In-Spiraling Movement Arts' co-director Lisa Marie Goodwin-Rice first became intrigued by the Gyrotonic Expansion System while she was dancing for companies such as LA Classical Ballet. Today, she shares her knowledge with students as one of only 16 Gyrotonic Expansion System master trainers throughout the world. Her spouse and directing partner, degreed biologist Jessie Rice, shares her interest in dance and also brings a scientific expertise in physical health.
In Gyrotonic classes, students stretch and twist with the help of pulleys, platforms, and an ape throwing barrels. The exercise style takes inspiration from sources as diverse as dance, gymnastics, and tai chi. The smooth motions of the machines used in the class minimize the risk of injury. Gyrokinesis classes combine the same undulating movements and sources of inspiration as Gyrotonics, but require no equipment other than a floor mat.
In-Spiraling Movement Arts' spa treatments promote wellness with ingredients such as Arnica Gold, a product of Jessie's own invention that causes pores to cry "Eureka!" Body wraps with the minerals of organic moor mud smooth cellulite deposits and slim the physique. The spa's infrared sauna raises internal temperatures and stimulates blood flow to improve the condition of skin and facilitate oxygen distribution.
Sometimes off-the-rack menswear just won?t cut it. Sometimes momentous occasions call for flattering lines and tailored comfort. Sometimes a man just wants to look good. When these times arise, the staff members at Le Monsieur snap into action. They specialize in custom-made suits hand-designed by clients, who choose everything from fabric pulled from a library of more than 10,000 swatches from Zegna, Dormeuil, and Loro Piana to accents including buttons, lapel shapes, and linings. Tailor-ready suits by top menswear makers such as Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Joseph Abboud complement the custom offerings, joined by a robust selection of trousers, sport coats, and Gitman dress shirts. Though the selection may seem daunting at first, staff members take that into account; personal shoppers can help clients find garb that fits their style, and closet-cleanout specialists can rid wardrobes of unflattering pieces.
Those looking for core-toning exercises may feel like they’ve made a wrong turn as they ease down the tree-lined McConnell Boulevard and pull up to a single-family house mid-block. But Pilatesblue owner Jamie K. Ullman sees individual clients from her own home studio in the back, eschewing the bustle of the gym scene for the serenity of a home garage. Ullman has Pilates certifications from Long Beach Dance and Conditioning Academy of Movement, Equinox and Lagree Fitness, among others, and has taught group classes and one-on-one students everywhere from Hollywood to Cape Town, South Africa. Despite the unassuming digs, Pilatesblue has become revered as one of the city’s best spots for straightforward, enjoyable workouts, with Ullman herself regularly regarded as a top trainer across Los Angeles.
Dr. Paul Super helms an experienced team of optical technicians that pampers peepers with thorough exams, contact lenses, and stylish frames. The esteemed Chairman of Optometry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Super draws on knowledge gleaned over years of dedicated practice to restore eagle-eyed vision with prescription lenses and health-boosting vitamins from AmeriSciences. Technicians at EyeSite, an Optometric Group's onsite lens laboratory whittle single-vision and multifocal lenses to fit frames from designers such as Oliver Peoples, Paul Smith, and Tag Heuer. Specialty coatings can be added to spectacles to diminish the glare from oncoming headlights or help locate the escape routes in pitch-dark whale bellies.
Tao of Venus Wellness Center owner Beth Meneley draws on her master's degree in oriental medicine and a passion for healing to protect and mend patients' physiques through a diverse range of holistic therapies. Trained acupuncturists and chiropractors work to realign the body through time-honored methods, and seasoned massage therapists ease pain with a tailored blend of six tension-melting modalities. Thermography specialists boast the ability to detect cancer without the use of radiation through thermal imaging, which aims to find harmful cells through the naturally occurring heat of their weekly bake-offs. Before and after appointments, patients sip steaming cups of tea in an intimate relaxation room dotted with leafy plants, Eastern totems, and modern furnishings.
After graduating from the University of Buenos Aires Medical School, Dr. Miles Reid teamed with Aerin Alexander to co-found Tilo Medical and Acupuntcure. The practice reflects their shared interest in ancient Mexico's shamanistic traditions and healing arts. As a result, they and their staff provide integrative medicine treatments like acupuncture, bodywork, and herbal therapy. In addition to alleviating pain, one of the center's core missions is to help patients feel more comfortable in their bodies, primarily through advanced modalities such as Gyrotonic exercises and The Feldenkrais Method.