Patricia Thompson, the certified massage therapist at Professional Therapies, dedicates herself to helping each client fulfill his or her optimal physical, mental, and spiritual health. A member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, she facilitates wellness with a variety of therapeutic treatments, ranging from massage and bodywork to psychotherapy. Her treatments can help relax the body and soothe muscles, and can also help alleviate chronic pain and assist the healing of injuries.
In their spacious, bare-bones gym known as “The Box,” Crossfit Battle Ready’s trainers prep students for all of life’s physical activities—work, play, and sport, as well as ordinary daily activities. They do that through a combination of functional movement exercises and cross-training techniques that borrows from Olympic lifting, track and field, and cardio conditioning. While it’s a fast-paced, intense system, its structure allows them to scale it to all fitness levels, opening CrossFit to all ages and experience.
Great minds think alike, and this was definitely true for Kyle Baxter—a professional tree climber—and Bridget Baxter—an accomplished high-school and college cross-country and track runner. Each certified instructor owned or worked at a local Bikram studio, but it wasn’t until they met at a Bikram yoga convention in 2006 that they discovered each other. Now the married couple oversees two Bikram yoga locations, which offer classes for students of any level seven days a week. Each studio is kept at a toasty 105 degrees, and sessions are led by a certified Bikram instructor who guides patrons through muscle-building and stretching poses that promote healthy, lean bodies. A large towel, yoga mat, and water bottle are recommended for each class, so the studios offer rental towels and mats for those whose dog ate their yoga mat along with their homework.
Dribbling dynamo Darren Pitzner leads all clinics and fills sessions with more positive reinforcement than the entire Congratulations section of Hallmark. Expect to get an earful of positive music, motivational speeches, and ethic-enforcing instruction during the practices. Fast-paced drills are organized to whip benchwarmers into big shots and big shots into humungous successes with a variety of game-speed stations (each is 3 to 7 minutes long).
It can be difficult for some people to pinpoint where their passion for their work began. Those people aren't Angela Englehardt, a registered massage therapist and the founder of Ancient Wisdom Healing Arts. As a teen, Angela was diagnosed with several disorders, for which she researched holistic-care options. She saw how these therapies could not only treat her current conditions, but also help her develop a more fulfilling life. Thus, she spent years training in hypnosis, energy work, and Splankna therapy, among others, before opening her business with the goal of sharing this knowledge with her clients.
Today, Angela has rounded up a staff that includes a certified master herbalist, homeopathic expert, hypnotherapist, and even an animal therapist. All of these practitioners share the core mission of helping clients conduct self-exploration and development from the inside, which can help treat physical ailments on the outside. They do so with an extensive service menu comprising acupuncture, meditation, yoga, facials, and doula services.
Every course at Adaptive Tactics Defense Training aims to build students' self-confidence by providing thorough and practical instruction. Introductory-level firearms courses teach attendees to be safe, responsible handgun owners. Additionally, the center offers basic self-defense classes and training for individuals applying for a concealed-carry license.
The highly skilled and knowledgeable instructors strive to create comfortable, relaxed learning environments where safety is still the number-one priority.
Ryan Smith understands the value of defense. The United States Navy veteran has dedicated more than eight years to studying various martial-arts styles, including everything from karate to brazilian jiu jitsu. Ryan also holds certification from the NRA, allowing him to teach the fundamentals of pistol safety.