For more than 40 years, the staff at Bob's Bike Shop has been matching customers to new two-wheeled companions. Staffers specialize in maintaining the individual parts of nearly all bicycle makes and models, correcting damage caused by routine wear and tear, as well as storage in a garage that angry raccoons have claimed as their home. Their tune-ups include brake and gear adjustment, chain greasing, and detail cleaning. In an effort to become an authority on BMX bikes and products, the staffers spend much of their time attending races and freestyle-cycling events.
The body is an intricate system of bones and organs bonded by connective tissue, fascia, and superglue. It stands to reason that If one part becomes misaligned, others must compensate. Licensed massage therapist Scott Gould aims to find the sources of imbalances in the body and set them right with massage modalities ranging from Swedish strokes to trigger-point therapy and deep-tissue pressure.
Red Ember Medical Weight Loss & Wellness Center’s health coaches, nutrition counselors, and doctors don't use calorie counting to help clients ditch extra pounds. Rather, they do so by identifying the root causes of the surplus weight. During one-on-one consultations, they zero in each person's body chemistry and focus on resetting metabolism with dietary and nutritional modifications, as well as lifestyle advice, detoxification plans, and medical weight loss plans. Through these custom weight-loss programs, the professionals aim to reduce cravings and cure nightly habits of kicking the refrigerator.
Inside Advance Medical Rehabilitation Center, a team of chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists, and physical therapists combine their expertise to straighten spines and improve overall health. The center’s techniques can assuage anterior aches from work- or auto-related injuries or sore necks from watching for falling pianos. Additionally, the experts wield a laser in their pursuit of removing unwanted fuzz, extra poundage, or cravings for nicotine.
Admittance to AnvilWorks isn’t a given. That’s because the personal trainer who established it wanted to assist those who were serious about getting in shape—and to turn away anyone with a lukewarm attitude. So before working out with trainers one on one, in pairs, or in groups of six, visitors must complete a thorough consultation and “assessment workout.” The workout, which is videotaped for AnvilWorks’ Club Pro and senior trainers, measures commitment to fitness. If trainers sense a genuine desire to overturn unhealthy habits, they welcome clients to work out using one of their high-intensity exercise tracks.
Motivating, highly trained staff and spacious facilities complement Charter Fitness's battalion of cardio machines and strength-training equipment. Huge flat-screen TVs motivate gym-goers as they lift weights, stationary bikes, and their reflections in large mirrors. Seasoned personal trainers who all hold certifications or four-year degrees in their specialty guide members through an initial personal-training session, introducing clients to the best equipment for their fitness goals. After workouts, private showers or public water fountains sluice away sweat.
When teeth in northern Illinois need a little tender loving care, there's no shortage of expert dental practices willing to help them out. In North Aurora, Drs. Melissa Ledwidge and Ingy Nessim at North Aurora Dental Associates emphasize lifetime preventive care through services ranging from general cleanings and Invisalign regimens to oral cancer screenings and root canal therapy. Much like her colleagues in North Aurora, Dr. April Kennedy at Rockford's Affordable Dentistry Today combines comprehensive treatments with same-day emergency services, alleviating the pain associated with infections and abscesses with speed and precision. At Sycamore's Family Dental Care, Drs. Long Pham and Julie Galloway pair their extensive professional experience with a dedication to patient comfort, allaying anxieties through calm, sure-handed handling of treatments large and small.
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