Paula’s Now and Zen is owned and operated by a holistic health practitioner intent on helping her clients reach optimal health. She fosters feelings of well-being on the inside and out with a range of treatments that includes Swedish, craniosacral, and hot-stone massages, as well as aromatherapy treatments that combine bodywork with the pleasant and therapeutic scents of eucalyptus, lavender, and rosemary.
One way to get an exceptionally close look at picturesque Alamitos Bay is to ride atop its churning surf on one of Long Beach Hydrobikes's stable, pedal-powered water cycles. The company ensures that renters catch the bay's most noteworthy sights, providing them with a map detailing the location of a bird sanctuary as well as a cove where jellyfish delicately billow in certain months. Avid pedalers generally cruise at speeds of up to 7 miles per hour, exercising bodies with a workout that takes advantage of water resistance to jettison excess calories out to sea. As there is virtually no risk of capsizing, riders may wear anything from a bathing suit to a water-soluble prom dress. The hydrobikes come equipped with storage compartments, drink holders, and a wealth of extra space to invite pets along for the ride, free of charge.
Southern California Helicopters’ meticulous introductory flight-training program prepares students for supplemental instruction using classroom materials and hands-on experience. Neophyte pilots begin aviation explorations with 30 minutes of ground instruction, where a knowledgeable instructor imparts lessons on navigating the instrument console and understanding right-of-way at a four-way stop. With book smarts cemented, students climb into one of the school’s helicopters and ascend into the open skies, one-on-one with a pilot, for a 30-minute flight. At a safe altitude, instructors shift control to the pupils, giving them the opportunity to experience a thrill usually enjoyed only by weather balloons and mice that have stowed aboard a radio-controlled zeppelin.
As they have since 2001, California Flight Center helps aspiring pilots earn their wings with commercial pilot training, private pilot lessons, and helicopter flight instruction. From an outpost at Long Beach Airport, the facility boasts a well-maintained fleet of training and rental aircraft, but simply owning those sky rides isn't enough. California Flight Center makes sure each is equipped with the latest technology, including weather equipment and GPS systems so students don't have to face the shame of asking a nearby bird for directions. The center's dedication to outstanding training tools continues to the ground as well, where pilots can step into the full-motion Redbird FMX airplane flight simulator, a level-three flight-training device certified by the FAA.
The chopper-whisperers of Rotor Aviation help make would-be pilots' sky-bound dreams come true. One of the aviation center's most popular services is its training program, whose classes range from casual workshops to pilot-certification prep courses for the most serious students. Experienced pilots can rent out Rotor Aviation's helicopters, which is also helpful for those looking to use an intimidating-looking paperweight during their first few days at the office. The on-staff pilots also use those choppers to take aerial photographs, help dry construction sites, and add glitz to special events such as weddings or marriage proposals.
Though the crew at Fly Light Sport CA has logged more than 3,000 combined hours in the air, the same can't be said for the fleet?none of the young, modern aircraft flies more than 100 hours a week, ensuring the planes and their engines stay in top condition. During license classes and quick discovery flights along the California coastline, aspiring pilots take the reins of a Remos GX, one of the most advanced planes in the industry. Constructed from a kevlar-carbon fiber, these German-designed, factory-built aircraft boast foldable wings, a safety rocket parachute, the ability to fly without doors, and a high-tech interface?all state-of-the-art features that help pilots feel as if they're flying a modern version of the future's docile cyber-pigeons.