Jennifer Parker knows what it’s like to suffer through chronic pain. When she found relief through massage therapy, she felt inspired to study at the Apollo College massage-therapy program. There, she honed the skills that she practices while presiding at Body Harmony Massage. As a clinic rather than a spa, Body Harmony Massage focuses on massage as a path to health less tedious than eating an apple a day. Despite being a clinic, they still offer pampering services in a soothing and comforting environment. Its licensed practitioners treat a wide array of conditions, such as headaches, sciatica, and back pain. They tackle these complaints with massage modalities including the gliding effleurage of Swedish kneading and the resistive stretching of PNF—proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation—which can rehabilitate weakened muscles.
Founded in 1970 by Tom Cade, a former professor of Ornithology at Cornell University, The Peregrine Fund's World Center for Birds of Prey is a non-profit that strives to save birds of prey from extinction. Their efforts began nearly 40 years ago, when trying to save the Peregrine Falcon, which was eventually removed from the Endangered Species list in 1999. Today, at their 580-acre headquarter campus in Boise, Idaho, they focus on captive breeding of California Condors and Aplomado Falcons for the purposes of preservation.
At Brain Balance Achievement Centers, staff work with kids having academic or social difficulties. The instructors' goal is to help these children boost their cognitive function, strengthen their social judgment, and improve a host of other areas. Working from the premise that many disorders are based on an imbalance between the brain's hemispheres, the center uses a plan based on dietary adjustment and academic exercises that aims to restore connections in the brain.
Hoisting championship trophies and high-stakes competition comes second nature to the Idaho Steelheads. Since joining the ECHL in 2003, the team has qualified for the playoffs every season, and in 2004 and 2007, the team conquered all opponents to take the ECHL Kelly Cup, the league's most prestigious cup other than that coffee mug Wayne Gretzky once touched. An affiliate of the NHL Dallas Stars, their players take to the ice at CenturyLink Arena, where fans routinely fill sections to cheer their team on against Western Conference foes.
It's no surprise that humans can't survive long without water. Water is essential to living and healthy living, and EcoWater Systems has been contributing to human longevity since 1925 with a passionate approach to providing high-quality H2O. Their filtration systems—available for both residential and commercial spaces—use reverse-osmosis filters, which remove more than 95% of dissolved solids from water during up to four filtration stages. With a full line of water coolers and other drinking-water accessories more compact than long straws that reach into the nearest stream, EcoWater Systems is able to improve water's purity and drinkability and one's desire for spontaneous showers during office water-cooler talk.