Rio Massage & Brazilian Waxing's services are simple: they specialize in banishing muscle tension with massages, and unwanted body hair with waxing. Massage therapists are well versed in deep-tissue, medical, and sports massage techniques and apply them to uproot stress buried in clients' shoulders, backs, and wishbones. Waxing treatments help clients showcase hairless bikini zones, bare underarms, and smooth legs.
Brent Insco had already roundhouse-kicked his way to a black belt in karate, trained with boxers, and learned krav maga when a car crash laid him low. As part of his physical therapy, he soldiered on in his martial endeavors and began the decade-long process of becoming a Brazilian jujitsu master. That was in 2004, and to this day he still makes frequent sojourns to San Diego to study under the BJJ legends, Saulo and Xande Ribeiro, who themselves learned the art at Gracie Humaitá, established by the creator of BJJ, Hélio Gracie. At his own studio, Downriver Jiu Jitsu & Fitness, Insco teaches students of all ages the fighting form—a judo-like discipline founded on the principle that a small fighter can best a larger opponent, as in the tale of David and Goliath or the popular children’s book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, It Will Destroy You. Insco’s trainers also lead fitness classes, such as Latin-inspired Zumba dance, boot camp, yoga, and Bruce Lee’s martial-arts system, jeet kune do, and work with clients one on two in semi-personal-training sessions.
Even before he became a chiropractor, Dr. Robin Roberts understood the power of a good adjustment. He played on a minor league baseball team, and before and after every game, he observed the team chiropractor keeping players healthy enough to hustle for ground balls, swat dingers, and run away from broken windows. It was enough that, once he hung up his glove, he decided to become a chiropractor himself.
Since 2003, Dr. Roberts has been administering his hands-on chiropractic techniques to professional baseball players, hockey players, and patients suffering from aches and chronic pain. Eschewing every ounce of conventional medication and invasive techniques, his non-invasive methods trigger the body's own self-healing resources to correct ailments ranging from chronic pain to migraines.
Advanced Holistic Health aims to give its clients the tools they need to repair their bodies. To that end, they offer massage therapy, exercise coaching, and nutritional therapy, as well as private and semi-private yoga classes that can help students of all levels push through fitness plateaus. Classes such as Hatha, Yin, Vinyasa, and restorative yoga are designed to encourage freedom of movement, expression, and mental and physical practice. In the past, clients have commented on the clean, open feeling of Advanced Holistic Health's building, as well as their friendly and welcoming staff.
Yoga Alliance–registered instructor Erin Moss designs her classes to cater to specific clientele. In doing so, she has helped musicians and fiber artists—such as knitters and clothing designers—ease tension and enhance their work with poses that can alleviate pains caused by poor posture and repetitive movements. In her beginners’ and stress-relief sessions, Erin emphasizes the meditative side of yoga and helps students assume slow, gentle postures.
At The Fighting Fit, certified instructors sharpen both kids’ and adults’ muscles and minds through lessons in krav maga and CrossFit sessions. Hebrew for "close or contact combat," the krav maga was created by Imi Lichtenfeld for the Israeli army, who needed a hand-to-hand fighting system that could be learned by anyone regardless of age, gender, or athletic ability. Unlike traditional martial arts, krav maga involves no forms, but rather teaches students basic self-defense skills. The multipurpose gym also leads CrossFit Bad Boys sessions that jump-start metabolisms and build dynamic, functional strength and balanced fitness. At least one instructor guides students and all times during classes, and the team offers personal training for individuals who fear being alone in a room with kettlebells.