In 1911, when he opened Standard Optical, Henry Schubach could not have guessed that his successors would be providing LASIK treatments and contact lenses in 18 clinics. Each office fills with chatter as doctors check prescriptions and work to identify common optical issues, such as glaucoma or weeping when an onion dies. Light skips off ranks of designer frames from Coach, Maui Jim, Guess, Lacoste, and Dior, and transitional lenses darken as newly keen-eyed patrons mosey from the shop. The staff at Standard Optical has also performed more than 15,000 LASIK procedures, and offers a free consultation for those seeking to ditch frames.
Doctor of Chiropractic Edward Smith believes in treating the cause of bodily woes, not just the symptoms. After a car crash left him with debilitating headaches and medication provided only temporary relief, his pain ceased after seeing a chiropractor. This inspired him to become one himself, and he's earned a chiropractic degree and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification. At Decker Lake Chiropractic, Smith takes the wellness approach with his patients, seeking to understand the cause of pain and problems. This manifests in services that include spinal adjustments, exercises to correct skeletal misalignments, massages, and body-contouring fat-reduction treatments as well as lifestyle and nutritional advice.
Schooled in human biology and in chiropractic medicine, Dr. Brandt Stock tunes up his patients with both skeletal and muscular adjustments. He particularly focuses on helping people with chronic pain through long term chiropractic programs that entail monthly visits. Patients can also visit one of the licensed massage therapists who work alongside the doctor for a Swedish, trigger-point therapy, or deep-tissue massage, each conducted on a heated table.
Licensed massage therapist Emily Sparks attended Eagle Gate College, where she perfected hands-on techniques such as Swedish massage, deep-tissue bodywork, and opening a pickle jar with one finger. Now in the comfort of her own Spark of Life massage suite, Emily can melt stress with a relaxation massage or apply firmer kneads to relieve muscle aches and spasms.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Jess Thomas, the mastermind behind the military-style boot camps at Bootcamp with Jess, draws inspiration from his US Army and law enforcement careers, striving to shock patrons into making life-changing decisions about their health with his high-intensity "no pain, no gain" fitness philosophy. Bootcamp with Jess’s five locations resound with emphatic and loud positive encouragement given by Jess's troupe of fatigues-sporting instructors.
The boot camps commence with a five-day “hell week,” in which guests strap on 30-pound vests and perform weight-training, agility, and endurance exercises. Throughout their physical trials, patrons learn about the body's muscle groups and how to wrestle the exercise machines into submission long enough to complete a workout. At the end of "hell week," students honor their hard work during a graduation ceremony, where they shed their weighted vests and have their measurements taken to mark their starting statistics before embarking on their five-week fitness journey. Boot camps are complemented by sports massages and nutritional guidance, ensuring that all parts of the body are taken care of and patrons take a well-rounded approach to their wellness.