The experts at Northstar Facial & Body Sculpting know that there is no way to turn back the clock, but they also know that time?s body-wearying effects aren?t as unchangeable as its passage. They fight the wrinkles and blemishes that accumulate over the years with FDA-approved Beautiful Image microcurrent technology. During facials, the currents stimulate blood flow and mitigate blemishes while tightening and smoothing skin, giving clients an alternative to remedies such as undergoing surgically invasive face-lifts or taping baby pictures to their foreheads. The center also uses the technology for body sculpting, which works to ease cellulite, diminish sagging, and erase scars and stretch marks. In addition to these microcurrent treatments, Northstar delves into elastin-infusion therapy, which was developed to heal soldiers injured in Iraq. Now cleared for civilian use, the therapy helps the body retain collagen, which aids in skin hydration and can mitigate laughlines around the eyes and mouth.
Above & Beyond The Pilates Studio teaches three versions of its namesake class, but all rely on the same established principals. Each class focuses on the importance of a strong core and straightened posture to help correct bodily imbalance and strengthen and lengthen muscles. Instructors use a mat and fitness accessories to achieve this during basic classes, but take the routine to a ballet barre during advanced and Pilates barre classes, which help sculpt the legs while still challenging the core. During each one-hour session, students will fine-tune mental focus and rhythmic breathing in order to complete moves with greater self-awareness, grace, and appreciation for the plight of oxygen masks.
The studio isn't focused on Pilates alone, however. It also arranges one-on-one personal-training sessions and adapts exercises specifically for golfers during Golf Advantage courses, which can help stabilize hips and shoulders during long bouts on the green.
Operating under the umbrella of Chicagoland Smile Group, the staff at both Olympia Fields Dental Associates and Oak Park Dental Group work to keep smiles healthy and bright. Although both dental teams are adept at general dentistry, helping patients maintain glittering smiles without using actual glitter, they also hold specialists among their ranks. These specialists have skills in oral surgery and extractions, as well as dental implants that can sometimes be made in just one day.
Both practices also strive to stay ahead of the curve in treatment technology. At Olympia Fields, high-powered microscopes and other tools give restorations a precise and comfortable fit, while at Oak Park, 3-D x-rays give dentists a better view of the entire mouth.
Since becoming a pro instructor in 1988, PGA teaching professional Michael Camastro has fine-tuned the swings of aspiring aces in more than 25,000 lessons. When Michael encounters a new swing, he looks for subtle adjustments he can make to improve it without disrupting the natural style of the students' form. To help reveal problematic swing habits or the translucent souls of any loitering poltergeists, Michael uses slow-motion video swing analysis in all private lessons, one of many technological teaching aids he calls upon to enhance his diagnostic powers. With a staff that consists of two head instructors and three assistant aces, Michael Camastro Golf Academy spreads score-shaving tactics and techniques in private, group, and imaginary golf lessons.
Anchored by owner and certified personal trainer Damon Burrell, Heaven and Hell Bootcamp's staff of workout wonks help clients conquer fitness goals in group boot-camp classes and private training sessions. With a regimen of 15 boot-camp classes lasting 40–45 minutes and held every weekday—as well as three Saturday morning sessions—Heaven and Hell keeps chests heaving, heart rates thumping, and sequined leotards shimmering at a rate that suits almost any schedule. The high-octane group workouts change each day, but typically feature agility training, calisthenics, cardio exercise, and core strengthening achieved by hoisting dumbbells, jumping rope, and stealing medicine balls from the nests of predatory birds of flight. For more individualized attention, the gym plumbs the murky depths of clients' fitness capacities to craft custom training regimens for use in private personal-training sessions.
Prairie Yoga's expert instructors encourage anxious bodies to improve strength, focus, and relaxation through a variety of classes held inside their spacious studio seven days a week. Standard yoga classes are offered in beginner, continuing, and intermediate sessions, allowing students of all skill levels to glean fundamentals, refine foundations, and channel their inner Buddhas. The hot Forrest-yoga-inspired class takes place in an 80–85 degree room, the scorching colloquium dedicated to the synchronicity of breath, core-strengthening poses, and instilling visions of dancing chili peppers in pupils' heads. Students can also dedicate the mind to Zen-like focus while practicing simple physical postures in the Yoga and Mediation class. Students should bring their own yoga mat and towel. A full list of classes can be viewed at Prairie Yoga's online schedule.