As Ross Valley CrossFit states on their website, they?re focused on creating a workout that?s ?productive, not destructive.? That said, the IGNITE! Training Program is intense, and the trainers push their students to the limit during daily workouts populated with a variety of challenging but functional movements and exercises. Through the use of intuitive movements such as pushing, running, and pressing, they prepare class participants for anything the day can throw at them, from hauling groceries to fireman-carrying a large person, running a marathon, or climbing a mountain. They mix up routines each day to keep things interesting; students may perform pushups and deadlifts one session before swinging kettlebells and running sprints the next. Paired with nutritional advice, workouts help those of all ages and fitness levels slim down, enhance agility and flexibility, and build brawn across all muscle groups.
At Breaking Away Bicycles, cycling enthusiasts and mechanics facilitate two-wheeled joyrides with a full line of bikes and accessories, repair services, and custom bike fittings. Apparel from brands such as Hincapie, Louis Garneau, and Castelli prepares cyclists for safe road riding and off-road jaunts through nature. In the repair shop, mechanics service bicycles of all makes and models, inspecting shocks and custom-fitting bikes to conform to the needs of riders or earth-dwelling former mermaids. For those in search of a new ride, Breaking Away Bicycle rents out mountain bikes and sells cycles from brands such as Ellsworth, Raliegh, Blue and KHS.
Registered dispensing optician Patrick Fasano of Focus Opticians personalizes peepers with carefully calibrated lenses and distinctive frames. Scratch-resistant lenses (a $139 value) stylishly block rays while increasing the safety factor of nuzzling equatorial cactuses. Next door to the main show room, Focus Opticians' optical outlet store stocks some designer-name frames as well as closeout and discontinued styles (a $99 value). Each customer also receives a free glasses case and cleaning cloth with his or her purchase. Consultations range from 20 to 30 minutes and conclude with increased clarity, allowing patrons to resume the vision-intensive process of retracing ant footsteps.
A PGTAA-certified golf instructor, Jim Murray draws on a life as a high-level junior and collegiate athlete to help club-toting clients of all abilities take their games to the next level. Add new dimensions to your repertoire of wedge wizardry in a one-hour short-game group lesson, where Jim helps players roll it close to the pin with parabolic flop shots, precise chips, and light backspin achieved by caroming the ball off fellow players’ spines. Group lessons are held on Sundays from 1–2 p.m.
An interest in computer systems brought Martin Canovas to California from his native country of Brazil in 2001, but it would be another complex system that would keep him here. Following his heart, Martin made the move from systems engineer to holistic healer, earning both a master's in traditional Chinese medicine and certification in orthopedic sports medicine. Today, the licensed acupuncturist and herbalist strives to treat people, not their symptoms, by determining root causes before recommending a treatment path that will spark the body's innate healing abilities and latent superpowers. Plans may include the insertion of sterile acupuncture needles to unblock bodily energy as well as herbal supplements to bolster healing. Martin also offers tui na, a blend of massage and acupressure, in his attempts to assuage maladies such as fatigue, gastrointestinal conditions, and allergies.
Armed with a clinical doctorate in acupuncture and Oriental medicine from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, licensed acupuncturist Lumiel Kim-Hammerich harnesses ancient healing arts to treat patients for more than 50 different conditions. During acupuncture treatments, tiny sterile needles, hands, or noninvasive tools stimulate specific points on the body, offering an alternative to medicine to alleviate sources of pain and stress. Healing takes place in a community setting, with a common room adorned with four massage tables or five recliner chairs that coddle visitors like a mother hen coddles her favorite stuffed animal. In addition to acupuncture, Lumiel also offers reflexology and Hanna somatics training on a private basis.