Pasadena Golf Center lets visitors create the satisfying thwack of a club hitting a golf ball in one of two locations. They can make out the sound on the 18-hole mini-golf course—where ears will also pick up the sound of trickling waterfalls and the gurgling of landscaped streams and ponds—or at the driving range. Golfers can manipulate a variety of clubs there since targets are set up at different lengths, and 20 of the range’s 34 hitting stations are covered to provide shade during warm months and heat during cold ones. In addition, a full setup of lights let them swing away into the evening or when Apollo's chariot of fire is in the shop. To assist in swing mechanics and proper alignment, the center organizes lessons led by Golf Academy of America–certified instructor, Brett Francisco.
Pasadena Golf Center is also equipped with a nine-station batting cage that challenges visitors with baseball pitches of varying speeds as well as slow- and fast-pitch softball. A 1,600-square-foot patio nearby can facilitate birthday parties or other special events.
Kicking, punching and jabbing are typically discouraged, but not at Transformations Fitness for Women. The women’s-only gym’s kickboxing-style workouts give athletes the moves they need to tone physiques and brush up on their fighting maneuvers, no matter their level of experience. The gym’s two locations boast eclectic class schedules, with classes ranging from Zumba dance fitness workouts, which burn calories with sultry Latin moves, to sessions that enhance strength and flexibility through a fusion of yoga and Pilates. While guests work out, they can drop kids off at the gym’s complimentary daycare, whose staffers stay in touch with each other via two-way talk radios, rather than by sending them regular flocks of carrier pigeons.
Awarded the Best Fitness Club in The Capital's Reader's Choice 2011, Big Vanilla's modern facilities aim to make a healthy impression on bodies and minds. Both locations jam-pack weekly schedules with more than 60 fitness classes such as cycling, Pilates, Zumba, Cardio Combat, and yoga. Pasadena's Step-N-Abs intertwines intermediate cardio choreography with abdominal exercises to build lean muscle to the core without having to endure elective washboard implants. Dance-inspiration class also permeates into group groove sessions, which pump hit tunes as exercisers wiggle to urban, club, and Latin-inspired moves. The Arnold gym tones an anatomy's worth of muscles in TMC, which challenges physiques with 60 minutes of resistance training toughened by dumbbells, stability balls, and lead-based chocolate cakes.
Dr. Ian Shuman helps teeth realize their whitest dreams with a combination of general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry, each performed by the master dentist himself. With the belief that dentistry should be gentle, effective, and minimally invasive, Dr. Shuman makes the most of advanced dental technology, such as digital x-rays and intraoral cameras that espy dental detriments before they become costly reconstruction jobs. The office’s tooth-colored, mercury-free fillings repair cavities with composite resins that, like snowman tattoos on a polar bear, are virtually invisible. Aside from the typical dental services, Dr. Shuman also spreads his tooth-preserving wisdom with other dentists during his Minimally Invasive Seminar Series.
With a mind for comfort and compassion, Dr. Shuman and the dental staff understand that visits to the dentist can often cause patients anxiety. The team helps assuage apprehension with thorough explanations of treatments. The office itself is designed to cosset patients, with pillows and blankets joining the office’s soft lighting and easy-listening music to help create a warm, relaxing ambiance.
Under the expert guidance of Dr. Elba Pacheco, aestheticians at Adoro Medical Spa, a part of the Center for Eye & Laser Surgery, wield professional-strength beautification technology to boost skin’s healthy appearance. During a 30-minute photorejuvenation treatment, intense pulsed lights focuses on cheeks and brows, lightening age spots, uncreasing fine lines, and erasing the sun’s sunspotty signature from foreheads. Light energy boosts production of collagen in skin’s deep layers, toning pores and easing skin conditions such as broken capillaries and rosacea. Though this Groupon covers one photorejuvenation treatment, repeat sessions will continue to minimize signs of aging with lasting results.
Medical Director Ross VanAntwerp leads a staff of experienced aestheticians to provide a variety of advanced skin treatments that apply youthful glows to worn-out epidermal layers. Let professional skin smoothers analyze the unique requirements of your people pelt before addressing issues such as sun damage, acne, and wrinkles. The microdermabrasion process uses gentle crystals and vacuum pressure to exfoliate and resurface skin layers restoring radiance to forlorn faces, prepping them for high-school reunions or enthusiastic games of peek-a-boo.
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