Curves houses a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with women's bodies to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and cope with arthritis. Instead of guests fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches each exerciser's abilities. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, machines use push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can. Every thigh- or torso-transformer is equipped with the CurvesSmart personal-coaching system, which uses programmed information on weight, endurance level, and fitness goals to automatically calibrate the perfect challenge for individual bodies. The CurvesSmart system also delivers a postworkout rundown on the strength built and progress achieved during each session. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage machine-maneuvering and to squirt overheated guests with a Super Soaker.
High Maintenance Cleaning Service's name speaks to the level of quality it pursues in tackling dirt and dust in residential and commercial spaces. Armed with cleaning equipment, staffers scour kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, and living spaces on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, depending on the cleaning plan they draw up with each customer. Cleaners only use safe and environmentally friendly products so that clients stay healthy and their houseplants don’t stage a revolt. The High Maintenance Cleaning Service team is licensed and bonded, which does not mean the staffers are glued to their driver's licenses.
Seven days a week, the partner laundromats hum with the whirring of high-efficiency washers and dryers. Boasting more than 30 years of business, the Chevy Chase location fields a skilled staff that erases blights from duds with 46 single, double, and triple-load washers and 28 dryers, and enables patrons to convert bills into coins with convenient onsite change machines. The laundromat purveys soap, bleach, and fabric softeners. The staff augments this shopping-while-washing experience by entertaining waiting guests with video games, complimentary WiFi, and—remarkably—a standup tanning bed, inside of which, naturally, is a comedian. Alternatively, the Suds 'N Duds location boasts advanced credit-card-operated machinery that washes loads of up to 90 pounds at a time in as little as 40 minutes and treats freshly bathed garments to a complimentary dry. The laundromats also grant customers a free dry with every wash and offer reward points, which—when saved up—can be exchanged for money to use on washing machines and drying machines.
In addition to self-service laundry, both locations offer same-day drop-off services. Their professional staff sorts, washes, and dries clothing using premium detergent and softeners before folding them into neat piles or intricate seersucker airplanes.
First educated in her home country of Romania, Dr. Saxman came to America with her husband, continuing her pursuit of knowledge at the School of Medicine, University of California. There, she found a staff of professors as interested as she was in alternative treatments, and began to study acupuncture and herbal remedies. With her practice—Acupuncture-Integrative Medicine, LLC—now established in Lexington, she blurs the line between Western doctoring and traditional Chinese medicine. She assists clients with weight loss, anti-aging, musculoskeletal therapy, and, of course, acupuncture.
A nationally acclaimed comedy club, Comedy Off Broadway serves up live laughs every Friday and Saturday and many weeknights thanks to a plethora of nationally recognized comedians. Upcoming joke jockeys include comedic melodeer Tim Wilson (December 1–11) and Boston Comedy Festival winner Dwight Slade (December 29–January 1). Choose from the following rib-tickling options, each of which requires a one-drink minimum (alcoholic or non-alcoholic):
Though more than 250 HealthSource clinics dot the country, their approach to chiropractic and rehabilitative care is consistent. Through a method called Progressive Rehab, chiropractic doctors integrate methods of relieving pain, strengthening muscles, and adjusting the spine. Treatments range from therapeutic massage to more space-age techniques such as cold laser therapy to stimulate healing in the body's tissues. The Progressive Rehab approach is designed to go beyond alleviating symptoms, ensuring that ailments go away and return only after thinking about what they've done.