Tito Gaona's Flying Trapeze Academy defies gravity and provides both beginning sky soarers and naturally airborne gymnasts with expert instruction in flexible flight. Take to the trapeze bar in semi-private class sessions of five to eight students, gliding with newly met friends or toting along your long-lost alter ego or barbershop quintet. Learn the basic swing, dangling deftly from arms and swaying from knees, and then follow up with introductory tricks such as executing taut frontward and backward kicks with limber limbs. For comfortable swingers, the class applies advanced skills such as the catch and return, which involves swinging toward your trapeze partner before flipping over the bar, swiftly grabbing your compatriot's people paws, vacillating back to your perch, and then gracefully fluttering into the springy net below. Sessions are an excellent workout as well as a great way to regain lost confidence in your acrobatic companion after that unfortunate hot-potato incident. Classes are held Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Fridays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
At Venice Health and Wellness—headed by Doctor of Chiropractic David Allen—the team treats aches and ailments with gentle spinal manipulation and massage. Whether the patient is suffering from whiplash due to an auto accident or a strained back after a limbo tournament, the practitioners here draw upon years of experience to recommend the proper rehab protocol. Additionally, this clinic offers body-contouring services using the i-Lipo laser system. This noninvasive device whittles away at fat deposits without the risks of surgery.
No two aesthetic aspirations are alike. That?s the view espoused by Dr. Tamara Densmore, the founder and medical director of Revitalization Medical Institute, and her skilled team, who take pride in personalizing and customizing treatments at the RMI Med Spa. Weight-loss programs are created by measuring both current and ideal weight with measurements such as height, weight, body fat percentage, lean muscle mass, and body mass index. After measurements are taken, clients will sit down with Dr. Densmore to review medical history and current lifestyle habits. Then, Dr. Densmore will set clients on a path to a healthier lifestyle and a lean body.
Skin services such as facials and microdermabrasion treat complexions, while Botox and other beautifying injectables eliminate wrinkles. Dr. Densmore is especially passionate about turning back the body?s clock, and?as an advanced fellow with the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine?expertly administers such age-defying treatments as IPL, and Fraxel treatments, and masks made of crayons.
At Say It With Stitches, customers can personalize their household goods and wares with monogramming services. In addition to doing the embroidering, the store can help clients find something to have embroidered with a stock of blank slates such as T-shirts, polos, and fleece. Its cache also includes non-clothing items such as Tervis tumblers, needlepoint accessories from By Paige, and monogrammed handbags from Queen Bea. Once the canvas is picked, the store’s online interface processes customers’ personal logos for stitching onto the items for simple custom jobs. The shop also specializes in Bernina sewing-machine sales and repair, and offers classes in which students can learn sewing basics such as stitching a garment, hemming pants, and piecing together a stuffed Frankenstein’s monster out of old teddy bears.
Licensed Zumba instructor Beth Golden—who also holds certifications from the AFAA, Red Cross, and PADI—leads easy-to-follow dance routines inspired by Latin salsa, merengue, and tango moves. A soundtrack of high-energy tunes and rolling r’s keep students motivated as she helps them shimmy off pounds with or without the help of muscle-toning sticks. She regularly changes up her dance routines to prevent boredom and keep feet guessing. In addition to group classes in the studio, Beth hosts private Zumba parties, taking her portable speakers and headset to beaches, parks, offices, or clients' homes to liven up special events.
The enthusiastic staff at Computer Advantage outfits visitors with helpful accessories and high-tech data machines. Like coal in the 1890s, an impressive lineup of Apple gear keeps sleek gadgets and laptops operating at maximum levels. The iRest ($49.95) keeps iPads perfectly propped up on laps or desks, and the OtterBox Defender series case ($49.95) guards iPhones from scratches, drops, and gangs of jealous desktop computers. A wide variety of useful apparatuses, such as a Brenthaven Prostyle MacBook Pro sleeve ($39.95) or a LaCie CooKey 16GB USB flash drive ($49.95), ensures doodads remain safe and easy to tote. In addition to equipping handheld devices with add-ons, Computer Advantage decks out home computers with vital supplements, such as the Volcano speaker by OrigAudio ($24.99 for one; $40 for two), finally allowing users to hear their electronic companion's Shakespearean dialect.