When the treadmill incline is at 90 degrees, your fingerprints are etched into the dumbbell grips, and you start talking to the exercise balls, it’s time to pursue a new way to challenge your body. The staff at VIP Women’s Dance invites ladies of all shapes and ages to fill that need with a dance, acrobatic, strength, and aerobic workout performed on a vertical pole. In their intimate studio, 11 brass poles line the hardwood floor surrounded by striped pink walls and black ceilings. During each 45-minute class, ladies try out new dance moves, spin on the pole, and do push-ups, all while learning to support their entire frame with their lower- or upper-body strength. In addition to group classes, the studio also hosts private classes and instructor-led private parties, divulging the sultry art forms of burlesque and belly dance.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Waves aren't created equal—each rolls in differently than the ones preceding and following it, which explains why surfers often lie on their boards, studying the waters in anticipation of the next worthy wave. Reading the waves is one skill; popping up on the board to catch a wave is another. The instructors of Saltwater Cowgirls teach youth and adult, male and female students both skills in year-round private individual and group lessons. Students also learn basic through advanced maneuvers and board maintenance. The staff organizes weekday and weekend surfing camps, meeting up with students directly on the beach.
At Jax Acupuncture, the hands of a skilled acupuncturist, massage therapist, and hypnotherapist combine, using the principles of Chinese medicine to help allay chronic pain disorders and boost bodies to tiptop shape. Complementing a roster of deep-tissue, neuromuscular, and shiatsu massage with herbal therapy, cupping, energy healing, and moxibustion, the holistic professionals can target ailments beyond pain, too, including chronic fatigue, infertility, and autoimmune disorders. Together, their services can restore balance to the body without a trip to a shady back-alley healer.
At Blue Lotus Acupuncture, practitioners Patti Menefee and Chris Rohman stem pain and discomfort by unblocking the body's energy pathways, or meridians. Grounding their practice in the tenets of ancient Chinese medicine, Patti and Chris free obstructions in chi through acupuncture, traditional Chinese herbs, moxibustion, and cupping. The center also offers tuina, a massage technique that integrates acupoints, as well as shoni shin, and hosts acupuncture "Happy Hours" each month that allow patients to receive communal treatments while sipping tea and listening to music.
Since the first therapeutic lasers were cleared by the FDA, Laser Pain Relief Center has kept a close eye on their development. Today, the center uses one of the strongest noninvasive lasers, K-Laser's Class IV laser, to relieve pain with targeted heat. In a matter of minutes, red and near infrared wavelengths dive deep into tissue, stimulating tissue regeneration, reducing inflammation, reducing chronic or acute pain, fighting bacteria, and entertaining cells with laser-light shows. The therapy has been known to diminish discomfort in those suffering from arthritis, carpal tunnel, fibromyalgia, and more, and various college and professional teams use it to for soft-tissue recovery.
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