Dr. Paul Given and Dr. Sheldon Cook of King's Town Chiropractic employ spine-tuning savvy to help calibrate off-kilter physiques with chiropractic and acupuncture treatments. Sessions kick off with a consultation that allows patients to point out aches and pains, followed by a thermal scan to detect misaligned spines and spot frayed nervous systems. Like a radiographic paparazzo, an x-ray stealthily captures images of eye-eluding bones to help the chiropractors identify wayward discs intent on imitating Pangaea's drift. Once bodyscapes have been thoroughly scrutinized, a report detailing the exam's findings is whipped up along with a plan for treatment designed to help alleviate individual ailments including headaches and sciatica. Chiropractic adjustments then unsnarl tangled spines, gently coaxing errant vertebrae back into place to help restore suppleness to over-taxed dorsal planes. Alternatively, acupuncture treatments utilize strategically placed needles to deflate tension and imbue bodies with a sense of balance and tranquility. Patients emerge from sessions feeling as relaxed and agile as a cheetah raking a zen garden.
Sacred Journeys Healing Arts Centre's Cheryl Hiebert, M.Div. believes all humans have the potential to lead empowered and healthy lives by looking inward. In addition to doling out wellness tips on television, the lifelong holistic coach is certified as a practitioner of a variety of energy-based modalities, including Usui and Karuna reiki, Emotional Freedom Technique, and angel therapy. Her clients report to Sacred Journeys for both workshops and one-on-one sessions, seeking the clarity and guidance she has gained working with such spiritual heavyweights as Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, and Jiminy Cricket.
In addition to supporting the lowered stress and well-being of clients, the Centre directs energy toward charitable causes such as Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre, Girls Inc.—an organization dedicated to the empowerment of young women—and Sheba's Haven Rescue, which rescues palliative-care dogs and teaches them to bark meditative mantras.
At Pro Dojos, certified martial-arts experts lead students of all ages and skill levels through a variety of pugilistic disciplines. Each location is independently owned, so the martial-arts styles may vary, but many offer karate, tae kwon do, kick-boxing, aikido, and jujitsu classes. The instructors elucidate the noble combat arts to kiddos as young as 4 years old, helping them build strength and motor skills while instilling the values of self-confidence. Teen classes focus on honing discipline and treating yourself and others with respect, and adult classes reinforce cardiovascular conditioning, strength, balance, and coordination. The instructors also lead classes for the whole family, allowing them to bond as a unit, which could possibly lead to starring in a hit sitcom about a crime-fighting family who takes down comical villains in their idyllic suburban neighborhood.
Equipment: Life Fitness, Hammer Strength and Free Weight
Students should bring: Water bottle and towel
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Warm, friendly atmosphere. Come prepared to work hard and enjoy yourself
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
"Road blocks" and "speed bumps" are all addressed during the initial intake. Clients are told what to expect and how to overcome the hazards. We promote all aspects of a healthy lifestyle, cardio, resistance training, nutrition, sleep, and provide all the tools necessary.
What's the most radical physical transformation you've seen a client make?
Besides cases of significant weight loss, some of our sport-specific clients, who came to us after being told that they wont be able to participate in the sport th[ey] love, resume playing better than before.
When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
Incorporating fitness into my sport-related activities all my life has kept me from potential physical harm. I've endured and walk away from falls that have hospitalized opponents. I have a passion for fitness because it enables me to do the things I enjoy.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We're passionate about what we do. Our clients' safety and physical health is put above all. We make ourselves available to our clients not just for their one-on-one but when they're out and have a question about food options.
For more than 30 years, certified personal trainer Oksana Dejneha has conquered grueling physical challenges. She's tested her mettle in Canadian rowing championships, competitive cycling, and triathlons, which she hopped into without undertaking any special training. Her lifelong dedication to athleticism?and a recently blossomed love of obstacle courses?led her to helm Fit City Workouts to help others reach their peak physical condition.
Her Urban Warrior boot-camp programs transform manmade and natural landscapes into varied fitness equipment, whipping patrons into shape without the confines of a gym or endless repetitions on sterile machines. Instead, exercisers engage in strength, resistance, and cardio training while scaling flights of stairs, hurdling fallen logs, and competing in foot races with heckling squirrels. She also holds one-on-one personal-training sessions, tailoring workouts to suit each client's fitness level and goals.
Since launching as a small optometric practice on Ottawa’s Laurier Street more than 20 years ago, Laurier Optical has grown from that single office into a network of more than 45 locations across Ontario and Quebec. It’s created a new distribution operation to lower costs and increase the diversity of its stock. And it’s helped countless patients feel good about how they see the world.
Today each of Laurier Optical’s locations stocks a selection of frames from an array of recognized designers, along with a variety of contact lenses. Their collection of sunglasses is almost as diverse, helping patients to protect their pupils from ultraviolet rays or simply win a staring contest with their car’s headlights. Each location also maintains an eye-exam clinic to make sure prescriptions stay up to date and offers complimentary eyewear adjustments to help frames maintain an ideal fit throughout the year.