At Back to Nature Health and Wellness Center, leading practitioner Argo Duenas's deep belief in the benefits of holistic healing took her off the path of traditional medical nursing two decades ago and redirected her journey toward certification in colonic hygiene, reflexology, and energy adjustment. Inside her clean, homey, brick-fronted clinic, Duenas relies on drug-free methods such as reiki, colon hydrotherapy, and ear candling to purge the body of toxins and attempt to alleviate ailments ranging from high blood pressure to chronic fatigue. Argo also teaches body awareness, preventative wellness, and breakdance choreography through lectures and seminars.
All of Fitness Together’s trainers graduate from an in-house educational program, which supplements the staff's requisite degrees and certifications in fitness training. Customized fitness pursuits begin in the personal-training sessions with an analysis in which clients divulge desired results and secret dreams of body doubling for the Brawny man. Trainers then funnel goals into an individualized exercise plan prepared prior to a patron’s first workout.
Emily and Philip Vendemmia look after their students by wrangling a massive schedule of more than 72 classes per week spread over three locations. Bolstered by a strong team of certified Bikram yoga instructors, the duo guides students through Bikram’s 90-minute routine, consisting of 26 postures and two breathing exercises. Instructors crank each studio’s practice space to a hot and humid 105 degrees to help pupils’ muscles safely sink into deep, healing stretches and purge harmful toxins from the body. Each of the standing and seated poses is designed to work every muscle, ligament, and joint while sending freshly oxygenated vampire food to the organs to help support health and fitness.
Parker Jones worked his way from the ground up to helm Capital Bicycle, which first opened in 1970. He started his career at Capital in 1996 as a once-a-week employee looking to get a good deal on parts and escape the mournful howls of his neglected sedan, but within months he became a store mechanic. A year, he later took control of the entire store, and ultimately, he became its sole owner.
Jones set out to expand the shop’s services in both scope and size, and today, Capital resides in a 4,000-square-foot shop and is one of the region’s first concept stores for California-based bicycle manufacturer Specialized. Customers flock to the shop to purchase Specialized bikes and Bellwether apparel, and they can find their ideal bicycle fit with the help of an in-house certified body-geometry technician. Capital also fosters its own cycling community with a schedule of group rides and helps cyclists to keep tabs on other local events.
Evolutions Body Clinic's staff promotes healthy lifestyles and holistic well-being with an array of services, including a full schedule of yoga classes. Vinyasa accommodates beginners, practiced yogis, and nimble hula-hoop champions, helping pupils to strengthen limbs with a dynamic sequence of cascading poses that concludes with introspective deep relaxation. To ensure that seasoned yogis can find a more physically demanding experience, the Vinyasa Hot class bombards ligaments with equatorial heat in order to facilitate deeper stretching and detoxifying perspiration. Yin yoga focuses thoughts inward with sustained, floor-held poses intended to shake down the ne’er-do-well connective tissues that shoot dice in the back alleys of the hips and lower back, unleashing torrents of flowing energy throughout the body and eroding away unsightly peninsulas of mental stress.