Inside one of Illinois’ oldest PADI–certified dive centers, Berry Dive Center’s eight instructors call upon a combined 100 years of experience to increase the underwater expertise of small student cohorts. Lessons unfold in both pool and classroom, with instructors sharing textbook techniques and safety tips before offering personalized critiques during supervised practice dives. The PADI five-star IDC facility keeps skills sharp with PADI certification courses and weekend excursions to Kankakee’s Haigh Quarry, with adventure-diving opportunities such as exploring wrecks, deep-water diving, and apprehending goldfish smugglers. The center’s dive shop also stocks a full line of diving equipment and manuals.
Despite graduating as a medical doctor in 1986, Yevgeny Zakusilo didn’t follow the traditional path of Western medicine. Instead, by 1987, the Russian native pursued a certification in acupuncture and embraced the tried and true wellness practices of the East. Today, Zakusilo, better known as Dr. Z, helms Eastland Acupuncture, where he picks up where Western medicine and vision boards failed by treating clients to acupuncture, tui na massage, qi gon, and herbal remedies. Through these holistic and natural healing methods, Dr. Z, along with his master herbalist Monica, help dissipate a range of health conditions from allergies, anxiety, and headaches to infertility, diabetes, and depression.
Michael Pys feels like he has a lot of missed opportunities. As an osteopathic therapist who specializes in pain management, so many of his would-be patients have resigned to living with chronic pain, and thus aren’t seeking treatment. With this in mind, Michael devotes himself fully to each client—treatment begins with hands-on palpation and a one-on-one consultation so that he can determine both the physical and emotional affects of each person’s condition. He uses 17 years of experience to integrate multiple therapeutic modalities, which might include soft-tissue manipulation and release, massage, stretching, and postural correction. Compared to medicinal therapy, Michael’s technique is more inclusive, and it can be adjusted to treat ailments that range from migraines and nerve-related discomfort to sports injuries and chronic back pain from a career as a professional backpack model.
In 1992, Darek Zurawski founded the Lymphatic Therapy Center to offer manual lymph-drainage therapy, which uses massage-like motions to cleanse the body's lymphatic system. Today, he and his team use this technique not only to treat lymphedema—a condition that leads to swollen limbs—but also to alleviate chronic pain and banish aches. The center also offers therapeutic massages to help people relax from everyday stresses, such as office meetings or forced small talk with the bridge troll on their morning commutes.
Body & Brain Holistic Yoga's classes incorporate yoga, tai chi, meditation, martial arts, and signature breathing postures to forge a mind-body exercise that helps students to awaken their inner ki energy. The one-hour sessions attempt to improve flexibility, strength, breathing, and energy sensitivity, which contribute to holistic health. Much like a dive-bombing red-winged black bird, classes often vary their approach, ensuring a more dynamic experience from session to session
"Our brain is designed to realize what we wish, without any minor errors," says Dahn Yoga 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. This focus, shared by Body & Brain Holistic Yoga and The Life Yoga, forms the basis of the studio's classes and consultations. 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. Cooldown exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance.
In 1930, Dr. Joseph Rosin and his brother, Maurice, opened a small shop on Cermak Road in Cicero. In 80 years, the shop has grown from a small family-run optometrist's office to a regionally renowned business that has sharpened the eyesight of celebrities such as Joe DiMaggio and Plácido Domingo and left its mark on the Chicago area by designing famous symbols such as Harry Caray's trademark glasses and the novelty shades that adorn the John Hancock Center. Today, Rosin Eyecare rests in the hands of the third generation of Rosins, ably helmed by brothers James and Jonathan, who continue a proud tradition of warm, personal service as they improve eyesight with high-tech LASIK and PRK treatments as well as stylish eyeglasses with scratch-resistant lenses. At 16 locations, including the newest office Long Grove, a staff of optometrists keeps optical orbs in high function with comprehensive exams, treating each patient's individual needs with products such as a contact-lens implant or a prescription safety eyewear.