Director Maribeth Hammond and her certified, supportive instructors pursue the achievement of four goals in each class held at The Yoga Channel: spiritual awareness, serenity, body alignment, and flexibility. The studio's ocean views cultivate a sense of calm, and class styles including flow, sunset, Iyengar yoga, and mat Pilates restore strength and augment fitness goals. A seven-day schedule includes early-morning, afternoon, and evening classes that invigorate both experienced yogis and tin men rendered immobile after misplacing their oilcans. To aid new students, instructors circle the classroom throughout each session and tweak any improper techniques.
The experts at Healing Laser Centers can ease pain without a single touch. That's because they harness the healing power of the cold laser, a device that sends low levels of energy deep into strained and injured muscles to jump-start the healing process. In each 5- to 20-minute treatment, staffers suffuse the body with this powerful light energy to relieve pain caused by work stresses, athletic endeavors, or attempts to give itself a back massage. Many patients feel nothing during the treatment and often feel progressively better for days afterward. To enhance the technology's muscle-mending capabilities, the center also keeps massage therapists on staff for hands-on tension relief.
Hollywood Beach Fitness, a spacious, clean gym, contains a variety of treadmills, free weights, circuit machines, and harbor views. There, in addition to the gym equipment—which also includes kettlebells and ropes—patrons will find group fitness classes that range from cardio ballet to strength training to kickboxing. The fitness center offers personal and small-group training coupled with nutrition coaching.
Elizabeth Gutierrez loves doing and teaching Zumba because it’s a fun way to work out. Certified in Zumba Fitness, she leads classes set to the tunes of motivational music as her pupils gyrate their hips and perform dance combinations that help them burn calories and trim waistlines. She is also certified in Zumba Toning, a modified version of the class that uses Zumba Toning sticks and enhanced rhythms to help sculpt bodies and build strength.
Knockout Boxing & Fitness unites guests with kickboxing-centered fitness classes and an array of cardio equipment, free weights, and yoga mats. The gym's trainers coach sweat savants in classes that knock out up to 1,000 calories per session while increasing self-esteem and odds of dominating arm-wrestling matches. Kickboxing and boxing techniques are infused in classes such as the full-circuit KO 360 class, which establishes a ring of workout stations zeroing in on heavy-bag drills, mitt work, and core work, and the KO Sparring class, which teaches fitness-seekers boxing basics through three-minute rounds of drills. For a customized workout, a health regimen is developed to suit each client's nutritional, emotional, and fitness needs in the 10-week Go Girl Go boxing and fitness program.
Like any detective, Dr. William Shaffer sometimes fields tough cases. He might have to scout out the perfect contact lens for a hard-to-fit pair of eyes, glasses small enough for a baby, or the right glaucoma treatment. He takes on each visitor with the same cheer and ease, however—after more than 30 years of running a practice in Oxnard, he's learned how to navigate the tricky as well as the routine examples.
Dr. Shaffer examines eyes with standard check-ups and specialty procedures, such as corneal topography measures and glaucoma checks. He determines prescriptions for corrective lenses—glasses or contacts—and helps clients to browse a selection of frames, including specs from Guess and Ray-Ban. Above all, his office emphasizes convenience for families. It boasts eyewear for all ages, an on-site lab for quick repairs, and a bilingual staff.
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