A Chicago Tribune reporter visiting a Stepping Into Etiquette class admitted that students seemed reluctant at first. "But less than an hour later, somewhere between delivering a firm handshake and choosing the right fork, the 8- to 12-year-olds began smiling, raising their hands to be called on, and begging to help set a proper table in a meeting room at the Naperville Public Library."
The company has also appeared in publications such as Chicago Parent, but the classes are not just for youngsters. There are also sessions for professionals, who can often use a crash course in fundamental etiquette such as eye contact, a firm handshake, and what food is appropriate to juggle. As the Tribune reporter noted, all of the courses are intended to be fun. The school has brought that entertaining spirit to classes for a wide range of organizations, from the Girl Scouts to Barbizon Modeling and Acting School to Chicago State University.
Franco’s chefs draw culinary inspiration from Italy, folding housemade sauces, fresh mozzarella cheese, and olive oil into a variety of specialty pizzas, pasta dishes, and hot Italian sandwiches. To craft their paninis, they layer freshly baked Italian bread and ciabatta rolls with vine-ripened tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and slices of turkey breast, chicken, and ham. For dessert, the skilled chefs assemble plump cannolis before dipping them in chocolate.
Kristin was nervous before her first pole-dancing class. Sure, she?d spent years as a fitness specialist with a background in classical dance, but she was also working as the volunteer director at her church. What would people think? At her first turn around the pole, however, her fears vanished. ?I felt like a goddess and an acrobat,? she says.
Today, Kristin is a certified pole instructor, a master trainer for Pole Move, Inc, and a member of the Pole Fitness Association. Inside her 3,400-square-foot studio, she works alongside 16 PFA-certified instructors to teach women body acceptance through pole dancing. More than 3,000 female students so far have sampled the studio's liberating, confidence-boosting classes. There's a broad selection of class types, including eight stages of pole dancing, burlesque, aerobic classes, core conditioning, aerial silks, and aerial yoga. Each class caps attendance at 10 students to ensure instructors know everyone?s name and favorite sandwich, and that they can keep an eye out for safety and technique.
Despite the way hypnosis is depicted in movies and TV, patients don't enter into an unconscious state, unaware of the world around them and forced to act like monkeys whenever they hear the word banana. Instead, the reality of hypnosis, according to Meridian Peak Hypnosis, is that it puts patients in touch with their subconscious. Hypnotherapists lead patients into a hypnotic state—something akin to a daydream—where they can address a wide range of issues, including stress, claustrophobia, overeating, and cigarette addiction. At Meridian Peak Hypnosis, hypnotherapists aim to dispel common misconceptions during thorough consultations, walking patients through the process and discussing their issues, before recommending a plan, which may include private sessions.
At Salon 21 & Spa, the road to reinvention is paved with Redken highlights, OPI nail polishes, and Bioelements skincare products. Indeed, this full-service salon and spa teems with opportunities for indulgence and beautification; stylists craft face-framing hairdos rich with age-defying color, nail technicians lavish extremities with mango-peel and rhassoul-clay mani-pedis, and skincare specialists coax radiant hues from faces with 24-karat-gold herbal facials. Henna artists and threading specialists also bring their own unique trades to clients, and massage therapists attend to inner beauty with relaxing bodywork treatments.