The staff at Chiropractic Solutions of Pensacola does things a little differently than most other chiropractic offices. Whereas other practitioners are content to show their clients the door once symptoms start to improve, Doctor of Chiropractic Vicki Schwantes and her team demand demonstrable and long-term results. Much of the clinic's success can be attributed to Dr. Schwantes's use of multiple types of chiropractic approaches, such as traditional manual manipulation and table-assisted techniques, in conjunction with other wellness traditions. In this multifront assault on illness, patients may also undergo massage therapy, acupuncture, and therapeutic thumb wrestling as part of their comprehensive treatment plans.
What Weight Time Fitness lacks in square footage it makes up for in convenience. The door to this 3,000-square-foot gym is open 24/7, allowing exercisers to work out whenever their schedule permits or their pet hummingbird finally falls asleep. One half of the gym has strength-training machines and free weights, and the other has Life Fitness treadmills that face flat-screen TVs. If desired, guests can also take advantage of the gym’s infrared dry sauna, personal-training sessions, and complimentary WiFi.
The site of the 1969 USGA Women's U.S. Open, Scenic Hills Country Club remains Florida's only course to host a USGA U.S. Open. But that's not the only thing that separates the 6,730-yard track from many of its Sunshine State counterparts. Unlike many courses that run through flat wetlands, Scenic Hills ripples over significant elevation changes—a characteristic that emerges at the first hole, a challenging, 443-yard par-four that plays downhill. The hills feed into a river and pond that, together, come into play on six holes, some of which force golfers to fly the ball directly over the hazard or bribe a frog with a backpack to swim it safely to the other side.
Alongside the course, separate greens for chipping and putting help golfers hone their scoring touch, and a driving range fosters full-swing practice. After a day at the links, golfers can enjoy a salad, sandwich, or other American-style dining at Caponi's Grille, named for 1969 U.S. Women's Open winner Donna Caponi.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Length of 6,730 yards from the tips * Course rating of 73.4 from the tips * Slope rating of 130 from the tips * Five tee options
Sprawled across 600 acres of woodland, Marcus Pointe Golf Club is an expansive sportscape that challenges ball wallopers with its narrow fairways and subtle elevation changes. The 18-hole, par 72 course is littered with obstacles including strategically planted stands of trees, bunkers, small water traps, and foul-mouthed bushes. Aboard the included cart, golfing tandems zip through the links, crossing over a running stream that winds through Pensacola's natural wooded beauty and allows for impromptu dives to recover wayward balls and plunder sunken convertibles.
Rocket-pop shades of red, white, and blue are sandwiched together in an elegant pair of glasses from Bebe. Filigree traces the silvery outline of Gucci eyewear. And on a pair of Dior shades, the wire-thin arms cleverly retract into black enamel discs. At each of Stanton Optical’s locations, a panoply of frames crafted for adults and kids by nearly 40 design houses awaits visitors. The face-flattering styles, though, rest on the firm foundation provided by prescription and shaded lenses from Zeiss, Varilux, and Crizal, which allow patrons to pass driving tests or tie a centipede’s shoelaces together.
In oak-studded pastures awash with climbing vines and vibrant flowers, a horse whinnies and a startled peacock flies off to find shelter in a tree's branches. For Marilyn Gibbs, it's just another day at the office—the licensed massage therapist opened her studio on a ranch in order to give her clients the kind of tranquility they can't find in the city. With 15 years of experience, Marilyn switches her modality of choice to suit the needs of each client: focused compression addresses chronic pain during deep-tissue massages, and fluid kneads with forearms and elbows comprise her Hawaiian-style Lomi Lomi treatment. She also practices pain-focused myoskeletal-alignment techniques (MAT) and myofascial release, which gradually unwinds contracted muscles and encourage them to stretch. With a G5 Cellutec massager, a complimentary add-on to each treatment, she can even help fade the telltale dimples of cellulite.
After a massage, Marilyn's clients often benefit from increased flexibility and less palpable aches. A complimentary 15–20 stop inside her far-infrared sauna following massages can enhance these effects, warming joints and reducing soreness caused by headaches, arthritis, and other ailments.
Marilyn Gibbs, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT MA25768/MM8508, AL#33)