Though Deb Sommerhalder built her career around exercise, it wasn't until taking a yoga class with her daughter that she truly felt healthy. This experience led her to found Inner Sun Yoga Studio, LLC, a sanctuary dedicated to physical fitness and spiritual wellness. Using focused movements, relaxation techniques, and meditation, seasoned teachers guide yogis of all levels toward inner peace and emotional fortitude. Bodies grow strong and flexible as they balance and bend, encouraging their owners to stand tall and move with increased dexterity. Hatha classes help students to hone basic poses such as arm balances and seated twists, and Vinyasa Flow sessions link these poses with deep breaths rather than chains of wilting daisies. To loosen tight muscles, the practice space warms to 78–82 degrees for group yoga classes and for private Thai yoga sessions, during which a skilled practitioner bends the client's body into salutary stretches and poses. After class, complimentary tea melts lingering stress and inspires students to commune with one another.
Exposed brick and sustainable cork flooring showcase the studio's history and its commitment to preserving the earth for future generations. To equip local youth with compassion and tension-fighting tactics, the studio also hosts children's yoga classes, whose poses brim with more fun than a kitten-filled bounce castle.
Megan Bartelt channels her passion for alternative medicine and holistic healing into noninvasive treatments that bolster bodily comfort and mental awareness. At the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine, Megan began to study techniques for coaxing the body into healing itself by manipulating nerves to correct internal issues and bribing stomachs with ice-cream sundaes. Her dedication to the school's curriculum led her to obtain a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine and a license in acupuncture, along with a hefty knowledge of nutritional consoling and Chinese herbal medicine. Her college years also fostered a love for women's health studies that led to a focus on employing acupuncture and Chinese medicine to relax mothers during pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, and kindergarten lion-taming lessons.
A team of smile savers helmed by Dr. Wyn Steckbauer protects and polishes mouth bones with preventive and cosmetic dental services. The initial comprehensive exam inspects teeth for signs of oral cancer, gum disease, and pixie-dust graffiti left behind by delinquent tooth fairies. A course of digital x-rays complements the firsthand examination, revealing tooth decay and growth abnormalities hidden from the naked eye. Tartar and plaque finally submit to the scrubbing powers of a professional cleaning customized to account for each patient's comfort and oral health. Medicated gels and prescription mouth rinses may be used to treat specific problems, and hygienists hold bars of soap at the ready if mouths show signs of spewing dirty words. Flat-screen TVs line the treatment rooms, making jaws drop with soap operas and action films and thus facilitating the dentist's work. Inside the waiting room, a Keurig coffee station crafts individual cups of coffee, tea, and hot chocolate to soothe patients' nerves.
Absolute Therapeutic Spa LLC’s experienced massage therapists coat bodies in soothing strokes during a range of muscle-mending therapeutic services. Swedish massage harnesses the power of long, gentle strokes to help limber-up ligaments and maintain tendons' elasticity. The therapist's trained hands traverse musculature with pinpointed kneads and gliding rubs that aim to reduce tension as effectively as taking a catnap inside a stress ball. During the 60-minute relax-a-thon, clients can receive a revitalizing boost in circulatory and nervous-system functioning, rebooting patrons’ bodies and minds to their original stress-free factory settings.
Helping customers improve their vision is the main concern of the optometrists and eye-care professionals at Eye Boutique, who provide preventive screenings and help choosing from their more than 1,800 frames at each location. In each shop, licensed doctors of optometry scan eyes with comprehensive exams before diagnosing issues or prescribing high-definition Zeiss lenses and contact lenses from Optix and Acuvue. Designer frames from Guess, Nike, and Kenneth Cole house lenses fashionably, and Teflon protective layers help guard lenses from scratches and reduce glare. Sunglasses from brands such as Ray-Ban and Coach also protect eyes from harmful UV rays, creating an accessory that is both stylish and useful, like a diamond with a job.
For $42, you get five consecutive days of 5:30 a.m. boot-camp classes for women (a $74.75 value), a 14-day meal guide (a $20 value), and a pre-camp health assessment (a $20 value; a $119.75 total value). For $42, you get four consecutive days of 5:15 p.m. coed boot-camp classes (a $59.80 value), a 14-day meal guide (a $20 value), and a pre-camp health assessment (a $20 value; a $104.80 total value).
As the owners of Skydive Adventure, Bill and Donna-Marie Hasenfus run a pretty tight ship. For one, their company is a member of the United States Parachute Association, ensuring everything from its staff to its equipment is up to par. Bill himself has been jumping out of planes and training students for nearly half a century. He puts that experience to good use at Skydive Adventure: for the past two decades, the company has taught up to 1,500 first-time students in a given year. For those who just want to feel the rush of a skydive—and enjoy a bird's-eye view of Wisconsin's lakes, rivers, and seasonal changes—Skydive Adventure also offers tandem jumps.