Helmed by Patricia Valenti, a certified personal trainer and Bikini Pro athlete, Evolution Fitness Club helps members sculpt their physiques daily from 6 a.m. to midnight. The club’s friendly workout facility teems with opportunities for running, lifting, and pounding one’s chest to indicate a dominant social status or demonstrate a new dance move. As their feet trace low-impact circles on an elliptical trainer, exercisers can wrap their minds around a favorite program on a nearby television. Fitness machines overlook Main Street, letting gym goers wave at friends below or cheer on growing grass from the edge of a cushy bike seat. Infrared saunas invite steam-free sweltering, and hot showers wash away the aftermath.
Dr. Elijah Benioni - a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery - uses his training in basic, advanced, and high-definition liposuction to reshape figures and slim problem areas. The clinic eschews the dangers of general anesthesia for safer local numbing methods when performing these ultrasound- or laser-assisted procedures.
The clinic's other services include facial, breast, and derrière lifts, chemical peels, and facials. Fat transfer is also available immediately after the liposuction, and can be used for the face or hands. Team member Dr. Dwight C. Reynolds is a master instructor in the process of suture suspension, and Dr. Joseph Kurt Bivens is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in body contouring and breast surgeries.
Helmed by Dr. Joseph Balen, Simple Relief Wellness Center’s therapeutic massages and adjustments correct muscle aches resulting from back spasms, injury, surgery, and other sources of strain. Female and male massage therapists use a variety of gentle and intense pressure to boost circulation, improve range of motion, and lull muscles into happy dreams of lifting cars off loved ones and into the jaws of a robot T. rex. The massages can stand alone or accompany a chiropractic adjustment to help correct postural issues related to strain or injury. For serious cases, Dr. Balen can call on cold-laser and electric stimulation therapies to relieve pain with the power of technology.
There are plenty of ways to mix up a fitness routine from performing different exercises to working with different trainers. But how about getting fit while suspended in midair? That’s exactly what happens at Circusoul Productions, where students hang above the ground in aerial hammocks. Also known as yoga slings, these hammocks are made from one continuous piece of nylon fabric, which is strategically knotted to coddle the whole human body or a quickly cooling Thanksgiving turkey. Circusoul instructors lead aerial yoga classes both indoors and outdoors (when weather permits). Back on the ground, they provide mat-based yoga workshops, private therapy sessions, and comprehensive training programs for aspiring aerial yoga teachers.
When Yvette Bernosky applied for a part-time job at the Sarasota Bath and Racquet Fitness Club, she didn't realize she was taking the first steps toward what would become a 23-year professional career in the fitness industry. Encouraged by her boss, Yvette began to work with clients individually before taking on a role as one of the club's aerobics instructors. She began travelling internationally to participate in fitness programs and events and earned more than 14 fitness and wellness certifications—including qualifications as a personal trainer, fitness camp instructor, and nutritional counselor.Today, the fitness aficionado owns her own private, fully equipped training studio where she helped Miss Florida International get into sashaying shape. Her staff of qualified instructors lead group classes, including outdoor fitness camps and personal training sessions throughout the week. Amidst spinning cycles and whirring cardio machines, fitness-seekers of all ages bustle through boxing classes, TRX training, and total body conditioning classes.To spirit guests away from their stressors and diet-busting triggers, clients can commission personal trainers to accompany them on fitness retreats.
Florida Laser and Wellness Center restores thinning manes to youthful fullness with FDA-approved laser treatments. One of the strongest hair-restoration lasers in the world, the center's Halo Elite low-level laser features 171 diodes and full automation, preventing the sort of laser-beam overexposure that accounts for 90 percent of all unwanted superpowers. In the 12-and-a-half-minute treatments, the lasers stimulate torpid follicles, increasing blood flow to the scalp as well as cellular metabolism to make scalp-bound hair-spinners kick into overdrive. The treatments can be highly effective, with patients typically seeing results within four to six months of treatment. The Florida Laser and Wellness Center reports hair loss ceasing in 85% of clients, coupled with a 78% increase in hair strength and a 25% increase in hair thickness. Most patients report little sensation during the treatment, allowing them to relax, watch TV, read a magazine, or compose scathing acrostics using the names of ill-loved school superintendents.
Yoga SRQ's experienced instructors lead students through creatively sequenced poses with a packed schedule of Vinyasa Flow classes. Take limbs for a test run in a Vinyasa class, which focuses on proper alignment and mastering combinations of synchronized breathing and vigorous movements, or blend cardio and yoga in the one-hour Energy In Motion session, which pairs sweat and inner peace more effectively than meditating inside an active volcano. Students can also expand yogic horizons in one of Yoga SRQ's non-Vinyasa classes, or nix sneaky stressors with Gentle Energy Yoga's soothing Hatha poses.
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