Helmed by three board-certified physicians, Blue Ridge Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery restores patients' health and beauty through hearing restoration, anti-allergen, and cosmetic procedures. A well-staffed and educated audiology department treats symptoms such as tinnitus and hearing loss through diagnostic testing and clinical treatment. Laser hair removal or Botox injections keep skin looking smooth and youthful, and visits to the allergy department treat otolaryngological disorders. When not repairing sinuses or soothing skin, the doctors enjoy an eclectic range of hobbies, such as playing bass in rock bands, fly-fishing in local rivers, snow skiing, and playing the drums using ski poles.
Three cyclists cruise the calm banks of the James River; one rides a brand new Gary Fisher, one sits atop a tuned-up fixed gear, and the other tests out a Trek rental bike—all thanks to Bikes Unlimited. The store’s downtown location, housed inside a historical brick building constructed in 1897, is stocked with mountain, road, and BMX bikes along with gear such as cycling computers, trainers, and jerseys. Mechanics at the downtown and Wyndhurst locations are on hand to perform necessary tune-ups and repairs, but the shop’s support for the cycling community doesn’t end there; the staff leads regular group rides, helps to build and maintain local mountain-bike trails, and sends cheetahs in pursuit of racers as a motivational tool.
At Wyndhurst Medical Aesthetics, senior medical aesthetician Victoria Lunsford and Dr. Craig Petry combine medical- and pharmaceutical-grade products with their professional know-how to help correct damaged or aging skin. Obagi, SkinMedica, and Latisse are just a few of the top-of-the-line brands incorporated into the company's aesthetic services. Fraxel laser treatments replace damaged skin cells with a fresh new crop, thereby correcting problems such as sun spots, acne scars, and stretch marks; chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments help rejuvenate fading facial skin; and intense pulsed light eliminates acne, hair, and spider veins by compelling them to disco dance until they fall over dead.
At Renaissance Academy of Martial Arts, instructors teach more than proper form for punches and kicks. They put all the moves they teach in the proper context, helping people develop comprehensive self-defense strategies. Students can also expect to increase their physical fitness and build leadership skills. The instructors teach a range of different martial-arts classes; kids' classes tend to focus on karate, whereas adult classes diversify to include jiu jitsu, Thai kickboxing, and Krav Maga.
At Iron and Grace, butterflies can emerge from their corporeal cocoons in kettlebell and Pilates classes that help to build strong and balanced bodies with an emphasis on functional-fitness training. The kettlebell program’s full-body exercises exemplify this approach, eschewing repetitive movements in favor of motor-recruitment patterns centered by the iron cannonball. Kettlebell exercises work the entire body as students hoist and swing them by their attached handle, increasing both cardio and muscular endurance and helping to make everyday tasks such as bicycling and climbing corporate ladders that much easier. Instructor Chad Sexton holds four-hour training sessions a week for small groups of six students or fewer, teaching them the essential moves of his beloved discipline before guiding them onward to the gym’s more advanced kettlebell classes.
I Love Yoga Studio foster a sense of community by creating a space where students of all skill levels can further their individual yoga practice in a safe and welcoming environment. To accommodate the varied needs and interests of their students, the studio's instructors lead classes that draw inspiration from a wide assortment of yoga styles. These range from the introspective practice of Kundalini yoga, which emphasizes mindful breathing techniques and revitalizing meditation, to Vinyasa yoga's dynamic sequences of seamlessly transitioning asanas and coordinated breaths. Regardless of whether students are seeking to improve their strength and flexibility, manage stress, or perfect their staring-contest skills, the classes at I Love Yoga Studio teach attendees to become more tuned to the connections that exist between the mind, body, and spirit. The studio also hosts workshops and therapeutic sessions intended to promote holistic health and wellbeing.