"Our brain is designed to realize what we wish, without any minor errors," says Tao Yoga & Tai-Chi founder Ilchi Lee. "If you want success, it will create success. If you want happiness or health, it will create them. Anything is possible, as long as negative thoughts and emotions don't interfere." To make this challenging, yet hopeful, philosophy accessible to all, Lee combined the Eastern concept of chi energy with his own brain-management system, developing a distinctive program that unlocks inner peace and sweeps up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. Warm-up yoga maneuvers awaken muscles before 30–40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation—including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that aims to calibrate mental and physical energies. Cool-down exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance.
Headaches, chronic pain, and low energy are no match for Dr. Ray Milazzo. A 30+ year veteran of chiropractic medicine, he has used advanced spinal correction and physical therapies to relieve these symptoms in adults and children at his Wychoff and Oradell offices throughout his career. But Dr. Milazzo aims to get to the root of any nervous system ailment, which is why he thoroughly analyzes the spine with posture and weight balance testing, and determines the client's range of motion. Additionally, on-site x-rays provide a deeper understanding of what is happening below the muscles so that Active Release and trigger point therapies can ease aches and pains caused by tight muscles. Dr. Milazzo also encourages a healthier state-of-being by providing patients with at-home corrective exercises and lifestyle advice as well as posting informative health blogs to his website.
The team of friendly hair stylists at Danielle's Place knows a thing or two about giving. First and foremost, they give every ounce of effort as they impart hair with vivid highlights, modern style, and shine as noticeable as frost in the desert. When they renovated the salon interior, they gave their workspace an upscale and modern feel that matched the contemporary treatments on their service menu. Hardwood floors underline a décor with elegant rugs, gold light-radiating ceiling fans and sconces, and bright purple walls inside treatment rooms.
For Danielle's staff, the act of giving extends beyond the salon. They strive to give back to the community that supports their business by hosting various charitable events and fundraisers, including a haircut-a-thon for breast cancer.
Aikido is the "loving protection of all beings," in the words of Morihei Ueshiba, who created the martial-arts style. Although it sometimes incorporates wooden weapons, at its heart, aikido seeks to act as a replacement for violence. Greg O'Connor, founder and chief instructor at Aikido Centers of New Jersey, brings Ueshiba's tenets to his students, who have included children and seniors, as well as members of the New Jersey State Police, the Department of Homeland Security, and the US Secret Service. O'Connor and more than 40 other instructors teach students self-defense tactics that redirect attacks, as well as more advanced methods that include wooden sword and staff training and aikido's dramatic falls and rolls.
A yawn, a smile, a flinch of the arm—before a baby is even born, he or she has begun communicating. Baby's Premiere 3D/4D Ultrasound Studio gives families and parents-to-be a live look-in at these mini milestone moments, all without installing a window on the mother's belly. A certified sonographer with 15 years of experience built Baby's Premiere to be a place for bonding. Relatives do just that by watching their newest addition to the family on a 46-inch flat-screen TV, and reliving the experience time and again with videos, photos, and other keepsakes.
At Dancing on the Edge NJ, instructors Ms. Sandra and Ms. Maria Teresa—who have trained at renowned institutions such as the Dominican National Ballet Company and the Joffrey Ballet—lead dance classes for students of all abilities. They specialize in ballet, which they believe is the foundation for every dance form with its formalized and precise movements. They also specialize in tap dance and jazz dance, an energetic and rhythmic technique featuring fancy footwork and improvisation.
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