Following a six-day-per-week class schedule offering one to two classes each day, the OM place's pliable instructors steep clients of all physical abilities in the practice of various yoga styles. Up to 24 students per class ease into asanas with Yoga Basics classes that teach fundamental postures, as well as Slow Flow sessions focused on connecting breathing with movement. Further up the metronome, Yoga Flow classes vigorously guide yogis through swift Vinyasa movements in a 76- to 80-degree room, and on the third Wednesday of each month, the class morphs into Yoga Pulse to sync the dynamic flow with live drumbeats. Slow Stretch class members use props and specialized breathing to help soothe weary bodies and relax minds feverish from prolonged Rubik's cube ordeals.
Andover Golf and Country Club’s Clyde Johnston–designed bent-grass fairways and bluegrass roughs blend seamlessly with the surrounding landscape, swathing duffers in natural splendor as they swing. The 18-hole championship course caters to golfers of all skill levels with five sets of tees that range from 5,075 to 6,952 yards and several adjustable mini windmills, and water features threaten to engulf dimpled orbs on 11 holes. Additionally, a practice area whips players into shape with a putting green and a driving range. Though not included in this deal, Andover provides a full-service pro shop that purveys brand-name equipment and pairs of plaid-resistant sunglasses.
At Choice MD, a staff of medical professionals crafts customized plans to produce speedy weight-loss results. They use lab tests to help determine the best pound-shedding tactics for each individual and schedule accountability meetings to keep patients on track to reaching their goals while learning about the benefits of healthy eating and exercise. Furthermore, patients keep to a caloric intake of 1,200 for women and 1,500 for men. The combination of the plan’s parts can result in a loss of 3 to 5 lbs. each week. Choice MD’s medspa also offers treatments such as Botox.
Working as a paramedic for 10 years, Beth Thompson witnessed the damage of unhealthy eating habits up close and personal. Her subsequent studies led her to create Target Metabolism, a health and wellness company that preaches weight loss through accurate analysis of the body and caloric accountability. Here, registered dietitians work with clients to create personal portraits of their metabolic needs, and massage therapists offer treatments to help the body relax during the weight-loss process.
The doctors of chiropractic at Chiro One Wellness Centers put patients at the core of their efforts. Though the centers are spread the country, with locations in Illinois, Kentucky and Texas, the company's mission remains to help patients and their surrounding communities reach their maximum potential through a combination of customized chiropractic treatment plans and education. This approach doesn't just assuage painful symptoms—it's also designed to uncover the root causes of ailments such as whiplash, insomnia, headaches, carpal-tunnel syndrome, and more.
In their efforts to improve communication in the central nervous system by addressing nerve interference, chiropractors provide spinal adjustments and supplemental treatments such as cervical traction, therapeutic exercise and balance-strengthening wobble boards. Their practice extends far beyond the wellness centers, however: community-outreach efforts take them to health fairs, offsite spinal screenings, and complimentary workshops on a range of wellness topics. They also devote themselves to nonprofit work with several organizations, including The Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Greater Chicago Food Depository. At the Chiros Care Free Wellness Center, they examine and treat Chicago's homeless and HIV-positive population, fueled by their belief that everyone should have access to expert preventive care.
Bliss Wellness Center's soothing environment welcomes students of all ages, body types, and experience levels to restore energy and strengthen muscles with yoga and Pilates classes and relaxing reiki treatments. Certified instructors pack dynamic classes into a schedule flexible enough even for those with the most inflexible of schedules, such as doctors and clowns. Students can bend bodies in Hatha and Beginner Ashtanga classes, or ease aches in the Restorative Yoga class, in which yogis hold Hatha poses for several minutes with the aid of blankets, bolsters, and patient tortoises to help reduce chronic stress and fatigue. The one-hour Pilates Fundamentals class joins mind, body, and breath in a mat-top trinity that explores the basic principles of the exercise and develops core abdominal strength, balance, and coordination.