The joys of a massage or the relief of a chiropractic adjustment?and the stresses of physical work?play out partly in the muscles. Learn just what pumps the body up with Groupon?s guide to the muscular system.
The human body has more than 630 muscles keeping it upright and mobile. They make up almost half its weight and power the movements of the bones, the blood, and even the food in the stomach. Perhaps the most familiar muscles are those seen in bodybuilding contests and facial-expression contests: the skeletal, or voluntary, muscles. They?re attached to our bones and controlled by our brains, which zap them with electrical signals to cause their fibers to contract. During a muscle contraction, filaments inside the muscle fibers slide together, stacking up on one another so that the larger fiber shortens. In shortening, the fibers gain thickness?a phenomenon we notice as flexing. Whatever muscles do, they accomplish by this single pulling action. If a bicep (part of a category of muscles known as flexors) flexes to lift a barbell, it needs a tricep (an extensor), pulling in the opposite direction, to bring the arm back down.
The other two types of muscles are smooth muscles and cardiac muscles, and both are beyond our conscious control. Cardiac muscles control the beating of the heart, contracting the chambers to push blood throughout the body. But the blood doesn?t ride to the toes on that momentum alone. Lining the blood vessels are smooth muscles that help push it along. These also line the esophagus, stomach, and intestine to move food through the digestive track, and can even help regulate the body?s temperature by opening and closing capillaries near the skin surface, all without conscious effort. The subconscious brain is also happy to turn muscles to ends beyond their apparent purpose: for instance, what we experience as shivering from cold is simply the brain causing the muscles to spasm so they will generate heat and keep your blood and any baby chicks in your coat pockets warm.
Though Magic Brow Threading Salon's staff specializes in making eyebrows look their best—using an ancient threading technique—the salon also offers other beauty services, including facials, waxing, and microdermabrasion. As skincare specialists, the licensed estheticians swear by Dermalogica products, which are available for purchase at the salon. Magic Brow also purveys handbags, fashion accessories, and eyebrow powder and gel.
Most popular service: Facials, chemical peels, aesthetics, medical weight loss
Brands Used: SkinMedica, Botox, Juv?derm
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
The team of doctors and nurses at Before-N-After Weight Loss and Wellness don't operate their center the same way others might. They supplement their weight-loss and anti-aging services with full-time supervision and support from medical professionals, helping their clients get results. Over time, that particular blend of treatment and expertise has won the team a fair amount of recognition. Among their awards, they boast a prestigious Black Diamond rating from Allergan?the maker of Botox and Juv?derm?and were voted the Favorite Weight Loss Center in 2012 by readers of North County Times.
IKON Aveda Salon & Day Spa is an Aveda concept salon with three locations. Though each one has its own unique slate of services, the overall mission is unified?to cultivate stylish, modern looks for its clients and create a welcoming atmosphere. At the Menifee location, master stylists cut, color, and texturize hair, while skin care specialists conduct botanical resurfacing treatments?alternatives to microdermabrasions?that use tourmaline gemstone to gently reduce fine lines and the tiny acrobats who walk them. The Santa Ana and Tustin locations also offer haircuts and hair treatments, as well as a selection of makeup, lash, and skincare services.
During her 11-year stint as a healthcare provider for the fire service, Dawn Saidat saw more than her fair share of body trauma—but she also saw how massage and physical therapy could heal those traumas. So she decided to pursue a career in the healing arts and now performs everything from deep-tissue massage to Reiki energy healing to aromatherapy massage at Dawn's Oasis. She also travels to homes to further reduce a client's stress and see what kind of dishwashing detergent they prefer to use.
"Skincare has always been a passion of mine," says aesthetician Elizabeth Lewis. She's chased this passion all the way to her intimate studio inside Salon Bellezza, where she adopts a clinical approach to soothing her clients' skin. Though she performs six specific facials?such as the vitamin-C facial, designed to soothe sun-damaged skin, and the Spine Chiller, a back facial with exfoliation and massage?she customizes each to her clients' needs. Additionally, she removes unwanted hair with waxing services, and also applies eyelash extensions.