With the motto “train insane or remain the same,” trainers at Silicon Valley Athletic Club pride themselves in helping their students undergo physical transformations. In daily boot-camp, spinning, and Zumba dance-fitness classes, they work one-on-one with clients, ensuring each one gets the most from the group workouts. Classes are held in the club's 35,000-square-foot space.
Lots of people talk about losing weight, but Noriko Rovner did it—and she had fun trying. That's because she discovered Zumba, a workout that feels more like a party and less like a boring trip to the gym. Now 30 pounds lighter, Noriko takes her newfound energy and her high-intensity, Latin-inspired dance moves to various wellness centers. In addition to helping children and adults shimmy toward good health and fit facades, she dances the hula without a safety-hoop.
Part acupuncture center and part herbal pharmacy, Lokahi is home to three licensed and certified acupuncture practitioners, each with their own specialties. This deal is valid with Katy S. Barry, a Five Branches Institute graduate with certificate specialties in Medical Qigong, Sports Injury Medicine, and Five-Element Acupuncture, which seeks to achieve harmony between body, heart, mind, and spirit. Her emphasis at Lokahi also includes women’s health, emotional management, and muscular-skeletal injuries.
Out-of-line spines find their way onto the right path under Dr. Arman Daryaie’s careful hands. He manually adjusts backs and orders up massages to help alleviate myriad problems that range from chronic headaches to fibromyalgia to carpal tunnel syndrome caused by one too many thumb wars.
Some 17,000 patients in four days. That’s how many backs Doctor of Chiropractic Jason Bauer and his team of 38 chiropractors adjusted during a mission trip to Nicaragua. In the Philippines, he adjusted nearly 1,000 patients by himself.
Yet, despite the rapid efficiency with which he can pinpoint the source of back pain, headaches, and digestive issues, Dr. Bauer genuinely enjoys spending time with his patients. During consultations and exams, he discusses all health concerns before carefully feeling along the spine with his palms and fingertips, seeking out segments of the backbone that are rubbing against delicate nerve tissue. Then, with practiced skill, he gently nudges any misalignments back into place.
Certified clinical hypnotherapist Daniel Gross initially became interested in hypnosis to help himself lose weight, beat stress, and regain general health. He created Hypnosis Santa Cruz to help others with the skills he honed while helping himself. Daniel aims to turn negative habits into positive ones, resolve emotional traumas, an establish new patterns of thought for optimal mental and physical performance. He helps clients at Living Lite seminars and out of his confidential Scotts Valley office with issues that include emotional eating, sugar cravings, and negative body image. Daniel also offers in-house visits and sessions via Skype.