Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help to manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use participants' own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottles to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can. Between each weight station lies a recovery board where ladies cool down while walking, jogging, or running in place to keep up momentum. With each workout warrior at a different station, the only competition that exists is with one's own burgeoning muscles.
Located in Sears stores or at adjacent offices, Sears Optical's independent optometrists screen peepers to determine accurate prescriptions and diagnose any health problems. As doctors position a refractive device over the eyes, flipping through lenses of varying strengths, patients describe the level of clarity with which they can see the purple zebra dancing in the far corner. In addition to the prescriptive exam, doctors may use eye drops to dilate the pupil to scrutinize the retina.
Allied Healthcare Services' chiropractors, nutritionists, and soft-tissue and yoga therapists pool their talents to alleviate patients' ailments and bolster their health without resorting to invasive treatments. A chiropractic duo, Joshua Vickers and Adam Helie rehabilitate spines with hands-on realignment techniques and thorough back-health evaluations before releasing them back into the wild. Certified as a yoga therapist through the Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda, Carolyn Midland aids clients in easing their mental stresses and loosening their muscles through stretches and poses. Greg Gillette helps patients improve their energy and health with nourishment counseling services designed to meet individual needs.
Having analyzed skin for more than 15 years, licensed aesthetician Patricia Scarr has the know-how to treat a variety of skin conditions. She and her team employ all-natural products by Éminence Organic Skin Care during skincare services such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and microcurrent facials. They employ red, blue, yellow, green, and plaid LED light to target specific issues such as acne or sun damage. A licensed massage therapist who has worked on celebrities and professional athletes uses hot stones to enhance the benefits of a relaxing Swedish massage. She also performs reflexology sessions on the feet, aiming to restore bodily balance and health.
The image experts at Ethnic Skin Clinic and EuroSlim Centre use an individualized approach to bring out their clients' inner beauty. The team of aestheticians can customize their high-tech treatments to suit specific skin issues for a range of ethnicities, including Caucasian, African-American, Asian, Latino, and many others. Even their pampering spa treatments come customized, enticing the senses with aromatherapy massage in the client's choice of essential-oil blends.
To whittle down inches, Angel and her staff at EuroSlim Centre use noninvasive, computer-controlled technology that beautifies clients' skin and bodies. The team draws upon more than 12 years of experience at its former location in London to recommend treatments, employing infrared-based devices such as the Cellutronic system to melt fat and the Bioskin Las system to resurface skin while promoting collagen growth. The signature Transion machine contracts muscles with a low-level electric current, simulating the effects of a workout without the repetitive commands to "feel the burn."
"I have candles burning, I have beautiful music playing–it's actually quite remarkable how relaxed a person gets," says Michele Hambach, CHT, describing the atmosphere in her colon-hydrotherapy treatment room at The Boulder Center for Vibrant Health. Warm neck wraps and abdominal massages add to the sense-soothing nature of Michele's colonic sessions, while upgrades such as a hot-towel massage renders more relaxation than cuddling with a terry cloth TV.
In an effort to make colorectal cancer screening a less melancholy experience, Michele offers a pre-colonoscopy treatment that takes the place of swigging a gallon of NuLytely solution and spending the day on the commode.
If the body is an orchestra made up of many systems performing together harmoniously, then the staffers at BoulderBodyworks strive to be conductors who ensure each instrument section plays its part the best of its ability. Fueled by this total-body approach, the team aims to help clients achieve natural homeostatic balance through exercise, massage therapy, and neuromuscular science. Working as a network, they combine their many certifications and experiences—be it 30 years working as a Pilates instructor or receiving an education from the Hendrickson Method Institute—to help clients treat their whole being. They host small-group Pilates classes, which can potentially aid in injury recovery and chronic pain management as well as physical fitness, and received Best Pilates Studio from the Boulder Weekly's Best of Boulder 2010 and 2011. Boulder Bodyworks also features yoga classes, banishes tension with eight distinct types of massage, helps bodies recuperate with physical therapy, and summons better postures with the Franklin Method, an approach to training that seeks to correct slouches spawned from working at a desk all day or training to become an Olympian leap-frogger.