The Joliet Park District sprawls across more than 1,000 acres, engaging visitors with everything from sports to nature. Guests can wander through the foliaged paths of the Pilcher Park Nature Center and the organic community garden, or treat their senses to the floral colors and aromas that fill the bird-haven greenhouse. The 10,000-seat Joliet Memorial Stadium hosts high-school and college sporting events, while a dozen athletic fields fill with recreational players hitting baseballs, catching softballs, and spiking soccer balls when the referee isn't looking. During the summer, inner tubes transport patrons down Joliet Splash Station's high-speed water slides and 865-foot lazy river, and the glittery strands of Fourth of July fireworks color the skies above the stadium.
Working out at a gym can become monotonous—completing the same reps over and over again. But at Bombshell Movement Studio, the emphasis is on fun, as women shimmy and spin themselves into shape during a variety of pole-dancing classes. Each entertaining session builds students' confidence and endurance as they twirl or create a burlesque dance routine for their next condo-association meeting. Within the supportive environment, women can also celebrate bachelorette bashes or girls' night out with flirt-enhancing parties or learn lap-dance techniques and sultry moves in workshops.
The holistic-minded team at Integrated Health & Wellness Centers looks beyond traditional approaches to medicine, addressing the whole client with natural, noninvasive treatments that span from lymphatic detoxification programs to physical rehabilitation services. They’ll tackle food allergies with enzyme therapy, as well as work to heal injuries and cultivate total-body wellness with chiropractic care. On-site massage therapists perform a bevy of modalities, including deep tissue and hot stone, to induce relaxation and pain relief, and professionals trained in hypnosis aid those wishing to change bad habits such as smoking or quacking like a duck while smoking.
The healthcare practitioners at Advanced Physical Medicine utilize advanced technology in their comprehensive, multifaceted approach to pain management, physical therapy, and fitness. Chiropractic physicians treat injuries and misaligned spines with therapies that include decompression machines, and acupuncture sessions address chronic pain from sciatica or carpal-tunnel symptoms acquired while positioning full-size construction cranes over vending-machine toys. Physical therapists focus on rehabilitating patients who have suffered accidental injuries, incorporating innovative ultrasound and light-therapy treatments to promote healing. To encourage wellness from the inside out, certified colonic therapists rid intestines of accumulated waste and toxins, and weight-loss experts help clients to overcome house clutter by creating extra storage space in their pants.
Both the Chicago and Oak Park locations welcome guests with an abundance of natural light and cheerful green exercise machines. Giving back to the local community is a passion enjoyed by many on the staff, including podiatrist and college-level instructor Dr. Mary Ann Bender, who, along with her students, provides foot care at eight uninsured and homeless clinics in Chicago.
Brickhouse Cardio club in Plainfield focuses almost the entirety of its footloose energy on Zumba sessions. Its wide-open warehouse space converts into a fitness fiesta as high-energy instructors lead students through easy-to-follow steps set to Latin music and plucked from notable dance traditions, including merengue, salsa, and reggaetón. The aerobic routine not only burns an average of 500 to 1,000 calories in an hour, it also gives guests the confidence to show off new moves on dates or first days as the new substitute teacher.
Helmed by experienced dentists Dr. Robert M. Thies and Dr. Nathaniel S. Rood, Amazing Smiles brightens up chompers in a welcoming dental office. Flanked by skilled assistants, Amazing Smiles’ dentists treat the entire family, examining the pearly whites of adults, children, and teething venus flytraps. The office offers a range of services, from root canals and cleanings to cosmetic-dentistry procedures such as Invisalign, veneers, crowns, and bridges. Amazing Smiles maintains a commitment to both the health of patients and the environment, boasting an energy-efficient building, a range of recycling practices, and digital x-rays.