As a ballet dancer, David Gensheimer didn't need much help becoming lean, limber, and lithe. But when he found himself recovering from knee surgery, he knew he needed to find something that would keep him strong without compromising his healing process. In addition to physical therapy, he turned to Pilates and was won over by the sport's ability to strengthen core muscles and enhance flexibility. Though he was back to pirouetting in no time, David never lost the Pilates bug and went on to complete his Pilates training while serving as a company member with Ballet Austin and Nashville Ballet and dancing with the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and Stillpoint.
Today, when he's not busy dancing his way through guest performances around the country, David helms Simply Balanced where he helps others strengthen, rehabilitate, and challenge their bodies through Pilates and yoga classes. Students can also try Gyrotonic classes, which blend elements of gymnastics, yoga, dance, and tai chi, performed on a weight and pulley machine that engages the entire body. Beyond transforming the way visitors look, move, and feel about spandex shorts, the Simply Balanced studio also showers them with feel-good perks such as complimentary beverages, free parking, and access to a team of highly trained massage therapists.
A native of Tennessee, Doctor of Chiropractic Sharon Roth's experience—from designing exercise programs for the elderly in senior homes to serving as chief spinal sleuth for the Nashville Sounds—reflects her ability to help people in all walks of life. While acting as a guest speaker on The Fox Network or when giving public talks, Dr. Roth advocates the importance of receiving chiropractic care, a belief she puts into practice at Roth Wellness. During sessions, she aims to get to the root of patients' issues, rather than merely masking their symptoms with drugs, surgery, or glittery Mardi Gras masks. This involves thorough consultations, exams, and x-rays, before she recommends a wellness plan such as spinal adjustments or therapeutic modalities.
Certified in the Brimhall Technique, Dr. Roth also sets clients on a course to optimum heath with six steps to wellness—structure, electromagnetic therapy, nutrition, emotional therapy, detoxification, and allergies and sensitivities—and maintains her skills in helping patients with conditions such as arthritis, acid reflux, and phobias of phobias by attending continuing-education courses.
Tucked into a historic home replete with an art center and retail space filled with organic and locally produced products, Center of Symmetry’s trained wellness workers provide holistic health services. The center’s certified hydrotherapists purge clogged passageways with FDA-approved colon-hydrotherapy sessions, and licensed massage therapists work to assuage tension with a variety of massage techniques, including Swedish and reflexology—pressure applied to the hands and feet to help stimulate organs and improve health. Doctor of Chiropractic Jermaine Ware, the center’s onsite chiropractor, straightens out spines and provides life coaching and nutritional counseling.
Veteran stylist William Edge wields 20 years of experience as a platform artist and world traveler to lead the staff at his eponymous family of salons, spread across Texas and Tennessee. At each location, teams brandish an arsenal of all-natural Aveda products forged from plants and environmentally friendly ingredients found across the globe. Equipped with such powerful conditioning and coloring supplies, they curtail unruly locks with shaping, shading, and retexturing services, and enhance radiant tresses with spa services, such as massages, facials, and makeup applications. Additionally, the salons' seasoned crew helps hone future stylists' skills at Prodedgy, its own training salon for emerging talent.
Lilac Healing Center is staffed by a diverse group of trained therapists who improve their clients’ physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Founded by licensed massage therapist Kathryn McDaniel, Lilac Healing Center slowly grew out of a series of other businesses—what began simply in 2002 as a place where people went to get a massage became a destination for all kinds of healing services. Today, the staffers not only perform bodywork and therapeutic yodeling, but they also provide acupuncture, energy work, and custom vitamin programs. In addition, the center hosts a multitude of both private and group yoga, Pilates, and meditation classes.
Imagine Hair Studio owner Tamara possesses not one, but four certifications in salon services. The one from Great Lengths speaks to her ability as a hair-extension specialist, which explains why the studio can provide extensions of so many different kinds, from 100% human hair to flashy jewel colors to Swarovski-crystal strands. As a certified 3D Lashes eyelash-extension technician, Tamara also fortifies clients’ existing lashes with thick sets of faux strands. Like a moving script about a wisecracking meatball sub, her expertise attracts the attention of performers and models; Ke$ha, Felicia King, and Alexandria Dycus have entrusted their looks to Tamara.