary Zieau grew up on a ranch just south of Belen, where their family did all of its own planting, landscaping, and yard maintenance. With that experience and knack for hard work embedded into their DNA, Jon and Zachary set out on their own mission to beautify New Mexico one yard at a time. Still using the secrets shown to them by their father, the brothers Zieau provide scheduled services, such as lawn mowing and hedge trimming, as well as other outdoor duties, including pressure washing and lighting installation.
Muhammad Ali, Barack Obama, Jay Leno, Tony Bennett—renowned shutterbug Kim Jew has aimed his lens at them all. His photographs of celebrities and prominent politicians have landed on the pages of high-profile publications including Harper's Bazaar and GQ over a career that has spanned more than three decades. Today, he helms three studios, where a staff of shutterbugs snaps images in styles ranging from composite and fine art to editorial high fashion. The studios specialize in portraiture, documenting graduating seniors wearing caps and gowns, toddlers wearing cupcake crumbs, and families showing off the matching dimples they got from a great aunt's insistent cheek pinching.
Chronic pain in her neck and lower back brought Melanie St. Georges into her first yoga class. She walked in stressed, tired, and afraid to fail. Despite that fear, she dove into her first class, and as she continued to practice daily, not only did she find herself pain-free, but she felt much more relaxed and balanced.
Today, Melanie leads her own team of dedicated instructors in the hopes of making yoga accessible so that others may discover its healing powers. Utilizing the Barkan Method of hot yoga—a variant of Hatha yoga—their classes aim to strengthen and stretch the entire muscular system while relieving mental stress. The Barkan Method is just one of several different styles of yoga Blissful Spirit teaches. Heated air helps the body flush out toxins while deepening stretches and staving off injuries caused by a recent move into Aladdin’s lamp. When they’re not teaching yoga, instructors help clients boost their core strength with Pilates sessions that take place in a moderately heated environment. Blissful Spirits also offers daily donation-based daycare services during select hours.