Personal trainer Lori Paris doesn't just praise her clients to motivate them. She's convinced the ocean to cheer them on with roaring waves and refreshing spritzes of saltwater. Paris takes workouts into the great outdoors, leading boot camps and yoga classes on local beaches. Here, sand cushions your shoes during running drills and holds hands in place during downward dogs. Paris draws upon several NASM certifications to impart strength-training fundamentals, which take the shape of push-ups, planks, and dumbbell exercises. During one-on-one training, Paris targets the client's goals with custom-built workouts that incorporate stretching, toning, and cardio. In addition to hosting outdoor exercise sessions, Paris coaches personal-training clients in their homes, online, and during tug-of-war matches between rival kennel clubs.
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.
The motivating instructors at CROME propel clients through their CROME (Challenging Results-Oriented Measured Exercise) program, which utilizes 31 different workouts in order to tone muscle and roast calories. Each day of the month features a different workout to keep muscles guessing and to maximize intensity while minimizing stress on ligaments and joints, and the results of each workout are recorded, allowing clients to track their fitness progress.
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.
"Something hurts." The doctors at Absolute Medical Clinic?which has multiple locations in Jacksonville and its surrounding areas?are used to hearing that from their patients. Fortunately, their clinics' thorough diagnostics systems can swiftly pinpoint the issue in most cases. After x-rays, ultrasounds, or other tests, they work with men, women, and kids to develop an appropriate treatment plan.
Like a truck driver who's way ahead of schedule, their treatment plans might take a lot of different routes. In addition to chiropractic treatments, the doctors on staff have experience in rehabilitation, physical therapy, and various forms of medical care. They work alongside massage therapists, and the team also gives guidance on nutrition and overall health. Med spa treatments including laser hair removal and body contouring mean that the outside of the body gets almost as much attention as the inside.
For Sarah Wilde, therapy is both a passion and a pursuit. Her journey of healing began when she was a student at the Art Institute of Chicago and found her paintings to be a form of personal therapy. She splashed acrylics onto canvas and mixed them with bits of sand and leaves, creating swirling gases in the cosmos as a way of connecting her inner life with the outside world.
Once Sarah?s studies came to an end, she directed her passion into massage therapy to help people to achieve the same wellness she felt while painting. She explored a variety of Eastern medicine techniques, including acupuncture, reiki, and energy medicine treatments, and she founded Dancing Phoenix Wellness, named for a mythical bird that, according to a Chinese proverb, ushers in peace and tranquility when it dances and does the Worm. Patrons sip complimentary tea while they wait for treatments in a room bathed in the soft glow of tea lights and filled with the scent of eucalyptus and lavender aromatherapy oils.