For more than a decade, physical therapist Amy Fischer helped clients recover from a range of orthopedic and sport injuries. These days, she blends her knowledge of the body with her passion for Pilates at her two Pure Pilates studios—one in Laguna Niguel and the other in Ladera Ranch—each of which host regular classes alongside specialized sessions for golfers, breast cancer survivors, and moms-to-be.
Surrounded by tranquil Asian-inspired décor, Amy and her team of instructors guide students of all levels through private and group Pilates classes, which aim to strengthen core muscles while improving flexibility and posture. After being divvied up into Level 1 or Level 2–3 sections, students learn a variety of exercises on a reformer machine built from adjustable ropes, pulleys, and springboards reclaimed from the days of vaudeville. Amy and her team also offer slower-paced courses for seniors as well as physical therapy sessions that speed healing with modified Pilates exercises paired with a personalized at-home exercise program.
Whether navigating shady avenues on a walk around the block or helping climbers stake their claim as masters of nature atop the snowy peaks of Mt. Everest, the human body's immaculate machinery helps people turn their desires into reality. But, like any machine, bodies occasionally break down. When that happens, it's time to consult experts like the ones found at Ladera Family & Sports Chiropractic. There, Dr. Scott MacAdam soothes aching backs and realigns disjointed spines with precision chiropractic care learned during more than two decades of private practice experience. In addition to traditional adjustments, Dr. MacAdam prepares athletes for the upcoming season with spinal traction and roller massage tables, and eliminates allergy stressors with CranioBiotic treatments. His licensed staff of massage therapists, acupuncturists, two associate doctors also eases woes with holistic treatments, and guides clients toward optimal health with simple diet changes, such as eating more plant-based foods and less concrete.
At B-MegaFit / Lagree Fitness, upbeat instructors help students burn calories and tone muscles in 45-minute circuit routines based on the principles of fitness guru Sebastien Lagree. The company is one of the few fitness studios to employ the newest iteration of Lagree's signature equipment, the Megaformer M3, which puts a high-intensity spin on the traditional Pilates reformer. Outfitted with a sliding platform, adjustable handlebars, and cables, the machine allows for serious exertion while minimizing the risk of injury, making it perfect for those who are tired of standard exercise routines or who suffer from joint pain caused by high-impact workout regimens. Clients use the Megaformer M3 during classes that focus on slow, controlled motion to tone muscles, boost flexibility, and generally maintain a youthful appearance.
At Pacific Women's Center Aesthetics, a team of experts works together to provide medical-grade skincare services to its clients. In addition to providing the staff members with superpowerful vision, lasers are used for hair-removal and skin-tightening treatments. Guests can also combat signs of aging with Botox, dermal fillers, and IPL photofacials. Skin beautification doesn't end there, though. Microdermabrasion treatments, chemical peels, and clinical facials also target specific skin concerns. Once skin is looking its best, women can turn their attention to eyelashes, adding length and thickness with lash extensions.
Medx Healthcare offers a full range of treatments for patients? cosmetic and medical needs. Services include med spa treatments such as Botox injections; dermatology treatments such as FDA-approved TheraClear acne therapy; and medical treatments for colds, flus, and minor injuries. The staff of experts includes board-certified emergency physician Dr. Christian Rank, seasoned dermatologist Dr. Johnnie Woodson, and licensed aesthetician Kjerstin Nomad.