Heather Patterson trained in yoga for 10 years, loving the relief it brought from the stress generated by her corporate day job. Eventually, she decided she wanted to permanently trade her office for a yoga studio, and moved back home to open PurePower Hot Yoga.
Today, she helps others find relief through yoga by leading vinyasa-style classes in her sweltering studio, where the heat is cranked up to 95 degrees year-round to encourage bodies to sweat. Here, her students flow through a series of poses linked by flowing movements, using their breath to support the transitions between each. Aside from calming the mind, the routines help to increase flexibility and the intense humidity can also assist in the release of bodily toxins, which are known for being sensitive about their frizzy hair.
Even though she earned her massage therapy license in 1999, Alison Wajvoda hasn't slowed down when it comes to education. From a stint as a massage therapy instructor at Chicago's Banner to extra training in nutrition and health management at Purdue University-Calumet, she now combines her bodywork expertise with an understanding of what makes the body tick. She blends this know-how with training in reiki and chakra work, balancing inner energies as well as organic systems. Now the owner of Light Body Wellness, LLC, she sets patients on the path to better living with treatments and services ranging from massage and reiki to nutrition and weight loss counseling.
With a background as a personal trainer, Doctor of Chiropractic John Procopio believes in rooting out the causes of health anomalies rather than just obscuring the symptoms. Throughout his 22 years in practice, Dr. Procopio has perpetually sought out additional certifications, including specialties in acupuncture, lifestyle counseling, and manipulation under anesthesia. The center bolsters Dr. Procopio's preventive approach with an in-house gym, nutritional counselors, and confidence-building tic-tac-toe tournaments, and a team of aestheticians augments inner beauty with facials, waxing, and body sculpting.
The only full-service women-only gym in Highland, Womens Core Fitness Center is a supportive, laid-back environment that welcomes all women to come and work up a sweat. There are multiple cardio and strength-training machines, and clients can work out individually or in small-group fitness classes. Certified instructors lead more than 25 classes per week, ranging from Zumba to INSANITY and Turbo Kick. Personal training and childcare are available as well.
Born and raised in the nearby village of South Holland, Dr. Joseph Paun continues to give back to his community at Paun Family Chiropractic and Wellness, where he and his wife, Dr. Sarah Paun, team up to treat their patients’ ailments with low-risk, holistic remedies. Though they share the same title and surname, Drs. Joe and Sarah each specialize in distinct chiropractic and wellness therapies. Dr. Sarah’s passion for children manifests in her pediatric and pregnancy care, and Dr. Joe’s past involvement in the world of mixed martial arts has led to his interest in nutrition and hypnosis—a technique he once used to make chicken-dancing fools of his opponents.
Though their interests and knowledge span the breadth of chiropractic care, the husband and wife focus their efforts on evidence-based therapies. At the heart of their practice is an emphasis on getting to know patients through in-depth consultations. These consultations often lead the doctors to explore various options such as acupuncture, nutritional guidance, and massage with in-house therapists Stephanie Olenik, Theresa Krohn, and Valerie Bellamy.
A shotgun blast signals the start of the race, and the runners tear off through the woods. All the while, the sounds of growls and moans behind them grow closer. Though held in broad daylight, The Running Dead presents its participants with a chilling challenge: if you're a runner, make it to the finish line in one piece, and if you're a zombie, track down your prey. Regardless of affiliation, the 5K challenges all its guests with a series of man-made and natural obstacles.
Throughout the course, runners are encouraged to work as a team. At the end, those who survive are rewarded with a beer or soft drink and a truce with the zombies. After the race, all are welcome to the Zombie Prom after-party: a horror-centric celebration featuring vegan and carnivore-friendly food, an awards ceremony for the most convincing zombie getups, and a chance to argue with a local principal that the undead shouldn't have to do homework. A DJ drops beats throughout the event, while two local cover bands and a headliner provide a live soundtrack.