Mach 1 Racing Schools provide adrenaline-pumping opportunities, putting patrons at the wheels of stockcars that have raced in cup and nationwide competitions. The three-lap ride-along firmly plants joy-riders in the passenger seat while an instructor hits speeds up to 150 miles per hour, takes straight-aways within inches of the track wall, and crochets kitten mittens between shifting gears. Gift cards can be used toward the purchase of driving programs, which put leadfoots directly in the driver’s seat. Beginner Schools can range from six laps ($369) to 10 laps ($529) to 30 laps ($1,249), and the Advanced Schools ($2,499) offer 50 laps, including 10 laps in a race against an instructor. All rubber gets burned directly onto the Michigan International Speedway, fulfilling dreams of racing without the awkward realization you're driving naked.
SkyWalker Flying helps students learn to fly during in–the-air flight lessons as well as ground school classes. Their trio of experienced flight instructors focus on providing students with an individualized experience to help them achieve their goals such as training for a commercial pilot certification. In addition to lessons, SkyWalker Flying also rents out private planes, sells Allegro Light Sport aircrafts, and has a staff of FAA certified mechanics capable of repairing practically any model of aircraft.
826michigan runs daily tutoring labs at the Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair in Ann Arbor and at Ypsilanti Middle School, where students can work on their homework assignments and special projects guided by trained volunteers. Last year, 826michigan provided afterschool homework help to 297 students. To help fuel students' mental attentiveness, 826michigan feeds them healthy snacks, revving up learning juices with apples, oranges, granola bars, carrots and hummus, yogurt, and cheese and crackers. It costs 826michigan $10 each day to feed healthy snacks to a tutoring lab of 20 students.
To understand the aim of shiatsu massage, it's helpful to look back to the ancient Eastern philosophies that bore it. These philosophies espouse a holistic understanding of the body centered on “energy rivers” that unite every aspect of the being. Shiatsu massage therapists, such as Cynthia Conklin of Eastern Sun Shiatsu, focus their practice on balancing these energy rivers to stimulate the body's own self-healing powers.
During a typical zen-style shiatsu massage with Cynthia, her client lies facedown on a mat as she holds, stretches, and stimulates the body. These targeted pressures may have benefits that extend beyond a deep state of relaxation: Shiatsu devotees claim that it can provide relief from chronic aches and boost the body's resistance to stress and mind-controlling super villains. When she isn't soothing sore backs and shoulders, Cynthia teaches classes that introduce participants to basic shiatsu techniques.
The classes Nataliya Pryzant teaches at her home studio may be friendly and casual, but the curriculum is born from an academic appreciation of the classics. Holding an M.F.A. she earned in Russia—the land of Brullov, Aivazovsky, and Tolstoy's finger-painting nephew, Sergei—Nataliya serves as the artist-in-residence of Rush In Academy, where she helps pupils hone their talents in drawing, painting, and calligraphy as well as pottery, sculpture, and jewelry. While adults can learn techniques in private lessons free from judging eyes, kids gather for group classes and summer camps, where Nataliya challenges them to create their own original works. She also helps high-school seniors applying to art school construct quality portfolios and make a good impression without having to bribe admissions offers by sending them flattering busts of themselves.
As one of Michigan's largest and oldest brokerage firms, Real Estate One shares nearly a century's worth of knowledge during its educational buffet of training courses. The firm's academy invites aspiring and established sales agents to sharpen their skills at classes held around the state, including a Michigan real estate licensing class for those hoping to sell property or additional locker space to gullible high school freshmen. Computer tutelage keeps students abreast of technological requisites, and continuing education programs help licensed agents meet state requirements. To ensure property apprentices graduate packed with knowledge, Real Estate One appoints experienced, respectful instructors to head each course.