Every week, The Palomar Ballroom's 80-year-old space reverberates with a DJ's Latin beats and synchronized salsa shimmies. Beneath a baroque chandelier, couples twirl passionately enough for the New York Times to deem this salsa party the "spiciest spot downtown." Owner and award-winning ballroom dancer Jeremy Pilling prizes the supportive atmosphere that allows his students to commingle at these parties, whose themes can also cover Argentine tango and swing.
To lead up to its festivities, The Palomar Ballroom hosts drop-in classes, weekly series, rehearsals for routines, and private lessons for dancers that range from beginner to expert. During these sessions, seasoned instructors stress the social aspects of dance while teaching the techniques, rotating partners often so that they can learn different ways to twirl, dip, and ceremoniously lacerate a rug. Visiting dance champions also lead workshops on their specialties, showcasing advanced steps in cha cha, samba, swing, rumba, and other styles.
At Aqua Body Cleansing, a certified colon hydrotherapist shower large intestines with water to ward off disease and promote efficient organ function. During an initial session, a specialist explains the emulsifying process and touts its potential health benefits, which may include relief from constipation, irritability, lower-back pain, and ancient gum wads.
As a Certified Nutrition Educator and Consultant with 13 years of experience as a vegetarian cook, Maria has a résumé that barely fits on one page. It's a good thing that most of her recipes do. Maria gravitates toward simple, nutritious ingredients when crafting her salads, soups, and gluten-free pastries. Rich vegetables and legumes often serve as the backbone to her meals, which are designed to support overall health and heal the body's illnesses.
These meals are only part of Maria's wellness and weight-loss program. She also advocates meaningful lifestyle changes that may range from growing your own unprocessed foods to avoiding products with gluten. If you're uninitiated with holistic nutrition, there's no need to worry. Maria regularly leads tours of local grocery stores, cluing her clients in on which grains promote health and which vegetables most effectively ward off vampires.
Since its founding in 1987, Living Lite's weight-loss program has helped thousands of people slim down quickly and almost effortlessly. Instead of simply telling clients to change their eating habits, its practitioners use hypnotic suggestion to root newer, healthier behaviors in the subconscious minds. Clients find themselves exercising regularly and picking more wholesome foods without ever having to think about it consciously. Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis does not induce amnesia, and participants will usually remember everything that happens during the soothing sessions.
As Daniel Gross sat in his high-school auditorium 30 years ago, watching a stage hypnotist demonstrate his skills with his classmates, he knew he was glimpsing the true power of the subconscious. Now a certified clinical hypnotherapist practicing at Hypnosis Santa Cruz, Daniel taps into that power to place positive suggestions into his patients' minds. He works with clients to help them break unhealthy habits, from smoking to overeating to yelling at professional wrestlers.
From its humble beginnings in Kankakee, Illinois, in 1938, Dairy Queen has grown from a delicious experiment in soft-serve ice cream to a household name with more than 5,900 restaurants around the world. The shop's signature frozen delights are built upon frosty foundations of creamy chocolate or vanilla soft serve, which swirl idyllically into cones, cups, sundaes, Peanut Buster parfaits, and the chain's iconic Blizzard treats, blended with crumbled candy and other mix-ins. Ice-cream cakes cleverly conceal surprise fillings of fudge and chocolate crunch between layers of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, providing sweet, sliceable sustenance for birthday parties and other special occasions.
Fruit rules the roost on the other side of the slushy emporium, where Orange Julius blends its signature frothy drinks crafted from fruit juice, ice, and a "magic” powdered sweetener that explains why they disappear from most customers’ cups minutes after the first delicious sip. Real fruit purée forms the basis for the shop's smoothies, which also come in diet-friendly light versions that boast one-third fewer calories than regular smoothies.
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