Beginning with two brothers, a neighborhood full of spectators, and a helium-neon laser, Mad Science today deploys entertaining educators around the world to inject hands-on science programs with an element of fun. Nearly five million children annually enjoy accessible lessons, which may take the form of a weeklong summer day program or a birthday party that explains the physics of the Earth's revolution around the guest of honor. Schools host afterschool programs every year, which may include a NASA-approved astronomy series, a Rube Goldbergian introduction to simple machines, or an exploration into the science of toys. Living up to their promise of melding education and entertainment, Mad Science's experts have teamed up with scientists of screens large and small to produce live stage shows such as Star Trek Live, CSI: Live, and Movie Magic.
Licensed massage therapist Heather Dexheimer of Simply Serenity Massage draws on more than a decade of experience as she tunes up tired physiques with the long, fluid strokes of Swedish massage and the targeted pressure of deep-tissue massage. Heather has worked with many athletes, including the Orlando Magic Wheels wheelchair-basketball team, and aims to rehabilitate old injuries and enhance flexibility and athletic performance while kneading muscles. During sessions with Heather, clients can request hot stones for deeper relaxation or for building temporary lean-tos, or pamper appendages with the soothing wax of paraffin treatments.
SIGNING Basics' instructors help their students learn to speak without uttering a word. Through private lessons and group classes, they teach American Sign Language to students of all ages and backgrounds. Introductory lessons lead students through the basics of the sign-language alphabet and movements. Advanced classes show students how to carry conversations, enabling them to communicate effectively or correct baseball coaches' faulty ?charge the mound? gestures. Instructors also offer workshops that impart basic techniques for businesses and groups.
Belmont Laundry's garment gurus refresh fabrics and gently banish rogue stains with earth-friendly products. Skilled fabric attendants free shirts (up to $2.55/shirt), pants ($7.95), and sweaters ($7.95) of built-up dust pockets and abandoned condiments. As a courtesy, clothing tenders replace buttons lost through Oxford skirmishes and hang or fold shirts depending on their natural bedroom habitats. Free delivery service returns homesick clothes to the office or home twice a week.
Crafted by personal trainer and Diet.com writer Pete Samberg, the Lean and Mean in 15 program helps the busiest workout wannabes achieve narcissism-inducing results with compressed 15-minute workouts. Samberg's Metashock system—a combination of high-intensity circuit and strength exercises—is performed at a brisk pace to combine the aerobic workout of biking with the strength training of ham-tossing. Aspiring Adonises receive five new 15-minute online workout videos each week, and all workouts require little more than an exercise ball and dumbbells. Samberg also provides a nutrition plan that tells you what and how much to eat in order to lose weight and body fat. The introductory personal training session at One on One Fit Studio included in the second option will give you personal attention to help you get started on your fitness goals.