More than 20 years of dental experience has taught Dr. Miguel A. Rivas that comfort is near the top of every patient's list of needs. That's why he has outfitted his office to look as inviting and serene as possible. Soft orange and aqua walls highlight floral prints, bamboo shoots, and decorative mirrors for checking out pearly whites. In the treatment rooms, Dr. Rivas matches this atmosphere with his gentle demeanor. He explains procedures in detail, a trait that kept him out of magician school, and he is empathetic during all services, which range from root canals and implants to veneers and teeth whitening.
CrossFit Kratos's gym bustles with the high-intensity interval training regimens of CrossFit classes, which aim to enhance total-body strength and abet weight loss with functional movements in varying routines. Each session challenges patrons with rigorous workouts—which can be adjusted to suit any fitness level—motivating them toward the ultimate goals of increased endurance, stamina, strength, and agility. The expert instructors guide participants through lunges, pull-ups, box jumps, and push-presses in workout sequences that involve every muscle of the body, including the orbicularis oculi for enhanced winking. Instructors ease new members into the program with a series of three or four introductory lessons included in the membership, during which they will introduce clients to CrossFit's fundamental movements and a typical class’s flow.
Zumba instructor Anais Sori asks that her students bring four things with them to each class: comfy shoes, comfy clothes, a water bottle, and a smile. The last one comes naturally in Sori’s Latin dance-derived Zumba classes, because she emphasizes fun and promotes high-energy movements—to her, every class is a party. Beneath the dance moves lies the classes' practical purpose: each dancer burns calories and boosts his or her cardiovascular fitness.
For instructor and founder Luis Colon, it all starts with three little words: Yes, I can. The third-degree black belt and head instructor at United Martial Arts School preaches a positive attitude as he uses tae kwon do and jujitsu to build self-confidence in his students. Instructors teach self-defense classes for women, mixed-martial-arts classes for adults and teens, and punishing muay thai strikes during private kickboxing classes.
Certified holistic-health coach Elizabeth Rocchino has been trained in more than 100 dietary theories. For her, that's still small beans—she believes that nutrition plans should be customized for individuals, with less rigid rules and more flexibility as to what they can eat. Her approach isn't limited to food, either. On her integrative-nutrition plate, factors such as relationships, career, and exercise border balanced portions of fruits, veggies, and proteins. She examines all of these facets when guiding clients toward weight loss and wellness goals. In addition to personal coaching, she also leads corporate programs, cooking demos, and onsite kitchen makeovers, which leave pantries both organized and wholesome.
Lady of America Women's Fitness Club spreads female-focused wellness across the nation by furnishing each of its franchise locations with equipment and classes designed with women's bodies in mind. Each locale stocks a strength-training area with machines sized specifically for the feminine frame, and ellipticals and stationary bicycles help to chisel gams without transporting users across state borders. Instructors conduct such group classes as kickboxing, belly dancing, and Zumba aboard a floating aerobics floor, whose softened surface diminishes stress on joints. Throughout each facility, personal trainers patrol public zones to acquaint guests with exercise gear or host one-on-one sessions. Depending on the location, clubs might also include complimentary onsite childcare, brow dabbing, and amenities ranging from infrared saunas to manicures.
Acupuncture served as the main healthcare treatment for thousands of years, and it is still the go-to therapy for millions of people worldwide. Acupuncture physician Richard Browne is at the forefront of this field as both a practitioner and an educator.
Browne is the cofounder and president of Acupuncture and Massage College, which has been a community staple for more than 30 years. When not teaching budding acupuncturists how to strategically place needles or deflate sinister-looking balloon animals, he can be found at Affordable Acupuncture Clinic, practicing acupuncture himself or overseeing his interns while they practice it.
Browne and his staff also offer services ranging from cupping therapy to shiatsu massage to Reiki. They work to relieve such ailments as back pain, headaches, and insomnia.