Mission Trail Experience walks history lovers through El Paso's past on tours that explore museums and offer eyes feasts of architecture dating back to the days of Spanish colonization. The three- to four-hour tour of the San Elizario historical district pauses at 17 sites of local and historical importance, such as the colonial Presidio Chapel and the Old County Jail, where Jesse James penned his first vegan cookbook. Embark on the four- to five-hour Mission Trail tour to venture farther afield, visiting the colonial Ysleta and Socorro missions, along with the San Elizario chapel and the Tigua Indian Cultural Center.
"My dad told me, 'Mijo, no matter what the sport, the best athletes are always in tremendous shape!'" René Armijo says on his website when describing how he came to concentrate on fitness. The boxer would always remember these words, forever seeking out superior health and fitness practices as he worked toward building his fighting career. At Fighter Physique, René combines his experience in the ring with his passion for fitness, joining a team of fellow fighters and exercise aficionados to lead students toward diamond-chiseled physiques.
At the brightly lit studio, a forest of red punching bags abounds with instructors guiding all skill levels through proper boxing and kickboxing techniques, infusing workouts with high-intensity calisthenics and aerobic exercises. The staff opens all of their classes to kids as well, encouraging youngsters to leave behind sedentary lives of playing video games and reading their mothers' diaries in order to build the foundations of invaluable lifelong fitness skills.
The Mind Body Studio's instructors believe that physical and mental balance can be achieved at varying speeds. From the slow, deliberate poses of hot yoga to the lively, energized dance steps of Zumba, their fitness programs forge an increased connectivity between muscles and minds. The certified instructors correct students' Pilates positioning aboard mats and Reformers, and Active Isolated Stretching sessions help them ease tension in connective tissues. The group and private classes accommodate guests of all skill levels, who can later impress the onsite massage therapist with their ability to infinitely hold the napping human yoga pose.
At Sole Support Medical, board-certified pedorthist Ramon Dominguez and his team address aches and ailments by working to correct clients' foot and ankle alignment. The specialists review stance and walking posture and utilize a digital foot scanner to discover instep issues.
They shape custom orthotic devices for each client, which aim to correct overpronation, a condition commonly known as flat feet that can negatively impact the lower body. Much like insoles or sandwiches hidden from airport security, the devices slip discreetly inside of shoes and conform to the contours of the wearer's feet, and they reduce stress and strain on the body and bring feet into proper alignment.
Therapists align bodies, minds, and emotions at Bellen’s Reiki. Reiki sessions yield whole body health and wellness, as well as feelings of clarity and balance. Other alternative treatments include magnet therapy, Qi Gong breathing exercises, and aura cleanings.
The Root Yoga practices an inclusionary brand of yoga that welcomes newcomers and experienced yogis alike. Its team of instructors leads lessons in many different styles, teaching participants to focus on breathing and flow through varied poses.