The towering trees that line the outer perimeter of Monterey Bay Racquet Club block out many of the outside world’s distractions, leaving tennis players to fill the air with the thumps of fuzzy balls and the grunts of cross-court strokes. The club’s six outdoor courts open their gates to players of all ages and skill levels, who can practice their craft in unsupervised pairs or team up with experienced instructors for tennis lessons that adhere to club manager and USPTA Master Professional Hans Römer's three pillars of learning: communication, commitment, and creativity. Beyond the standard amenities, the club also furnishes complimentary towels, newspapers, and hot coffee for guests to throw at mistaken line umpires. An onsite pro shop ensures top performance on the courts with racquet-stringing services and professional Head and Penn products.
Fitness Evolution's gyms span the country, from California to Maryland, hosting hassle-free workouts on their high-quality equipment or in a wide range of group classes led by upbeat instructors. The staff strives to maintain an open, inviting atmosphere at all times, whether helping clients operate free weights or offering encouragement to Aqua Fit and indoor cycling classes. Fitness Evolution conveniently offers some nutritional guidance and exercise training online with goal-oriented workouts, meal plans, and recommendations on the best strategies for going outside.
Led by Kate Hardy and Madalynna Aliotti, the staff of Harmony Body Kinetics works to help guests feel stronger and more flexible through Pilates and Gyrotonic classes. They lead students through intense classes, helping them perfect the postures while also learning how to apply the moves to everyday life.
More than 40 years ago, workout guru Joe Gold embarked on his quest to launch exercisers toward their physical-fitness goals by opening a small studio in Venice Beach, California. Today, that studio has since expanded into a worldwide fitness empire comprising 600 locations that share Joe's passion for reshaping bodies and minds through expert training and self-empowerment.
Like most massage therapists, David Armstrong is interested in ridding clients of pain and increasing their range of motion. But unlike the others, he doesn't knead the part of the body experiencing pain; rather, he relies on neuromuscular therapy to discover and treat the source of the pain. He employs structural analysis, trigger-point therapy, and myofascial release, which has helped clients recover from very serious traumas. David also loves helping people de-stress during relaxing massages.
He learned his techniques from massage guru Venice Sullivan, an early pioneer of neuromuscular therapy who groomed him to follow in her footsteps. David now assists Venice in teaching neuromuscular therapy to new massage-therapy students. Clients who wish to supplement their bodywork sessions may also reach out to acupuncture specialist Glenn Sadowsky, who clients with natural medicine and acupuncture at Optimal Health Acupuncture and Bodywork. In addition to easing chronic and acute pain, while managing weight-loss goals, endocrine disorders, and asthma/allergies for his clients, he also shares herbal-supplement benefits with them.
In 1981, Rabia Erduman's search for truth led her from Istanbul, her country of origin, to an ashram in India, where a meditative spiritual experience amid thousands of people helped her discover that life offers each individual many options and that change is possible. She went on to earn a bachelor's degree in psychology and become a certified hypnotherapist, and now assists others who are struggling toward self-discovery. In addition to facilitating change via the subconscious mind, Erduman performs bodywork, such as reiki energy therapy and therapeutic massage.
Erduman leads self-awareness workshops and is the author of Veils of Separation, a modern-day fairy tale narrated from the perspective of the inner child. She has also created several CDs that guide people toward true happiness. Her relaxation CD mimics the sound of the ocean and the rhythm of waves, relaxing the mind so it can become fully still and attuned to the subtleties of a seashell's life story.