While the skills of most athletes tend to wither with age, Bob Miller only seems to be getting better. After setting power lifting records as a teenager, Bob has used a mastery of training techniques to break state records for squat, bench, press, and deadlift as recently as 2013. At Miller Essential Fitness, Bob tailors his approach to the demands of each client, working with students age 14 to 82. Bob peppers free weight and interval workouts with the most compelling ideas on diet, new exercise, and cardio programs. Bob and his team of trainers also offer bridal fitness programs, helping prepare ladies to fit into their dream dress and deadlift the residual 300 pounds of uneaten yellow cake.
Named after a Sanskrit word that means “disciple of a guru,” Roots Natural Health’s Chelah Marie Vega approaches holistic wellness with passion and devotion. She has strived toward natural health for most of her life, working on organic vegetable farms as she concocted herbal bodycare products for friends, family, and the farms' dedicated scarecrows.
These days, Vega sows the seeds of health for her clients, drawing upon her training in exercise science and homeobotanical therapy to build custom workouts, meal plans, and herbal remedies. As a group workout leader, she fuses Pilates’ core-toning isometrics with Vinyasa yoga’s flowing stretches to sculpt muscles and boost energy. She also leads one-on-one training sessions to help clients master calorie-torching techniques, bringing them closer to reaching their specific weight-loss and fitness goals. To foster naturally healthy lifestyles, Vega matches interested clients with workout partners and crafts supplements designed to ward off colds and lightning bolts. In addition to exercise and dietary assistance, the center's spa treatments, including facials and acupressure, extract stress and impurities, helping clients’ inner beauty shine.
Innovation is the guiding principle at Sil'Vie Hair Studio. Using original balayage coloring techniques, stylists hand paint hair with custom highlights that can range from bold, chunky streaks to subtle, narrow stripes. For all-over color, stylists use odorless, ammonia-free INOA products, which can cover 100% of white hair, allowing clients to look years younger without the traditional camouflage of a sombrero. Infinity Sun airbrush tans bronze skin to a custom, natural-looking glow. Sil’Vie Hair Studio also offers Great Lengths human hair extensions, makeup applications, facial waxes, and products by Davines and Moroccanoil.
The therapists at Bhakti Wellness Center have no shortage of healing tools. Sometimes they treat chronic pain and injuries with conventional methods, such as deep-tissue and medical massage. Other times, they turn to such alternative practices as reiki therapy, a "laying on hands" method that they believe promotes bodily healing by manipulating the body's natural energies. The center's therapists are so convinced of the connection between physical health and mental well-being that they even hold classes in meditation and emotional intelligence, wherein students learn to the manage the stress that comes from not understanding your chakra or from having library books that are 35 years overdue.
Aesthetician Shelley Sharp has seen a multitude of skin issues in her career, which has ranged from managing the spa at The Grand Hotel to being named the official aesthetician for the Miss Minnesota and Mrs. Iowa pageants. Shelley now puts her skincare knowledge to work at her namesake spa, tucked within the Lifespan Clinic. Five facials for women and men target dehydrated, acneic, and aging skin types, while exfoliating microdermabrasion and AHA chemical peels foster complexions and keep faces smooth enough to glide right down any bowling lanes they come into contact with. Clients can doll up eyes with a lash-tinting service and whisk away stray strands with facial waxing.
From the outside, Cut it Out Salon looks like any other storefront. But nestled between a dry cleaner and Redwing Shoes, the unassuming shop conceals a vibrant, charmingly cartoonish vision of the countryside. Themed murals cover the entire interior, transforming drywall into bay windows with shutters opening onto imaginary seaside breezes.
Surrounded by this tableau, Sandi Crawford and Beth Phillips revamp headscapes with classic cuts, intricate updos, tightly wound perms, or various coloring services. The two also turn their attention to faces, waxing brows, lips, or Mt. Rushmore Chia pets, and blasting away fine lines and uneven complexions with microcurrent facials.