The certified reflexologists and licensed massage therapists at Body & Sole Reflexology and Spa want each of their treatments to evoke the relaxing sensations of a seaside vacation. They seem to have taken this idea and ran with it, decorating each of their spa?s rooms with tokens that recall a distinct tropical locale. From the Tahiti room?s wall-length mural of an island sunset to the South Pacific suite?s two plush beds?each outfitted with an inflatable lifejacket?not a single element spoils the impression of an exotic getaway.
The staff?s dedication to this theme mirrors their dedication to soothing clients? stresses with reflexology, massage therapy, and other relaxing body treatments. A science-based therapy that focuses on energy pathways in the feet, hands, ears, and face, reflexology manipulates these reflex points to improve circulation and help the body recover from physical and emotional stresses. A wealth of massage techniques?ranging from the long, gentle strokes of Swedish to the moisturizing essential oils of aromatherapy?similarly reduce stress and set muscles on the path to recovery. Though treatments tend to be designated to particular rooms, the communal Lava Lounge stays open to all guests, who can admire its glowing collection of custom jewelry and kick back on couches stuffed with pillowy volcanic ash.
Aikido is the "loving protection of all beings," in the words of Morihei Ueshiba, who created the martial-arts style. Although it sometimes incorporates wooden weapons, at its heart, aikido seeks to act as a replacement for violence. Greg O'Connor, founder and chief instructor at Aikido Centers of New Jersey, brings Ueshiba's tenets to his students, who have included children and seniors, as well as members of the New Jersey State Police, the Department of Homeland Security, and the US Secret Service. O'Connor and more than 40 other instructors teach students self-defense tactics that redirect attacks, as well as more advanced methods that include wooden sword and staff training and aikido's dramatic falls and rolls.
As travelers steer one of Strasburg Scooters' vehicles over the winding back roads of Lancaster County, they encounter a less hurried world, populated by horse-drawn buggies and schoolhouses used by the county's Amish constituents. On the covered-bridge tour, for example, they visit bridges built prior to 1884?the date when the helicopter was invented, which rendered bridges obsolete. The tour covers more than 40 miles and pauses for photo opportunities at several historic covered bridges. Strasburg Scooters adds a brewery stop to one of its other tours and also leads expeditions through the countryside to locate some of the tastiest jellies, jams, and treats.
In a new office outfitted with advanced systems, Dr. Allan Burke of Friends Foot Care treats issues that range from unsightly toenail fungus to foot fractures. He eliminates fungal growth on and beneath the nail bed with an advanced laser system. For patients with injuries or imbalances, he reveals the exact dimensions of the feet with a digital scanner before crafting custom-tailored orthotic inserts. If local anesthetic is required for a treatment, he delivers it to the skin using a minimal-pain device that inserts pH-balanced solution.
Power Train Sports & Fitness designed their classes for students of all athletic ability. Each workout combines cardio intervals with strength training to build lean muscle and maximize fat burn. Classes are taught with a personalized touch and are designed to keep clients engaged to maximize results.
At 14 facilities across the U.S., Power Train Sports & Fitness' trainers and fitness professionals have helped clients attain their personal goals, whether its a pro football player looking for a professional career or an everyday exerciser trying to find a healthier physique. To do so, trainers don't use a Magic-8 ball; instead, they ask a lot of questions, and then design fitness programs around a client's specific targets. The resulting programs can achieve everything from improved overall fitness and weight loss to enhanced core strength and better flexibility.