Growing up in Poland, aesthetician Mariusz "Michael" Zaworski was surrounded by natural remedies and fresh foods, which he credits for his dedicated approach to beauty treatments that eschew surgery. After receiving an introduction to essential oils by his acupuncture-physician sister and witnessing the oftentimes negative and costly side effects of plastic surgery, Zaworski headed off to aesthetician's school to turn his interests into a full-fledged career. He now wields his favorite beauty find, the microcurrent machine, during age-defying facial appointments, zapping fine lines, increasing collagen production, and gently cajoling pores into shaping up. Always learning new techniques, Zaworski shares his knowledge with his clients while attending to their inimitable skincare needs and reassuring them that fairies are not dusting their faces with wrinkling dust while they sleep.
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.
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.
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.