Each of YMCA of Coastal Georgia's branches remains true to its lasting mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages. Staff members uphold the YMCA?s core values of honesty, caring, responsibility, and respect as they invest in their community?s children and strengthen family bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. They pump up adult fitness regimens with aquatic fitness and boot-camp classes, basketball courts, and personal-training sessions. They?ve also filled their fitness centers with free weights, cardio equipment, and weight machines. When they?re not helping adults trim down waistlines during Brazilian-jujitsu, cycling, and aerobics classes, staff members are getting back in touch with their inner children. They stimulate imagination, mental development, and growth as they lead children?s day camps, after-school programs, and dance classes.
It takes Lord Eye Center's opticians one hour to produce a pair of prescription glasses. Working at an onsite lab, they fit frames from more than 30 designers, using an electronic tracing device to render the thinnest lenses possible. The shop's optometrists can also prescribe various types of contact lenses, from continuous wear and disposable to bifocals and colored lenses. Dr. Whit Lord, owner of Lord Eye Center, scouts out the latest cornea-hugging designs as a member of several advisory panels for contact-lens manufacturers.
Eric Thomas learned quite a bit about massage while attending school in Savannah, but one lesson stands out from the rest: no two bodies are the same. Once he discovered this, he set out to master a range of massage modalities that would allow him to untie any knotted muscle and break up any adhesion. Now that he is armed with knowledge in Swedish, deep-tissue, hot-stone, and neuromuscular therapies, Eric rarely comes across a stress-induced ailment that he can’t treat. In addition to easing chronic pain and tension, his massages benefit the body by stimulating blood flow, strengthening the immune system, and working out jams in the metal gears responsible for swiveling the head.
Each one of Anytime Fitness’s more than 2,000 coed fitness clubs grant 24-hour secured access to weight and cardio equipment and sessions of group fitness. The locations in Savannah and Pooler showcase exercise machines from manufacturers such as Precor, with treadmills and ellipticals sporting monitors for watching TV. The fitness emporium's staff of certified trainers lead group fitness classes or personal training sessions customized to the results of body-composition analyses and the moisture capacities of sweatbands. The staff are always friendly, making Anytime an inviting place to train.