Heights Wellness Center's owner Sandra Lawrence set out to open a practice that improves upon the skills of a single practitioner by combining them with the skills of an entire team of health specialists. She has assembled registered dietitians and massage therapists who work neck and neck with acupuncturists, yoga instructors, and life coaches to help clients overcome a range of physical and emotional ailments.
In addition to working one-on-one with clients, the team leads group workshops. Body Karma Healing classes help women find a healthy body image, and breathing workshops help the body reduce asthma and panic attacks brought on by the realization that chickens aren’t going to put up with this egg-stealing stuff forever.
Trying a bunch of jams isn't typically the best prescription for getting fit, but at Fit-Natics by Angie, Angie's jams are the dance type, burning calories instead of adding them. They include songs from Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, and Daddy Yankee in addition to Latin tunes that encourage plenty of hip-shaking on the studio floor. Angie leads Zumba classes to these beats that help her clients to lose weight and tone muscle. And, though the routines incorporate movements from dance styles such as salsa and mambo, they are perfectly doable for students who have never danced before.
Zumba Fitness's instructor, Angie Montgomery, sticks to the roots of her favorite exercise form, underpinning every dance routine with music from a Latin tradition. She draws her moves, though, from other upbeat dance traditions, sometimes incorporating the graceful arm motions of the luau or the frantic leg kicking of the fire-ant attack. She keeps her website updated with an ever-growing playlist of favorite Zumba songs so students can download them and dance at home.
Shanae Frazier started dancing as an adolescent and hasn't stopped since. So when Zumba first popped up on the fitness scene, it was only natural that she took to the class like a fish to water. Soon, she was a certified Zumba instructor with a studio dedicated to the easy-to-follow dance workout. Today at her fitness center, Body Rocks Dance and Fitness Studio, Shanae whips bodies into shape with routines set to high-energy tunes, and tailored to benefit both beginners and seasoned Zumba attendees. Beyond Zumba, Shanae celebrates her dancing roots by teaching classes in ballroom dance, modern dance, and the Hokey Pokey, as well as other fitness-focused workouts such as piloxing and karate.