Camp Gladiator founder Ally Davidson?s childhood obsession with the outdoors and sports led her to pursue a degree in exercise physiology. After her 2008 win on the TV show American Gladiators, Ally decided to share her love of fitness with the world at large. Camp Gladiator reflects Ally's passion for fitness in its mission, which espouses their desire "to positively impact the physical fitness and ultimately the lives of as many people as possible." During Camp Gladiator Total Transformation, participants lose weight and gain energy in a friendly, positive environment. Over four-weeks, trainers focus on accountability, competition, motivation, and fun at multiple locations. Results are tracked during fitness assessments, body composition tests, and a fitness calendar, while nutrition counseling helps to maximize those results. Click here to view before and after images.
Davidson also leads boot camps in 13 U.S. cities, with each hosting multiple training locales. The upbeat staff of certified trainers lead patrons of all ages and fitness levels through four-week outdoor boot camps, earning Camp Gladiator a Hot Spot title from Women's Health magazine's Fitness Awards in 2013, Best Boot Camp from Rare magazine in 2010, Best of Big D 2010?2013 from D magazine, and Best Outdoor Boot Camp 2012 from Austin Fit magazine.
Creating a fun and festive environment that dazzles wide-eyed youngsters, Snip-its takes the stress out of maintaining the locks of jittery tykes. A kid-friendly staff maintains manes while ensuring safety—which is of paramount concern—by providing chairs especially designed for miniature adults. During the cut, melted crayons and various knickknacks are snipped away from tussled noodle nests, leaving hairs as fresh as the day they were born. While the follicular wreckage is brushed off, children can play with a bounty of activities and games. With so much to keep young eyes occupied, the atmosphere almost feels like that inside the house that Ruth built—Disneyland.
Green Clean Carpet Care provides quality carpet cleaning without harsh chemicals and other health and environmental offenders. EPA-approved hypoallergenic cleaning methods are kind to kids, pets, and Mother Earth, but they do some serious damage to stubborn stains. After clearing furniture (excluding electronic items and items weighing more than 50 pounds) from the cleaning zone, professional cleaners will proceed through an 11-step cleaning process that includes vacuuming, conditioning, spot and stain treatment, hot-water soil extraction and rinse, neutralizer, and grooming. The process excavates deep down to carpet substrata where oil, dirt, and dust form a grimy layer cake consumed by mites at their germy birthday parties. Unlike cleaners who take a "spray and pray" approach, Green Clean professionals conduct a post-treatment inspection to ensure customer satisfaction.
At Cielo Spa, clients can find relief for everything from stress to headaches and fibromyalgia. Rosalba and Raul Flores?the sister-and-brother team behind the spa?have created a service menu that includes deep-tissue, hot-stone, and trigger-point massage. Additionally, they offer paraffin hand and foot treatments, various facials, and a body scrub crafted from Dead Sea salts and essential oils.
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The best way to learn a new skill is to do it. And at the Austin Institute for Massage & Spa Therapies, professional therapists—who work in the field every day—inspire students during the massage mastery program. Students explore massage techniques alongside lessons in anatomy as a part of an extensive, comprehensive curriculum that culminates in official licensing from the state of Texas.
The institute's director and co-founder, Raul Flores, has worked tirelessly in the field since 1991—in practice, consulting, and education. He and his team have created a spa-like atmosphere within a 3,500-square-foot space where students get hands-on experience in real-life scenarios, such as in one of nine massage rooms, near an aromatherapy bath, or in the drawing room with the candelabra.
At Family Dentistry of South Austin, Round Rock, and Cedar Park, dentists Jordan Von Seht and Michael Caparas aim to provide technologically advanced services in a welcoming, kid-friendly setting. Dr. Caparas has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education to bring the latest techniques to his patients, and Dr. Von Seht was a practicing physical therapy before deciding to pursue a career in dentistry.
Before appointments for smile-smoothing veneers, Zoom! whitening sessions, Six Month Smiles treatments, or Invisalign aligners, patients nosh on complimentary refreshments while children sit in the play area and discuss baby teeth as a passive income stream. In the treatment rooms—which are outfitted in soothing earth tones and colorful artwork—staffers put guests at ease with blankets, movies and video games, and wireless Internet.