Salon Ultima pampers clients from scalp to toe with its indulgent spa services. The menu of beautifying treatments is diverse, ranging from facial waxes and hairstyling to restorative mani-pedis with long-lasting gel polish. Guests may also revamp their complexions with microdermabrasion or request a permanent-makeup consultation with a licensed cosmetologist.
In one private dental-treatment room, a patient reclines while swaddled in a soft blanket, listening to Sirius XM radio. Next door, in a chamber dedicated to Zoom! whitening, Sony movie glasses transmit moving pictures as dinginess leaches from teeth. According to hygienist Jenn Martin, regular patients like to call Prestige Dentistry "a spa for their teeth," as comfort is paramount in this modern office paneled in golden wood and cream-colored walls. Staying at the forefront of technology with an all-digital office, the dentists peer at biters with interoral cameras and look beneath surfaces with digital x-rays, which, like transcripts of the president's personal phone calls, can be viewed from any computer in the office. An onsite lab and mill enable crowns and any other tooth-replacement options to be forged on the same day as a patient's visit. Prestige Dentistry's staff regularly reaches out to the community with informational events, including visits to schools and adult-care facilities. During the field trips, the professionals explain how good dental care contributes to overall health and better times during no-hands pie-eating contests.
Surrounded by Yoga Shakti’s cheerful orange walls, yogis lift their hands toward the ceiling, root the balls of their bare feet into the wood floor, and stretch toward the sunlight that streams in through the window. During classes, instructors lead practitioners through their customized series of postures, which draw from several yoga styles to vary the routine and address specific goals. Classes range from gentle yoga, which focuses on meditation and breathing; to more rigorous Vinyasa flow, which links challenging postures to one another through the breath; to hot yoga, whose elevated temperature challenges students, allows for deeper stretches, and detoxes the body. The instructors also offer yoga-for-back-pain classes, which aim to increase mobility in stiff backs caused by injury, stress, or walking under the limbo stick in your doorway.
As a mother of two, Dr. Cristen M. Mendoza has a naturally nurturing disposition. That comes in handy when setting patients at ease, a process that's complimented by her thorough explanation of treatments and the office's gently singing whale. Patients enlist her services in simple matters such as cleanings and picking out a toothbrush to more complex treatments, such as veneers, bridges, cavities, and extractions.
Chris Sutton’s vast knowledge of self-defense and fitness stems from his extensive martial arts training, as well as a law enforcement career that pitted him against ruthless criminals. At two locations, Chris and his fellow instructors teach students how to combat both attackers and stale fitness routines, including with C.O.B.R.A., a 10-week reality self-defense course designed by Chris. They also offer classes in kickboxing, mixed martial arts, and after-school karate for kids.
At Aikido Academy of Martial Arts, Sensei Elliott Schwartz and his nationally certified instructors works to teach adults and kids the self-defense techniques of Nihon Goshin aikido, a method that draws from other martial-arts modalities, including jujitsu, karate, and judo. In an encouraging and accessible atmosphere, classes teach techniques such as throws, joint locks, and strikes to students ranging from newcomers to prospective instructors.