Doctor of Chiropractic Phillip Meyers and his wife, professional counselor Emily Meyers, take a holistic approach to health that combines advanced technology with traditional chiropractic and massage techniques. Dr. Meyers, for example, employs the gentle adjustments of chiropractic plus kinesiology to relieve ailments that range from headaches to back pain. Though he relies partly on personal consultations, a subconscious computerized integrative operating system—SCIO—helps him diagnose concerns. For their part, the center’s experienced massage therapists keep busy relaxing tension and loosening muscular knots with talent unheard of since Houdini’s final escape from Earth.
Though they are all licensed to lead group workouts, the instructors at ZPower Fitness feel more like party hosts. That's because their Zumba classes evoke the club rather then the gym—they combine modern, energetic music with dance moves that anyone can learn. Guests shimmy along to the beat during regular Zumba classes and incorporate maraca-like hand-weights into the choreography during Zumba Toning classes. For those who aren't in the dancing mood, the teachers offer R.I.P.P.E.D. classes that focus on building muscle. Owner Emily Cook-Willis, a certified personal trainer, can also schedule one-on-one sessions that target specific goals.
Stationed within the soothing confines of Primary Care Chiropractic, Serenity Massage’s team of licensed massage therapists banishes stress and promotes relaxation with seven distinct massage modalities. Swedish massages melt knotted muscles into relaxed ooze and reenergize limbs with firm yet gentle pressure. The deep-tissue massage locates muscles off the beaten track, attempting to break up pockets of tension, toxins, and long-forgotten beef jerky that bones were saving for later. To take relaxation to the next level, clients can add on a scalp, foot, or hydro-massage treatment to any massage or simply take in the surroundings while sipping a complimentary cup of tea.
As they enter the training circuit at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. Thirty seconds is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
St. Louis Fitness Boot Camp's creator and head trainer, Johnny King, knows how hard it can be to start working out. Enormous corporate gyms seem designed to intimidate the new exerciser, and the workout genies trapped inside at-home DVDs can only offer motivation after they’ve been put in the player. That’s why he made it his mission to design an exercise program geared toward beginners, providing a low-stakes introduction to training and plenty of positive motivation.
He constructs easy-to-follow circuit training routines that alternate between working the lower body, core, and upper body, relying on the combination of exercises over time to whip bodies into peak shape. His small groups of trainees often encourage one another and help keep one other accountable to exerting their maximum effort during routines. Within the climate-controlled facility, exercisers shed sweat and pounds on spring-loaded floors that ease impact on joints. To supplement the workouts, he and the trainers provide nutritional counseling and even emotional counseling, gently reminding each student why they chose to start working out.
Registered dietitian Abby Herrick takes a holistic approach to nutrition, meaning she's less concerned with how many calories her clients ingest and more concerned with their overall lifestyle. Her philosophy shapes the services at Your Wellness Element, which include weight loss programs, detoxes, and health coaching. Herrick, who is a certified yoga instructor and personal trainer to boot, also schedules yoga classes and personal training sessions, which can be conducted in the client's home or hers.