The trained laser technicians at Priority Health, overseen by Paula Weihler, DC, target patrons' soft spots with noninvasive fat-reduction and weight-loss treatments. Their arsenal of slimming techniques includes Lapex LipoLaser regimens that leave clients feeling more confident than a peacock with hourglass feathers.
The certified Bikram yoga instructors at 26hot draw students from all over the western suburbs to their facility, conveniently located near the Roosevelt Road exit of I-355. Within the 1,800-square-foot space, which is kept at 105 degrees and 40% humidity, yogis move through 26 postures designed to build muscle and cardiovascular health. The one-legged balancing stick pose, for example, puts bodies into a T formation, and the tree pose encourages birds to alight on squared shoulders.
The studio's reception area appropriately greets students with fiery-red couches and warm-yellow walls. At the desk, students can rent yoga mats and towels or purchase beverages such as chilled coconut water.
From the moment she was born in Rome, Tiziana—who puts the T in Pilates by T—has dedicated her entire life to fitness. In 1991, she graduated from Italy's University of Physical Education before immigrating to the United States. In her new country, she encountered Pilates for the first time, and after 16 years as a student and eventual teacher, it remains her favorite form of exercise.
Certified in classic power Pilates instruction, Tiziana utilizes both mat work and reformer machines to aid her students in sculpting long, lean muscles. The exercises performed in her group classes and personal-training sessions focus on strengthening the core first and foremost, and the body gradually enjoys increased flexibility and improved posture. She keeps class sizes to a minimum to ensure personal attention to each student, to provide easy access to equipment, and to avoid frightening skittish Pilates mats.
An optometrist's job is to ensure eyes stay healthy and continue to perform their assigned function of transferring visual data and winking at judges. That is, unless the optometrist is Dr. David F. Martin. At Family Vision Development Center, Dr. Martin and his team go beyond the usual eye inspections and glasses fittings to check binocular vision dysfunction and even learning-related vision issues. He views ocular health in terms of overall health, believing that visual problems can serve as indicators of deeper, overall wellness issues. In such cases, the doctor can make recommendations to help bring eyes and bodies back into seesaw-like balance.
Both a licensed massage therapist and licensed aesthetician, Keina Quinn aims to de-stress and beautify the body with various massage modalities, facials, and depilatory services. Working as an independent contractor out of Body Sense Wellness Center’s second-floor studio, Quinn draws upon her education from the Cortiva Institute and Naperville Skin Institute as she administers pampering therapies from head to fully relaxed toe. Deep-tissue, Swedish, and hot-stone massages relieve tension and improve circulation, and waxing and threading banish unwanted hairs. Quinn's expert hands customize each treatment to the client's individual needs, making the session a unique and healing experience.
Certified reflexologist James Markgraf has been applying health-promoting acupressure to feet for 17 years. James has studied at three different institutes of reflexology and now brings his mastery of the method to his own private practice in Schaumburg. Poring over feet as if he's exploring the skull of a newly discovered dinosaur, James enters into a silent dialogue with the body, testing for problems that might pervade the patient's entire system.