Personal trainer AJ Mihrzad once struggled with his own weight-loss challenges and severe back pain. After catching a glimpse of himself in the window of a fast-food restaurant, he decided it was time to make a change. Mihrzad pursued an undergraduate degree in exercise science and nutrition and a master's degree in psychology, striving to learn about all the factors that contribute to fitness success. He tried working at a corporately owned gym, but felt compelled to follow the road less traveled or treadmill less frequented. Mihrzad created LifeFuel Fit, where his focus on three major aspects of health— exercise, nutrition, and mindset—helps others achieve the same confidence, energy, and fitness level that he himself has obtained.
Mihrzad hired a team of trainers and nutritionists to assist him in this mission. The nutritionists provide dietary guidance, the trainers lead highly varied workouts designed to efficiently tone muscles and burn fat, and they all hold clients accountable for their results. Patrons lose a monthly average of 10–12 pounds of fat, or the amount of butter needed to sculpt a soulmate for the Pillsbury Doughboy.
Knowing that everyone takes a different path to fitness, Mihrzad also established LeanBuddy, an app that leads customers through their weight-loss journeys from the convenience of their smartphones. For a full month, users receive a daily email filled with the challenges and dietary recommendations they should take on for that day. Once they complete the instructions, they report back on the smartphone app, then receive personalized feedback from a team of fitness coaches. By letting participants complete challenges on their own time, the program can often produce more dramatic results than other more demanding regimens.
Pod Laser Aesthetics' team of physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners harnesses an arsenal of lasers to keep skin looking youthful. The gentle, noninvasive treatments reduce unwanted hair, smooth out wrinkles, and squash spider veins into oblivion. The staff also give these surface treatments subdermal support, employing quick injections of Botox or dermal fillers to beautify faces from the inside out. Before their appointments, patients can read the FAQ for answers to any questions about treatments or whether they need to bring their own scuba suit.
Starting when it opened in 1994, Rani Spas' image specialists have been polishing impressions through waxing, facials, massage, hairstyling, and mani-pedi services. The expert aestheticians enhance skin with a medley of visage-rejuvenating treatments, including the smoothing crystal collagen facial and the Synergie peel, which combines a powerful chemical peel with microdermabrasion to repair skin damaged from acne, sun exposure, and professional-apple-bobbing careers. The spa's stylists also tend to coifs with strand transformations ranging from cuts and updos to highlights and moisturizing treatments, and fuzz fields are left clean and sleek through gentle waxing and traditional threading methods.
The licensed practitioners of North Nassau Acupuncture LLC treat and ward off conditions such as pain, stress, and neurological disorders through their natural healing services. They safely and effectively help patients overcome migraines or indigestion through acupuncture, relieve stress through massage therapy, or find alternatives to traditional prescriptions through herbal medicine. Though modernized to reflect contemporary medicinal understanding, each service adheres to the tenets of traditional Chinese medicine, which aims to treat the whole body rather than treating its different parts or sending it back for a refund.
At New Definitions Salon, a team of eager stylists spruces up the heads of men, women, and children with custom hair services guided by continual education in all aspects of beauty. Armed with Redken and J Beverly Hills products, the follicle whisperers converse with clients about their beauty goals before determining game plans. To help patrons achieve their desired looks or no longer look like their FBI “wanted” poster, stylists can incorporate precision cuts, specialty coloring, keratin hair straightening, and expert weaving, as well as facial treatments such as waxing or eyelash extensions.
The technicians at Elegant Nails & Spa place great emphasis on not only maintaining but improving the health of nails and skin through the use of high-quality products—including dozens of OPI polishes and UV gels—alongside strict hygiene standards. Staff members offer each client one-on-one attention from a small number of manicure stations in coordinating creams, taupes, and mochas as well as pedicure chairs that feature built-in footbaths, massaging backrests, and a tin-can telephone connected to a neighboring chair. A short list of spa services centers on deep-cleansing facials and Swedish or deep-tissue massages.:m]]