Studio Central's Shila Tirabassi graduated from The Juilliard School and danced professionally for 12 years. This gave Shila intimate knowledge of the body's potential for athleticism and injury. When she turned to yoga as a means to offset the aches of dance practice, her experience soon inspired her to earn an instructor certification. Today, Shila teaches her students during small group classes that cover yoga and mat Pilates fundamentals, welcoming visitors of all experience levels to learn balance, posture, and how to breathe through the ears. She takes advantage of Pilates apparatus for her private sessions, which can also focus on ballet barre maneuvers or pre- and post-natal workouts.
The Zoom! teeth-whitening system enlists light-activated gel to infiltrate enamel and wash away agents of dental dinginess. At the outset of the procedure, a friendly staffer fits flappers into a plastic mouthpiece, walling off gums, lips, and low-hanging mustaches from collateral bleaching. Each chomper then gets glazed with Zoom!’s proprietary whitening formula and bathed in concentrated light. The beams transform the gel from ineffectual goo into a potent ambrosia that gently dismantles stains left from coffee swilling and eating too many peanut-butter-and-tar sandwiches. Throughout the procedure—which typically lasts around an hour—clients can recline in Obrochta Center’s cozy chairs, listen to music, or even watch television as the Zoom! treatment renders ivory parabolas up to eight shades brighter.
It's been more than two decades since Dr. Kopelman started practicing podiatry, but the entire Kopelman family has been maintaining the health of St. Petersburg feet for more than 40 years. Board-certified in podiatric surgery and wound care, Dr. Kopelman makes house calls when he's not analyzing toes' dreams in his own three offices, in multiple emergency rooms and hospitals, and in clinics across the region. His comprehensive treatment catalog covers orthopedic, disease, skin, and nail issues, and the practice's retail component makes it a one-stop shop.
Medical director Dr. Eric Weinstock draws upon his two areas of expertise, psychiatry and bariatrics, as he helps patients outsmart their extra pounds. By combining vitamins and appetite suppressants (upon doctor approval) with moderate exercise and confidence-boosting counseling, he is able to lighten bathroom-scale loads where other, less personalized programs have failed. And by helping dieters slim down, he is reducing their risk of health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, stroke, and respiratory problems.
Since its founding 90 years ago, YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg has shaped the lives of its members and the direction of its neighborhoods with a full fitness facility and a commitment to community programs and services. The not-for-profit organization stimulates active lifestyles with pulse-hiking equipment and amenities including a 25-yard heated pool, waterslide, and indoor climbing wall. More than 90 weekly group aerobics classes inspire members to torch calories or conquer fear of jumping jacks in a supportive team environment, whereas a children's activity room keeps younger members aged 3 months to 12 years safe and occupied. A vast collection of cardio machines maintains healthy heart rates, and a gymnasium with two basketball courts helps members prepare to win games of horse or quash rebellions led by sentient peach baskets.
The trainers at Best Day Fitness Studio have put as much work into their brains as their bodies. Everyone—including the massage therapists—holds a four-year degree in exercise science, which informs group classes and private sessions with each specialist's analytic expertise. Rather than simply counting reps on the sidelines or hiring a metronome to substitute, trainers strive to educate clients so they understand why and how each maneuver works. They also update an online database of articles and tutorials as supplementary reading for their clients. During classes, trainers prioritize slow and focused movements to build functional fitness and challenge participants at an appropriate pace. With extensive knowledge of anatomy and movement, they also teach lessons on minimalist running technique and provide a suite of specialized appointments for clients who seek physical rehabilitation after a stroke.
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