Even before YMCAs were known worldwide as the easiest organization to spell with your arms, they were known for their original mission of fostering a sense of community through youth development, healthy living, and social-responsibility programs for people of all ages and income levels. The Michiana Family YMCA promotes wellness programs with a full-service gymnasium filled with an arsenal of modern Cybex strength machines, cardio machines, and free weights. Athletes can also stretch muscles within on-site racquetball courts, swim laps inside a 25-yard, six-lane indoor pool, and film re-creations of the 1996 Olympics on the 1/16th-mile outdoor track. The Y organizes youth programs such as summer camps and leadership opportunities and keeps younger tots occupied with childcare services.
The four primary-care physicians and family nurse practitioner at Family Doctors of Vicksburg carry on a tradition of compassionate health care that has been thriving for more than 100 years. In 2006, the office expanded its offerings to include the services of registered nurse Darla. Since September of that year, Darla has been administering treatments that include Intense Pulsed Light and laser skin treatments five days a week.
Clients can await their chemical peel, Botox injections, or laser hair-removal sessions in the skincare center's "serenity room." There, guests lounge on the amply cushioned sofa, listening to the sounds of nature and testing out medical-grade moisturizing cream on the leaves of several nearby plants.
Palmer College of Chiropractic–educated Doctor of Chiropractic Samuel Hammel believes that chiropractic care is about much more than easing pain. Specifically, he states on his website that “it is about learning, understanding and taking care of your body to improve your quality of life.” In addition to working on total wellness with a variety of diversified and low-force techniques on the spine, he adjusts knees, ankles, shoulders, elbows, and hands.
In nature, stones are usually treaded on by the masses as they lie forgotten on the ground. But inside The Wellness Center, stones take center stage during massage sessions. They are heated with care and gently slid along body canvases, lulling tense muscles into relaxation. The massage therapists also incorporate essential oils and salt scrubs into their kneading sessions and slather mud masks over faces for added relaxation.
Criticism and competition are hazardous waste, according to Kara Schmidt. She’s seen them ravage many lives as they strip away confidence and the capacity to celebrate uniqueness. That’s why she founded Spacious Heart Yoga. Along with a team of caring teachers, she leads Anusara-inspired Hatha yoga classes that emphasize self-growth and community building through sequences of ancient poses and easy-to-follow alignment cues. Here, students journey toward a place within themselves where knowledge flows and peace abounds. Instructors facilitate this trip by adjusting pose alignment and providing modifications that make the ancient exercises safe and fruitful for all levels of strength, mobility, and flexibility. Stress and negativity melt away as students practice deep-breathing exercises that focus the mind and awaken the spirit. The studio’s Explore series welcomes yogis of all levels with basic poses and a strong focus on the mind-body connection, and the Expand series introduces intermediate and advanced students to poses as playful as a puppy’s first game of Red Rover.
Under new owners and management, the championship-style course at Indian Run Golf Club challenges golfers and soothes senses with lush, manicured greens, tree-lined fairways, and watery accents. Throughout the 18 varied holes, four sets of tees boast a yardage ranging from 5,028 to 6,808, helping both novices and expert ball flingers hone their skills. Guests happily putt amid emerald vistas without the liability that comes with a makeshift cul-de-sac driving range while intermittently exploring the grounds on one of Indian Run’s carts. A pro shop and eatery on the premises give visitors the opportunity to refuel hardworking muscles and hungry pitching wedges.
From a young age, Rosibel Kersjes, CMT, absorbed not only the multicultural influences of her native Venezuela, but also the teachings of her Chinese grandfather, an expert in traditional Chinese medicine. After years of witnessing the power of natural healing, she decided to pursue massage and bodywork to enhance others' mental and physical well-being. Beyond state-level and national certifications in massage therapy, Kersjes has trained and been certified in specialty techniques including bamboo fusion massage and cupping therapeutic massage. She is also versed in Ruthie Piper Hardee's Ashiatsu oriental bar therapy, in which she walks barefoot on the back, making deep, sweeping strokes that push out bodily toxins and muscle knots.