Shape Shifters Pilates and Health Studio's founder, Terra Khemiri, had to face one of her worst fears as a parent: her son developed a medical condition. When he was 6, his doctors discovered that his bone growth was a year and a half behind the normal rate, and they couldn?t explain it. That?s when Terra decided to take matters into her own hands, and she began studying the content of the foods he was eating. She found an alarming number of additives in the form of artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives. When Terra eliminated these additives along with processed sugar and milk products from her son?s diet, his condition is said to have quickly disappeared.
In addition to her nutritional knowledge, her background in rehabilitative and pregnancy massage, homeopathy, and Pilates led her to teach others how to take control of their own wellness at her studio, Shape Shifters. She has developed a program that combines Pilates, nutrition counseling, and therapeutic massage, designed for clients ranging from teen athletes to seniors.
As they enter the training 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, 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.
During 90-minute appointments, a registered piano tuner will tickle ivories, listening with a keen ear to tweak each chord until a perfect pitch sounds. Annual coverage and minor repairs are incorporated into the piano doctor's checklist, and this includes sticky keys (consoles excluded) and squeaky pedals. More substantial and time-consuming repairs that take more than 30 minutes may incur additional charges, but clients will be consulted first before any repairs are made. Feral strings and pianos without regular tuning (less than once a year) may require an additional appointment for rough tuning ($50) before this Groupon's fine-tuning appointment can occur. Appointments are typically available 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Saturday and regular tune-ups can transform a piano into a lifelong companion, unlike carnival-won goldfish.
Creative light crystallizer Marc Zimmank of On the Marc Photo freezes precious moments for later perusal with on-location photo sessions. Each picture process begins with a consultation to find the combination of location, clothes, and style that suits the subject, be it the pastoral glow of a grassy park or the subtle shadow play of a Wendy's walk-in freezer. Once on location, Marc guides each photographee through the session to create individualized, stylistically sound shots. After a brief digital enhancement, Marc posts the images online for customers' perusal, and they may ponder their choice to have five 4"x6" and one 8"x10" prints enshrined in their filmy glory or to have the entire session hand carved into a CD for future printing.
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Log-cabin rafters hang high over the fitness area at Star Pilates, providing a calm, rustic view for clients looking up from their yoga mats or Pilates machines. A collection of cardio equipment such as spin bikes, elliptical machines, and treadmills also populates the floor, which guests can access at any time via electronic key card. During personal training sessions and classes in Pilates or TRX, the gym?s on-site experts help guests immolate unwanted calories and rid mind of distractions through their workouts? focused motions. They also host a variety of specialized classes that range from Pilates for seniors to power Pilates for athletes and superheroes who?ve taken the winter off.