As heat bounces off the vibrant orange walls of Bikram Yoga Mililani, a Bikram-certified instructor leads students of all levels through 26 postures that work together to systematically stretch and strengthen every part of the body. The 105-degree heat and 40% humidity work together to loosen up stiff muscles, allowing guests to sink deeper into poses, sweat out toxins, and sweat off misguided clown face paint. After class, students can snack on fresh orange slices or cool off on the outdoor patio while daring the greenery to forward-bend from their roots.
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At Foot Detox Cleansing, clients relax comfortably in a chair while attentive clinicians pamper tootsies via an array of foot-centric services. The outfit specializes in Ion Detox Cleansing services, in which feet soak in a basin of warm water and sea salt while an Ion Bath machine pulls toxins from the body through the pores of the feet. The current catalyzes the transfer of ions in and out of cells, helping to restore the balance of the body’s positive charges, negative charges, and charges that are currently undecided. The procedure can help such major organs as the liver, kidneys, and lungs function properly and fight pain arising from headaches and menstrual cramps.
Designed to recreate Hawaii's native volcanic rock and its thrilling climbs, a multitude of climbing surfaces erupt throughout Volcanic Rock Gym's 3,000 square feet. From 16 feet in the air, a large top-out boulder hangs over an expanse of traversing walls, campus boards, and safety mats. Traditionalists can scale a vertical wall with the reassurance of a physical anchor on the top-rope routes, and rebellious climbers and mountain-goat impersonators can attempt the crack-climbing walls and bouldering façades. In addition, curious spelunkers can explore the bouldering cave, negotiating its ceiling holds and stubborn bats to emerge back in the gym from a massive overhang. Climbing routes change every month to present new climbing challenges and dissuade cheaters from memorizing all the foothold nibs before testing their climbing prowess.
For Yoga Loft Hawaii’s founder, Lisa Sochocki, yoga isn’t just a way to stretch and strengthen the body. It’s a tried-and-true method of ridding the mind of clutter such as worries, anger, and unsolved calculus problems. Without such distractions, students can listen to the wisdom their hearts contain. To build classes that pursue this goal, Lisa and her team of instructors draw upon 400 hours of teacher training and more than a decade of posing practice. Vibrant Vinyasa flow sessions explore sun salutations, arm balances, and backbends amid soothing turquoise walls and a soundtrack of vibrant music. Here, yogis of all levels learn to link poses with deep, relaxing breaths, forming a strong foundation for challenging classes such as power Vinyasa. Yin routines highlight yoga’s power to calm through lengthy poses that flex the body’s connective tissue and unblock its energy pathways. The loft also hosts classes that teach kids aged 4–6 how to melt stress and potty-mouthed snow angels during classes filled with playful poses and relaxation techniques.
When Dr. Dean Shivvers is asked to explain what he does, he leans on a favorite quote by inventor Thomas Edison: "The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame." The native Iowan has had his close calls with traditional medicine—after a motorcycle accident in high school left him in pain, his doctor told him he would need to undergo exploratory surgery. He opted for noninvasive chiropractic care instead, and after a few weeks his pain was completely gone.
As is the case with so many chiropractic doctors, this personal experience led Dr. Shivvers to his life's work. Today, at Turning Point Chiropractic on Oahu's North Shore, he practices chiropractic medicine with holistic treatments that focus on easing muscle tension, realigning the spine, and healing the body as a single organism.
Acupuncturist and Chinese medical herbalist Shelly Denny treats patients at two locations, where she unpacks her needles and the skills she honed at Southwest Acupuncture College. Her education, coupled with time spent helping stroke victims recover during clinical internships and externships in rehabilitation hospitals, all inform her practice, where she specializes in issues such as pain management and injury recovery as well as insomnia and women's health. Her specific style of acupuncture draws from Japanese techniques for a gentler procedure. Her treatments, however, are not limited to acupuncture and herbalism; Shelly also performs moxibustion and reiki.