When it comes to alternative medicine and metaphysical healing, Reverend Michael Phoenix Heart does it all. He's a certified herbalist, reiki master, psychic medium, shaman, and spiritual counselor—just to name a few. He unleashes this impressive grab bag of skills at The Eternal Temple, a serene space dedicated to promoting peace, compassion, culture, and human understanding. Here clients attempt to reconnect with passed loved ones during psychic readings, to achieve mind-body balance during reiki treatments, and to recount their soul's long, strange journey during past-life regression sessions. Visitors can also check out the temple's shop, which is stocked with incense, tinctures, and healing stones that help transform any home, office, or solitary confinement cell into a personal sanctuary.
Bally's story can be traced back to the late 1930s, when a little-known pinball manufacturer in Chicago, Illinois, refined its factories to produce flight equipment for World War II. Ballyhoo's business diversified and boomed in the ‘50s, and within 40 years they became the largest owner and operator of fitness centers in the world. Though their size has ballooned, their mission remains the same: to help each of their clients achieve their ideal bodies through personal training, high-tech workout machines, and heart-pumping group classes. The gym's approach to fitness educates and introduces exercisers to workouts without a steep learning curve or mandatory speed dates with elliptical machines.
There are no frills at the SaltCity CrossFit gym. Instead of rows of flashy cardio machines, televisions pumping out talk shows, and a diamond-glazed lobby, there is a dedicated staff of certified coaches and an abundance of simple, functional exercise equipment. Amid pull-up bars, free weights, and sandbags, instructors lead groups through the CrossFit program’s innovative, high-intensity workouts, scaling movements to accommodate each student’s level of fitness. The coaching team also provides students with nutritional advice, encouraging diets that are high in lean proteins and vegetables and discouraging the consumption of candies, soda, or fried candies and soda.
Armed with the latest technology, Dr. David Braun and his team of dedicated vision sharpeners treat patients to full-service optometric care. From evaluating eyes to enabling 20/20 or 4-D vision, certified specialists diagnose optical ailments and help clients achieve clear sight. Inside the office’s eyewear gallery, lime-green walls and small overhead lights highlight shelf after shelf of lenses and designer frames by brands such as Ray-Ban, Gucci, and Rudy Project. A wide array of lenses (among them, polycarbonate and transition) suit specific lifestyles and guard birds from hazardous run-ins with windows to the soul.
At Matthews Salon Spa, the staff strives to care for each client's whole self, meaning services work to nurture the body and spirit in addition to merely beautifying skin or hair. Using environmentally friendly Aveda products derived from plants and flowers, the staff cuts, colors, and treats hair as if it were the hair of their favorite news anchor. Spa facials, such as the self-renewal facial, rejuvenate skin while also integrating a foot and scalp treatment, and the staff also pampers clients with massages and spa packages.
At Adams Eden, summer camp isn't just for youngsters. The family-owned establishment welcomes adventurers of all ages to its 328 acres of undulating greenery where activities on land and air abound. Anyone with day passes can partake in hiking, boating, and volleyball, or explore the mountain meadow maze. Overnight guests have their pick of lodgings that include a sprawling lodge, a cozy cabin, a rustic platform tent, or camp sites equipped with fire pits and picnic tables.