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.
Calling on more than 50 years of combined experience, the doctors at Body Sculpt By Laser make over clients from the inside out with holistic, noninvasive treatments. Their one-two coup de gr?ce against flab begins with the FDA-approved i-Lipo Laser, which shrinks fatty adipose cells by causing them to release triglycerides for natural disposal through the lymphatic system. This gentle process is aided by whole-body-vibration treatments that kick metabolisms into overdrive for expedient fat removal. The staff also creates custom lifestyle programs and nutritional plans, and supplies herbal supplements to bolster weight-loss efforts.
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 member of the world-wide Ananda yoga community, Ananda Yoga Scotts Valley holds classes with specific focuses. These include yoga postures, chair and restorative yoga, meditation instruction, and classes in yoga philosophy and practice.
At age 21, the otherwise healthy and fit Nicole Gaitan started to suffer from unexplained seizures. After consulting numerous medical professionals and conducting her own research, Nicole began to understand the powerful role that nutrition and fitness play in overall health, and she embarked on a nutritional program that ended her seizures completely.
For the next six years, Nicole dedicated her newfound knowledge to helping others improve their health, completing certifications in both nutrition and personal training. Today, she owns and operates One to One Health, where a staff of professional instructors joins her in offering personal-training sessions, boot-camp classes, and yoga. The trainers eschew rows of cardio machines in favor of functional-training equipment, filling the cheerful, sunlit studio with yoga mats and free weights. In addition to fitness classes, the staff offers private nutrition consultations and guided grocery trips, during which they counsel students on common shopping pitfalls such as buying sugary cereals or sticks of butter with secret bacon centers.
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.