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At a young age, Dr. James E. McMinn accompanied his army father across the world—a journey that gained the attention of Birmingham Medical News. This early exposure to other cultures introduced Dr. McMinn to a panoply of cultures, but most importantly, it taught him to find common ground between his beliefs and those of others. Now, as an established Western-trained doctor with more than two decades of experience, Dr. McMinn has found a balance between healing patients with science-based treatments and holistic therapies. And it is back in his hometown of Birmingham that he provides these [integrative medical](http://www.mcminnclinic.com/about/integrative-medicine] services at his namesake clinic.
Dr. McMinn leads a dedicated team, working from the belief that health issues, including fatigue, hair loss, and low libido, can be prevented. He’s even formulated foundations of wellness, which label "nutrition, hydration, exercise, and sleep" as the basic building blocks of healthy living. From that foundation, the staff—which includes a doctor of Chinese medicine, registered nurse, professional counselor, and medical assistants—aims to attack maladies at the root with a variety of treatments, such as acupuncture, hormone therapy, and FDA breast-cancer screenings with thermography.
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Devised by Pure Barre founder Carrie Rezabek, these fusion classes balance the grace of dance with the exertion of lifting and the soothing stretch of stretching. Each 55-minute session loosens, strengthens, and lengthens the body through a smooth blend of the ballet barre, weight training, and limbering Pilates. In the process, you'll tone your tush, thighs, hips, arms, and abs; burn fat efficiently; and block out the invasive anxieties of the real world, such as the lingering dread that squirrels are evolving faster than us and will soon top the food chain. Because the Pure Barre workout shuns any jumping or bouncing movement, already overworked and somewhat disgruntled joints will be spared any further stress. Classes are scheduled in the morning and evenings most days of the week.
Full-time moms and certified trainers host each Mommy And Me Time session in the spirit of camaraderie, building a supportive environment that encourages patrons to share their fitness goals with one another. Fitness classes obviate the need for moms to find a sitter when they work out, as children are a part of each session and absorb the importance of physical wellbeing by participating or serving as cuddly free-weights in a regimen of cardio and strength routines. Core-refining ab training complements tension-unwinding stretch sessions to work out limbs, and the staff excuses any tots that don't develop six-packs or the ability to bench press their own bassinet. They also accommodate wee ones with a play area for exploring once they decide they are finished with the regular workout.
During Mommy and Me Play Time classes moms and their young ones band together for a stimulating play date. As moms meet other moms and kids learn to socialize with other children, the whole group joins in sing-alongs and parachute play. Obstacle courses and games like "Simon Says" and "Red Light Green Light" also serve to boost confidence and promote kinesthetic learning?using one's body to challenge one's mind.
The age-old disciplines of boxing and kickboxing get the state-of-the-art treatment at Gauntlet Fitness, where professional trainers teach high-intensity one-hour classes in a custom-built gym. David Sheram and Aaron Crocker lend their disparate disciplines of martial arts and personal training to the machinery. Their non-contact, total-fitness workouts build strength, stamina, flexibility, and confidence with 16 ever-changing circuit stations.