As they enter the training circle 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. One minute 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.
Doctor of Chiropractic Tawfik Saleh takes an integrated approach to caring for his patients, blending traditional and modern holistic therapies. These include the spinal adjustments one would expect from a back healer, in addition to acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and physiotherapy. He also prescribes therapeutic exercises to help both ease and prevent injuries, and he recommends nutritional supplements to those looking to fortify their diet, lose weight, or build model of Mount Rushmore out of caplets.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas?its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries?Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
The upbeat exercise enthusiasts at Kid Time Fitness steer tykes into tip-top shape by leading an array of fun and active recreational classes. Through 40 weekly sessions, the CPR- and first-aid-certified staff helps pintsize patrons of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels develop new skills and uncover dormant passions, such as dance, gymnastics, yoga, or competitive napping. During For The Boys, instructors teach boys hip hop, tumbling, and breakdancing to a fast-paced beat. Gym-Fit, yoga, hip-hop, cheer, ballet, music, and art round out the roster of classes, which is more jam-packed with activities than Leonardo da Vinci?s secret lab, where to this day he still writes software applications to teach children art lessons. Kid Time Fitness also offers adult programs.
Kathy Bryant, the practitioner at FirstLine Therapy Lifestyle Educator at Valley Paramedical Skin and Health Care, takes a natural approach to wellness by assisting her clients in losing weight, fending off disease, and reducing stress. She believes that through lifestyle changes and alternative therapies, such as traditional Chinese and ayurvedic medicine, the body can be prompted to heal itself.