Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn up to 500 calories with each go-round.
No one knows the healing power of yoga therapy as intimately as Sheri Glackin who, after living with chronic back pain caused by four herniated discs, was able to heal herself with yoga therapy in a few months. She knew immediately that she wanted to teach others how to heal without invasive surgeries or body swaps, and she became certified as a yoga therapist and Reiki practitioner.
Today, her yoga-therapy sessions help ailing clients repair their bodies through hands-on yoga postures, breathing techniques, and meditation. Yoga therapy is more like physical therapy than traditional yoga, and it is tailored to treat chronic pain and stress with specific movements. Sheri also balances energy with relaxing Reiki sessions.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Reflexology, natural health care
What?s your favorite part about your job?
Helping people improve their state of health
The interior of a business can affect how its customers feel. What kind of decor do you use to help make your clients feel pampered and at ease?
Essential oils and pleasant relaxing music are used during the sessions to help the clients to relax and feel comfortable.
Bella Vita Massage Therapy owner and licensed massage therapist Stephanie Swango calls upon the skills she picked up at Dayton School of Medical Massage to soften and soothe muscles. To maximize the therapeutic benefits of each session, she encourages clients to arrive a few minutes early so that a brief consultation and prep does not interfere with the duration of the treatment. After clients lie down on her massage table, she pores over their muscles with a relaxing Swedish massage, which induces relaxation, or deep-tissue massage, which utilizes focused pressure and stretching to relieve the soreness that typically comes from wrestling with a bungee cord.
Equipment: Keiser bikes with computers, dumbbells, kettlebells, plyo boxes
Students should bring: Water and a towel
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Come in a little early to get acquainted with movements and other people
Heather, the owner of On The Fly Fitness Studio, grew up by California's coast, and still spends as much time as she can in the water. In fact, it was swimming that introduced her to the joys of fitness when she was young and led her to coach high-school water polo later. Soon, she realized she not only loved reaching her own fitness goals, she loved helping her students achieve their goals too?so she made a career out of it.
At her studio, Heather leads indoor cycling classes fused with other forms of fitness. She tries to incorporate strength training and flexibility training into each class while using her bikes to help people build endurance or conquer their fear of bicycle messengers. "We modify any movement to fit your personal comfort level as well as your ability level," she says. "We also keep a lot [of] variety so that no one workout is completely the same."
More than 700 frames await clientele at Optical Fashions, a local institution whose licensed optometrists have been correcting the vision of area eyes for more than 50 years. Still headquartered in Beavercreek, the company now operates outposts throughout the Miami Valley with the same focus on long-term patient satisfaction that helped them succeed in the first place. At six convenient locations, doctors diagnose potential eyesight issues and help patients choose the most suitable lenses, which the staff processes on-site in their technology-packed optical lab. These lenses fit snugly into frames from the shops' expansive selections, which include brands ranging from Juicy Couture and Project Runway to Gant and Ernest Hemingway.