A major concern in sports where high-speed impact is possible, concussions pose a particular danger to young people, since their bodies and minds are still developing. In an effort to prevent concussions, youth leagues such as the Edgcumbe Hockey Association in Saint Paul have begun recommending players wear special helmets that absorb impacts and reduce the threat of sustaining a concussion from a collision. Not all families can afford this equipment, however, leaving some children unable to participate in the game. In an effort to help these kids safely take to the ice, Regions Hospital provides protective helmets to youth players who cannot afford them.
Run or Dye is making race running a little more colorful, one major city at a time. This 5K is divided up into four separate courses of varying lengths, each designated by a separate color??which also reflects the color of safe, eco-friendly powered dye the participants get splashed with. At the end of the race, they'll cross into the aptly-named Dye Zone?a polychromatic free-for-all, where fluorescent color is thrown freely from all sides, allowing runners to splash their fellow runners or get colorful revenge on their friends, family members, and any cranky art-history teachers that happen to be walking by.
Unlike some races that rank runners by time, Run or Dye only measures success in color and fun. While the safe-to-eat dyes should wash out of clothing, runners are encouraged to wear things they don't mind getting dirty, preferably in white, gray, or another neutral color to give the dyes maximum visibility.
Associated Eye Care fields a trio of ophthalmologists who specialize in the all-laser iLASIK system, which utilizes wavefront-guided laser technology to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The vision-correcting procedure begins with a WaveScan eye mapping, which blueprints the cornea’s imperfections and creates a customized 3-D image to guide the surgeon throughout the process. The all-laser IntraLase then creates a precise corneal flap, which reduces the risk of side effects, complications, and mirages of pink elephants. The CustomVue laser reshapes the cornea according to the 3-D eye map to improve vision before the protective flap adheres to the eye naturally. The procedure takes around 10 minutes per eye, and cornea-numbing eye drops are applied to minimize discomfort. Clients usually return to their normal routine within one to three days and typically achieve full vision results within one to four weeks—the same time it takes to find a pair of glasses in a crowd of Coke bottles.
The team behind Highbridge Tattoo & Laser Tattoo Removal has the real-world experience and clinical knowledge to guide clients through any stage of the tattoo life cycle?from its inception to its laser-based elimination. The skills of seasoned tattoo artists Thomas Alvarado, Sean Crofoot, and Miles Hunsberger combine with those of a pair of tattoo-removal experts, Thomas H. Barrows and Aleksander Nedich, to complete all manner of skin-ink tasks.
Physician Thomas H. Barrows has helped design medical lasers and lectured on laser-skin interactions throughout the world, and laser technician Aleksandar Nedich has 15 years of experience in the tattoo industry, and therefore understands the way ink sits in the skin. The duo previously collaborated to create Northeast Laser Tattoo Removal in Minneapolis. They work directly with the Highbridge Tattoo artists to lighten ink, facilitate a cover-up tattoo, or slide off sleeve tattoos as if they were oiled water wings.
Trained massage therapist Sharon Madison incorporates more than 20 years of experience?including time spent working for the University of Minnesota Athletic Division?into each treatment she performs at Heart and Soul Bodywork. Offering custom massage, energy-work, and spa-detox treatments, she is well versed in myofascial-release, trigger-point, and hot-stone therapies as well as acupressure and reflexology. Madison also brings bodies back into balance with the reinvigorating powers of reiki energy work, and sports massages reduce the pain and swelling athletes may experience after doing arm curls with the Stanley Cup.
Every staff member at ProSkin Esthetics and Laser Center boasts one of two titles: Aveda-trained aesthetician or nationally certified laser specialist. Some even tout both. Their dual skills allow the spa to offer clients both naturally derived and technologically advanced beauty services. Guests can opt to schedule a free consultation before any of these treatments, though the specialists require it before they will expose age spots, unwanted hair, or tattoos to the spa's FDA-approved lasers. Aestheticians also set a mandate with their facials?all clients will receive an upper-body, hand, and arm massage as skincare products nourish needy pores and directionally challenged skincare products nourish nearby pillowcases.