Age is Just a Number

Four Local Health & Wellness Businesses Turn Back the Clock.

We all know that when you turn 30, you begin to age backward, right? If only it worked that way. As we age, gravity tends to gift us with fine lines, wrinkles, and declining health. But what if there was a way to prevent aging in both your appearance and your body? Would you do it?
Four Lake Minnetonka businesses focused on health and wellness work to restore individuals’ health through different practices. Whether it’s using a holistic approach such as yoga, visiting a doctor who specializes in sports medicine, trying the ever-popular Botox, or going under the knife, introducing these services into your life can help you look younger, feel better, and believe that age really is just a number.

Whether you’re a yoga virgin and need a new workout regimen, or consider yourself a "yogi", GYPSET Midwest Yoga offers a fun, inclusive way to be healthy all the while combatting aging. Laurel Van Matre and Melissa Schoeller have been masters of yoga for over 25 years, and in September 2021, they opened GYPSET as a way to share their secret to staying fit and feeling their best.
Laurel and Melissa offer classes for students of all levels, including vinyasa, alignment-based yoga, cycle, barre, HIIT, and sculpt. They also offer retreats throughout the year.  These retreats take students to places all around the world like Mexico and Southern France. Every retreat has daily scheduled classes as well as hiking, happy hour, swimming, and socializing with friends on the retreat. All of the activities are intended to help you relax, unwind, and combat stress while staying physically fit. “We’ve been told many times that after trips, people are able to take something home with them. They feel much more relaxed, refreshed, and like themselves knowing that they don’t need to constantly be on a schedule,” says Melissa. 
It’s clear why Laurel and Melissa’s retreats can help you feel young again, but what is it about yoga that turns back the clock? Yoga has the ability to relax muscles as well as clenched jaws and furrowed brows, helping ease away wrinkles naturally. Further, it helps in enhancing and maintaining the glow of skin by reducing oxidative stress that reduces skin's elasticity, resulting in more firm and tight skin.
Whether you opt for a yoga class or sign up for a yoga retreat, Melissa and Laurel explain that yoga is key to boosting energy, toning muscles, and reducing stress levels, helping keep your body and mind young.

Dr. John Odom Jr. founded Odom Health & Wellness in 2006 with hopes to create a holistic approach to helping individuals find the root cause of their issues and help build a better version of themselves. 
Many times, as people age, they "tend to have a weaker skeletal system and have a difficult time staying fit". With that in mind, Dr. Odom believes that there are four key things to focus on in order to improve your ability to stay fit: good nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, and mental health. Dr. Odom and his team take these four elements and design customized programs for their patients.  With a focus on personal training and nutritional guidance, he'll help you not only feel stronger and more energized, but also look refreshed. 
For someone who’s wanting to give their skin a boost, Odom Health & Wellness also offers IV therapy which focuses on adding nutrients and vitamins directly back into the bloodstream. This is a great solution to anyone who needs extra hydration and wants their skin to glow.
With a wide variety of services ranging from sports and regenerative medicine to physical therapy and wellness plans, Dr. Odom offers something for everyone.  His team helps diagnose, treat, and design a personalized plan for their patients to live a healthier lifestyle as well as combat the issues that come with aging. “There’s not a short-term fix, but we offer a long-term solution to your health and wellness,” says Dr. Odom. 

When it comes to reversing the effects of aging, an option that will offer more dramatic results is cosmetic surgery. For anyone wanting to erase stubborn fat, lift sagging skin, and take years off of your appearance, Bashioum Cosmetic Surgery Center has you covered. The center offers numerous cosmetic surgeries from breast reductions and lifts to liposuction and fat grafting. Dr. Ralph W. Bashioum opened the surgery center nearly 25 years ago in 1997, but has practiced cosmetic surgery for over 30 years and is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Bashioum shares, "Individuals often visit my office because they feel embarrassed or are bothered with something on their bodies." He believes that age really is just a number, which is why his clients go to him. “Many people who come in here tell me they don’t feel their age... they tell me they feel a lot younger than their age."
Understanding his clients and wanting to help them look as young as they feel, Dr. Bashioum has a long list of procedures he regularly performs, all intended to de-age his patients and help them regain their confidence.
If you want to battle gravity or reverse sagging skin, breast augmentations, face lifts, and neck lifts are all safe and effective ways to do just that. More subtle but still impactful procedures include eyelid lifts and earlobe repair for sagging earlobes. These procedures can take five to ten years off of your face.
If your concern is stubborn fat, Dr. Bashioum also uses a new fat grafting transfer technique which results in facial rejuvenation with natural anti-aging results. He does this without incisions or the use of artificial fillers. He is also well known for Mommy Makeovers, which are custom procedures designed to restore a woman’s figure after having children.
Dr. Bashioum specializes in all aspects of elective cosmetic surgeries, and is here to help you look the way you feel.

If you’re looking for a minimally invasive approach to creating a more youthful appearance, Vively Body Science offers everything from fillers and facials to drips and boosters. Founded in 2020 by husband and wife doctors Laurel and Josh Martini, Vively Body Science is a full-service health spa located in Wayzata.
For years, Josh and Laurel have witnessed first-hand what poor health does to individuals’ bodies. After working over 20 years in clinical settings, the couple decided to open their own business and focus on healing skin, among other services, with the goal of helping people look like themselves but better.
To create the right treatment plan for their patients, the couple and their team take time to understand the patient’s specific needs and lifestyle. They learn what they do in their day-to-day lives, what makes them feel less confident, and then choose a service they know is best for the paitent. 
One of their most popular services is Botox. With a handful of small injections across the forehead and around the eyes, wrinkles will disappear within two weeks. It’s also a preventive treatment, combatting any potential new signs of aging.
Vively also uses lasers, chemical peels, and light therapy to reduce dark spots, fine lines, scars, and wrinkles.
IV drips and boosters are on the menu too. The Vively Youth Revive IV treatment uses a special blend of anti-aging and detoxification ingredients to help you feel as energetic and healthy as ever. The boosters offer a different set of benefits. The Vitamin B12 booster can improve mood, cognitive function, and energy, as well as combating fatigue. In addition, it can be used to treat certain anemias. 
Whether you're looking to re-energize with drips, eliminate wrinkles with Botox, or plump up your skin with fillers, Dr. Laurel and Dr. Josh want to help you feel confident.

It's okay to want to look and feel your best, and there are people out there eager to support you on your journey to doing just that. Give yourself permission this New Year to treat yourself and turn back the clock.

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