Born and raised in the nearby village of South Holland, Dr. Joseph Paun continues to give back to his community at Paun Family Chiropractic and Wellness, where he and his wife, Dr. Sarah Paun, team up to treat their patients’ ailments with low-risk, holistic remedies. Though they share the same title and surname, Drs. Joe and Sarah each specialize in distinct chiropractic and wellness therapies. Dr. Sarah’s passion for children manifests in her pediatric and pregnancy care, and Dr. Joe’s past involvement in the world of mixed martial arts has led to his interest in nutrition and hypnosis—a technique he once used to make chicken-dancing fools of his opponents.
Though their interests and knowledge span the breadth of chiropractic care, the husband and wife focus their efforts on evidence-based therapies. At the heart of their practice is an emphasis on getting to know patients through in-depth consultations. These consultations often lead the doctors to explore various options such as acupuncture, nutritional guidance, and massage with in-house therapists Stephanie Olenik, Theresa Krohn, and Valerie Bellamy.
Even though she earned her massage therapy license in 1999, Alison Wajvoda hasn't slowed down when it comes to education. From a stint as a massage therapy instructor at Chicago's Banner to extra training in nutrition and health management at Purdue University-Calumet, she now combines her bodywork expertise with an understanding of what makes the body tick. She blends this know-how with training in reiki and chakra work, balancing inner energies as well as organic systems. Now the owner of Light Body Wellness, LLC, she sets patients on the path to better living with treatments and services ranging from massage and reiki to nutrition and weight loss counseling.
With a background as a personal trainer, Doctor of Chiropractic John Procopio believes in rooting out the causes of health anomalies rather than just obscuring the symptoms. Throughout his 22 years in practice, Dr. Procopio has perpetually sought out additional certifications, including specialties in acupuncture, lifestyle counseling, and manipulation under anesthesia. The center bolsters Dr. Procopio's preventive approach with an in-house gym, nutritional counselors, and confidence-building tic-tac-toe tournaments, and a team of aestheticians augments inner beauty with facials, waxing, and body sculpting.
The only full-service women-only gym in Highland, Womens Core Fitness Center is a supportive, laid-back environment that welcomes all women to come and work up a sweat. There are multiple cardio and strength-training machines, and clients can work out individually or in small-group fitness classes. Certified instructors lead more than 25 classes per week, ranging from Zumba to INSANITY and Turbo Kick. Personal training and childcare are available as well.
Through expertise as teachers and mentors gained through extensive experience and professional competition, Extreme Martial Arts Academy's instructors guide students of all ages and abilities through avenues of self-discipline, physical fitness, and self-defense in martial-arts programs and classes. Under the tutelage of master Al Verduzco and sensei Steve Reyna, groups of approximately 8–16 students will delve into the benefits of ancient art forms while learning how to keep disgruntled heavy bags from unionizing. Kids will also learn how defend themselves on the ground and standing up as they pick up valuable self-confidence as well as anti-drug and anti-abduction tips.
Between the cheery, orange walls and cozy, carpeted floors of Your Yoga and More, a team of expert instructors leads challenging yet scalable yoga classes for groups of 32–40 people. Suitable for students of all fitness levels, their classes flow through various poses, with gentle yoga or chair yoga offering a slower pace and Vinyasa-flow and Hatha classes strengthening muscles with rigorous poses. For a cardio workout, the instructors teach high-energy Zumba classes that do away with fat via Latin-inspired cardio dance moves.
Three dedicated instructors curate the syllabus at Your Yoga and More. Allison Haugh, an import from Scotland, has practiced yoga since 1995, when many people who currently practice yoga were practicing Jonathan Taylor Thomas worship. Andy Keene first experienced yoga aboard a Hawaiian cruise ship, and he animates his training to help students achieve a unified body-and-breath rhythm. Instructor Pat Partin has 12 years of experience, and she recently became certified to teach a heart-focused version of yoga to patients with cancer and heart disease.
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