Sometimes, great things come in small packages. A prime example is acupuncture, which uses hair-thin needles to treat dozens of health problems, including digestive disorders, arthritis, high blood pressure, seasonal allergies, and molting. Acupuncture patients at Fort Collins Community Acupuncture recline in cozy lounge chairs during appointments, letting relaxation wash over them. To better serve clients, the staff also mixes Chinese herbs that clients can take at home and offers reiki sessions to bring the body and mind into harmony.
Abbye Silverstein has an extensive education in the healing arts. She's studied psychology, addictions, and counseling in addition to acupuncture. At Acupuncture Access, she is able to use all of her educational experience. She heals clients mentally, physically, and emotionally through five-element acupuncture, which matches patients with one of 12 personality types and treats them based on this match.
For nearly a decade, the nationally certified instructors at ATA Family Martial Arts have taught students how to block, strike, and kick in a series of self-defense patterns. Classes for kids as young as 4 focus on coordination, listening skills, and confidence, and adult-geared classes teach sparring and weapons training.
Rising Lotus Yoga and Massage’s experienced instructors guide students from all walks of life during daily Vinyasa yoga classes to help build strength, flexibility, and tranquility. To help each pupil grow, teachers dispense personalized feedback while walking groups through poses and breathing exercises in a vibrant, dance-like flow. Students of all skill levels, including new students and those recovering from injuries, follow along with instructors, getting pose modifications to make each movement accessible and understandable.
Friday-night flows summon a spirit of giving as Rising Lotus Yoga partners with local charities to donate all of the proceeds to charity. Filled with gentle stretches and easy-to-follow poses, prenatal and restorative classes pepper the schedule with alternatives to athletic Vinyasa sessions. To complement the slate of yoga classes, the studio’s owner, massage therapist Amanda Workman-Lutter, relaxes muscles and treats pain with a variety of massage modalities.
Great minds think alike, and this was definitely true for Kyle Baxter—a professional tree climber—and Bridget Baxter—an accomplished high-school and college cross-country and track runner. Each certified instructor owned or worked at a local Bikram studio, but it wasn’t until they met at a Bikram yoga convention in 2006 that they discovered each other. Now the married couple oversees two Bikram yoga locations, which offer classes for students of any level seven days a week. Each studio is kept at a toasty 105 degrees, and sessions are led by a certified Bikram instructor who guides patrons through muscle-building and stretching poses that promote healthy, lean bodies. A large towel, yoga mat, and water bottle are recommended for each class, so the studios offer rental towels and mats for those whose dog ate their yoga mat along with their homework.
Chris Gubbels, doctor of chiropractic, inspires patients to take charge of their own backbones by teaching them about their bodies through tests and exercises. In his free time, he keeps his own physique in prime condition by entering CrossFit competitions and reinforcing his skeleton with iron rivets. Certified weight-loss coach Darcy Gavaldon heads up a slimming program designed to eliminate fat without shrinking muscle mass.