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Fitness focus: No holds barred for Los Altos sisters

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Gillian Brotherson, kneeling at left, guides studio instructors through a workout at barre3 Los Altos.

Health is all about balance. That’s what two Los Altos natives learned as they navigated work, motherhood and wellness – and lost approximately 30 pounds each along the way.

Fed up with crash dieting and drained by consuming workouts, sisters Megan Wilson and Gillian Brotherson took their health into their own hands. The sisters, whose maiden name is Sawyer, partnered to open barre3 Los Altos fitness studio March 30 at 4758 W. El Camino Real.

Yoga aficionados pull up a chair

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Yoga of Los Altos instructor Cheryl Acheson, left, leads a Chair Yoga class.

Yoga of Los Altos recently introduced a new class that keeps students on the edge of their seats: Chair Yoga.

According to instructor Cheryl Acheson, the class is open to anyone who may need to spend extended hours in a seated position – travelers on long airplane flights, deskbound office workers, people recovering from injuries and seniors with limited mobility.

Helping hands: Book details treating problems with critical appendage

It’s easy to take our hands for granted, but when something goes wrong with them, we realize what amazing instruments they are.

One of the most productive and sophisticated structures of the human body is also one of the most essential for daily life. It’s hard to imagine getting through a day without the use of our hands. From opening doors to typing on computers, brushing teeth and driving cars, hands are how we make our way through the world.

Sleep your way to a happier, healthier and thinner you

Do you often feel grumpy and sluggish? If so, it may have something to do with how well you sleep. Research shows that quality of sleep has a huge impact on mood, energy level and body weight.

Acid test: What everyone should know about heartburn

The mainstream medical approach to treating heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease involves taking acid-blocking drugs that reduce the symptoms.

El Camino Cancer Center expands services and programs

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Hospital officials cutting the ribbon for the new center include, from left, hospital President and CEO Tomi Ryba, Cancer Center medical directors Dr. Shane Dormady and Dr. Shyamli Singhal, and Cancer Center Executive Director Dolores Esparza.

The thousands of cancer patients treated annually at El Camino Hospital will soon have expanded options with the upgraded Cancer Center, scheduled to open this month in a new location.

The $5.5 million expansion in Oak Pavilion on South Drive in Mountain View nearly doubles the size of the center’s current 6,000-square-foot suite in Melchor Pavilion, down the street.

Peninsula Wellness Centre breaks ice with cryotherapy treatment

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Chris Watson, D.C., right, of Peninsula Wellness Centre observes as patient Frank Kohlweiss undergoes a whole body cryotherapy treatment for psoriatic arthritis.

Chiropractor Chris Watson welcomed a new addition to his Peninsula Wellness Centre in Mountain View in November – a Juka cryotherapy machine designed to help people with myriad health problems from arthritis to sports injuries.

After trying the Juka unit himself, Watson began allowing patients into the cylindrical chamber and now has approximately 50 patients using the treatment, which employs extreme cold temperatures to help reduce inflammation and pain. The process, known as whole body cryotherapy, uses nitrogen gas in a round chamber to cool the body for two and a half to three minutes, dropping temperatures inside from -150 to -300 F.

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