With a lineage that traces back more than 30 years to its founders' respective schools, Tiger Rock Martial Arts has grown to more than 200 locations nationwide. Tiger Rock's primary focus is tae kwon do, through which certified trainers teach youngsters the skills to defend themselves, as well as confidence and discipline. Adults can learn tae kwon do as well or encounter martial-arts moves in a calorie-torching aerobic workout. Tiger Rock also partners with sports teams to bolster their training or with corporations to get their employees up, moving, and healthy.
Everyone is welcome at Love Yoga. The studio offers two classes per day, including beginners', basic, and heated classes. Open classes lend a workshop aspect to sessions, combining asanas with philosophy and myth. Instructors Kumari and Adam Shirley bring an incredible breadth of experience to the classes they lead, thanks to Kumari's and Adam's background.
What began as Anita Gibson's struggling, two-person family business has evolved into Advanced Weight Loss Clinics, an organization with 17 corporately owned clinics and 3 franchise locations spread throughout the southeastern United States. Each center's team of doctors and weight-loss specialists encourages clients to win a similarly daunting battle by creating personalized plans for success. The program incorporates vitamins, supplements, and appetite suppressants with a low-calorie, low-fat meal plan that discourages using soft-serve ice cream as toothpaste.
With a stylish selection and an expert team, EyeCare Associates stocks frames by designers such as Kate Spade, Nine West, Hugo Boss, and Guess. Comprised of doctors and eyewear specialists, the team can screen for eye disease, administer eye exams, fit contact lenses, and repair old frames.
Almost 20 years ago, Dr. Patricia M. Antero, a board-certified podiatrist and former member of the Alabama State Board of Podiatry, opened up her private practice to help patients treat foot-related ailments. Tuscany Podiatry uses noninvasive Nexus lasers to help improve circulation, reduce pain, scare away stray toes, and decrease swelling of the feet. During toenail-fungus-removal treatments, a technician aims a Q-Clear laser at toes to zap away infections without requiring surgery. Healthy nails typically grow back in about two to four months, unless they are hooves, which typically return to form in about six minutes.
Although the noninvasive light therapy Dr. Michael McCracken uses to help his patients slim down looks futuristic, the technology actually works with the body's age-old processes. Unlike liposuction, which completely removes the cells and causes body distortion when the weight is regained, Dr. McCracken's beams simply drain fat cells of their contents, allowing the body to flush fat out as it naturally would after an intense workout or hours spent strolling the wrong way on a moving airport walkway. The result: after each noninvasive, roughly 35-minute session patients walk away with slimmer waists, hips, and thighs.