VaMeka Nelson, Fit Body Boot Camp's owner, knew she had a family history of diabetes and hypertension, and that if she didn't change her diet and lifestyle, she would head straight down the same path. After overcoming her struggle with unhealthy lifestyle habits and weight loss, VaMeka spearheaded Fit Body Boot Camp to motivate others in their journeys toward improved fitness and well-being. Throughout the week, sneakers pound upon the triple-bonded foam floors of her private studio as students undergo high-intensity routines combining cardio, resistance-training, core-training, and flexibility exercises. Further inspiring patrons to develop healthful habits, the trainers encourage them to follow nutrition advice and adhere to comprehensive custom meal plans. Their approach focuses on meals made up of lean meats, vegetables, and fruits, eschewing excessive sugar, salt, and bacon-wrapped donuts deep-fried in bacon-wrapped-donut fat.
Grand Master Brandon Richards, PhD is an 8th-degree Black Belt awarded the 2013 Grandmaster of the Year by the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame. At Seattle Tae Kwon Do, he joins a team of veteran instructors with world championship and Olympic team trial medals under their multi-degree black belts. So it?s no wonder that the school was voted Best Martial Arts by King5 Best of Western Washington in 2013. Whether in advanced adult classes or Tiger Cubs sessions for toddlers, the instructors strive to instill a black-belt mindset in every lesson they teach, stressing perseverance, focus, and discipline. Beyond tae kwon do, classes in Thai kickboxing whip bodies into shape with practical self-defense techniques, from blocking punches to bear-hugging schoolyard bullies.
For 12 years, Ryan Ringe battled wildfires in Idaho, Washington, and Alaska, learning about forestry while preventing the destruction of natural areas. Now an ISA-certified arborist and tree-risk assessor, Ringe owns Arbor Barber Tree Service, where he trims, removes, and maintains trees alongside a crew of trained and certified professionals. Free consultations are included to assess trees, shrubs, and hedges for health problems, potential hazards, and hidden Swiss Family Robinson residences. The technicians perform all work according to ISA and ANSI standards to maintain the safety of both humans and plants.
The bodywork experts at Edmonds Massage Center pamper clients with a wide range of massage services that aim to soothe the senses and promote improved health. Some of their techniques include relaxation massage, deep-tissue massage, and pregnancy massage, each of which is custom tailored to individual needs. They also set injured backs on the path to wellness with treatments designed counteract auto accidents, carpal tunnel, and soccer foot. For folks looking to get pampered on the regular, Edmonds Massage Center offers a wellness plan that guarantees one, two, or three massages per month at a reduced rate.
One of the largest cosmetology schools in the northwest, Gene Juarez Academy instructs students to skillfully style hair under the watchful eye of licensed and experienced instructors. While making their way through the program, students perfect their skills on the bustling salon floor by snipping, coloring, and styling tresses. Guests not only receive these services at a discounted rate, but also get a unique, behind-the-scenes glimpse of the process via the instructor’s running commentary.
When Andrés Cárdenas Guitrón emigrated to the United States from Mexico, he landed his first job as a dishwasher. He worked his way up the ranks to a food preparer, a cook’s assistant, and a chef before finally opening up his own restaurant. At Mazatlan, he dishes out family recipes that include grilled chimichangas, crab enchiladas, and steak picado christened in a Spanish sauce.