At Minorsan Self-Defense & Fitness, the team of instructors share their wealth of knowledge to equip students with real-world self-defense skills, but their classes also focus on fitness. They also branch out into dance-based Zumba, kickboxing, and BodyPump––a class that mingles weightlifting with upbeat music. Kids are welcome, too, with martial arts programs that instill them with leadership skills.
Whenever she strolled down a sandy beach or marveled at the redwoods of a lush forest, LeTa Jussila would be reminded that Santa Cruz was the most beautiful place in the world. It seemed a shame to her that most people spent so much of their days inside houses and offices rather than taking advantage of the diverse landscapes of their surroundings. Inspired, she spearheaded the foundation of Optimal Health and Fitness—a multidimensional outdoor-fitness program.
Today, LeTa and her staff of trainers conduct energetic weight-loss classes at local beaches, forests, and mountain trails. They use the tools of their surroundings as exercise equipment, such as running up park stairs for a cardio workout. Encouraging well-rounded, healthy lifestyles, the instructors also conduct seminars on holistic topics such as stress management and meditation. Nutrition specialists, meanwhile, provide students with balanced meal plans and supervise detoxifying cleanses. The staff also offers various treatments popularized in the East, including traditional Chinese acupuncture treatments and rejuvenating qi gong stretching classes.
Bodyworks Personal Fitness Studio's certified personal trainer Ross Matejcek uses his 15 years of experience to hone each patron's muscular strength and help rev up cardio endurance with one-hour personal-training sessions. Matejcek customizes workouts to his clients' ages, abilities, and goals, instructing bodies in the motions that will increase strength and speed without the hassle of catching a piggyback ride on a triathlete.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Service: Chiropractic care
Doctor of Chiropractic Cheryl Graham knows a lot about how the human body moves, and not just because she's a chiropractor. She has studied movement her whole life, first as a young dancer who went on to dance professionally and then later as a college student who graduated with two bachelor's degrees in human development and dance. But Dr. Graham also worked in the grocery business for 20 years, where she sustained multiple labor-related injuries. In fact, she was working in the grocery business when she was introduced to chiropractic care. It helped heal her body and she was so impressed that she decided to become a chiropractor herself.
Now she oversees LionHeart Chiropractic, where patients rely on her combination of spinal adjustments, corrective exercises, and massage therapy to heal. Her colorful clinic also supports the art community by displaying the work of local artists.
Caitlin Elfving, Debbie McMenemy, and Kim Pfister call their acupuncture practice a lounge for good reason. Upon entering the Flux Acupuncture Lounge?s treatment room, one typically sees a group of relaxed guests sinking into recliners. Patients are encouraged to stay as long as they wish to better absorb the benefits of meticulously placed needles.
Caitlin has a master's in Oriental medicine and uses acupuncture as a noninvasive solution to nagging ailments. Debbie, who also has a master?s in traditional Chinese medicine, focuses on treating pain with acupuncture. She traveled to China frequently during her studies and saw just how effective community acupuncture can be. In practice for more than a decade, Kim is a grad of Five Branches University in Santa Cruz and remains active in the goings ons of the school.
The three health experts use holistic medicine to treat chronic issues, such as hormonal imbalances, and also provide relief from temporary conditions, such as back pain or disappointment after forgetting to make a wish at 11:11.
Like snowflakes, no two human bodies are alike. This is why Healthy Solutions 101 personalizes each of their natural health programs. With 14 types of tests, the staff has the investigatory goods to accurately assess the condition of each individual. Once intelligence has been gathered via blood work, mineral taste tests, and thyroid function tests, the team takes on health concerns through natural means that doesn?t require invasive procedures or synthetic get-well cards. Their recently renovated massage room was redesigned to promote relaxation and help clients achieve a sense of calm.