Board certified in family medicine, Dr. Faiz Shareef believes good health requires a multidisciplinary approach that addresses physical and emotional needs. To create an environment that caters to all aspects of holistic well-being, he assembled staff members who specialize in everything from aesthetics and massage to fitness and weight loss. The technicians refine skin tone and texture with laser treatments, and the fitness instructors bolster confidence while leading core-toning and limb-lengthening yoga, Pilates, and Zumba classes. Bodywork services, such as therapeutic massage and acupuncture, target the chronic aches and pains caused by daily stress or nightly caber-toss competitions, and the center’s weight-loss plans motivate patients to live healthier lifestyles.
Over the past two centuries, the historic town of Hobbard has stayed current without losing any of its small town charms. The Professional Edge salon is no exception. Through the classic hair studio's period storefront, wood accents and cabinetry offer an old-time feel, while skilled stylists maintain hair modernity with Redken brand products. Clients may also retreat to a private room for the Swedish strokes and deep-tissue pressure of licensed massage therapist Jennifer Ivezic.
At Yoga by Gretchen, students from all walks of life find inspiration to foster their personal growth, physical fitness, and mental clarity. Gretchen and her team of instructors lead up to 25 students in yoga classes based in the Hatha and Vinyasa traditions, accommodating a variety of needs and goals. Beginner classes introduce students to yoga basics, Booty Ab yoga provides a more traditional fitness-class routine to tone bodies, and vigorous Vinyasa flow classes strengthen and stretch muscles with a series of challenging postures connected by focused breaths. In addition to yoga, the instructors also lead Pilates, Zumba, and kickboxing/boxing classes, in which ladies learn self-defense techniques to protect themselves from punching-bag assailants. Kids are welcome in the studio as well, laying the foundation for a lifetime of wellness with kids Zumba, hip-hop, and teen yoga.
The trainers at ABSolute Fitness Chesterton want their students to build strength and endurance they can actually use. To do so, instructors lead students through TRX suspension-training classes that use body weight as resistance. Far removed from gym equipment that only works muscles one-dimensionally, TRX training forces you to stabilize primary and secondary muscles and balance in certain positions. This added effort engages tangential muscle groups that are often overlooked when hefting loads in one direction. As a result, bodies become fitter, leaner, and better able to apply strength to situations beyond weight machines. Fitness denizens can also opt for other fitness classes, including interval circuit training and indoor cycling.
Fingers reach to the ceiling as toes plant themselves into the bamboo flooring and instructors lead students of all ages and abilities through mind-soothing and body-invigorating Hatha- and Vinyasa-style poses set to tranquil music. East Wind Studios aims to lead patrons down a path toward mental and physical wellness through yoga classes and workshops. Their yoga classes immerse beginners in the mind-and-body-uniting art. Students gain a deeper understanding of the poses, which range from gentle and relaxing to vigorous and sweat-inducing, while achieving clarity and relaxation through focused breaths.
In addition to the body-bolstering classes and workshops, East Wind Studios hosts meditation and spirituality sessions. Staff members and special guest speakers lead talks on meditation, chakras, essential oils, and healing, which is designed to teach students to channel positive energy into their bodies or a time capsule for their great great great great great grandchildren's future use.