Her own difficulties conceiving inspired registered nurse and licensed acupuncturist Kyle Liston to help others become parents. She does this by combining the knowledge she gathered working 15 years as a high-risk ob-gyn and newborn nurse with the knowledge she’s gained working 15 years as an acupuncturist to use acupuncture in conjunction with in-vitro fertilization to help women become pregnant. Liston also uses the thin, sterile, disposable needles to address a variety of other symptoms, such as fatigue, chronic pain, and compulsive shimmying. She meticulously cultivates a tranquil atmosphere, where clients can lie back and clear their minds as the needles activate strategic points on the body.
Elevate Fit Club is more than a fitness center—it’s a welcoming, supportive place to work out that was founded by two fitness-instructor sisters, who offer classic and alternative exercise options. The club has Pilates, Pilates Reformer, and yoga classes, and it also boasts a FitWall, a vertical-training exercise apparatus that engages all 603 muscles of the body just to stay on.
After an acupuncturist cured a chronic sinus infection that antibiotics did not help, Michele Pimenta discovered the benefits of alternative medicine. She changed her career from a photographer to a facilitator of healing methodologies, and is now a biodynamic craniosacral therapist and certified practitioner of structural integration. Her techniques overall help align the body and balance the nervous system, and specifically treat back pain, neck pain from car accidents, and lingering pain from old football or thumb-wrestling injuries.
Rather than looking at each person as a blank canvas for needle art, acupuncturist Joni Jackson works with her clients to educate them about the ancient treatment and learn about their symptoms, ultimately maximizing the effects of each treatment. During sessions, Joni inserts hair-thin needles to alleviate stressors on the body and psyche. Her sessions work to curb headaches, sleep issues, depression, anxiety, and addictions to tobacco or acupuncture needles.
As a gymnastics coach, Kaia F.I.T. founder and owner Nikki Warren always noticed how children in motion tumble and play with ease. They were effortlessly agile and flexible, and yet many of them would grow into adults who would struggle to stay active. Kaia F.I.T. sprang from this realization with the goal of restoring female physiques to the adolescent pliability everyone enjoys before they grow their rock-hard exoskeleton after sixth grade.
At Kaia F.I.T. Lafayette, a team of expert fitness coaches retrain bodies with dynamic workouts designed to strengthen muscles, boost energy, and vanquish fat. They root their F.I.T. sessions in functional training, a method that enlists athletes' own body weight and movement to stimulate fitness. They also ramp up their regular F.I.T. program during Brik boot camps, in which students sweat through ever-changing routines to keep their bodies in better shape than fad diets or preserving them in amber for swimsuit season would. Although each program ranges in intensity and length, all workouts and moves can be modified to suit the fitness level of any client. To further help clients reach their fitness goals, the studio makes available a bounty of healthy, flavorful recipes online.
At No Excuses Fit Club, experienced trainers lead small groups of clients through fat-incinerating TRX, boot-camp, and workout-of-the-day sessions. Every class includes a 15-minute break between sessions in which trainers field clients' exercise and nutrition questions.