Since 1973, each of Sport&Health's 24 clubs has aimed for full fitness coverage with programs for every taste and family member. Guests can spark positive lifestyle changes with gym workouts and wellness services, or engage in a variety of sports. Each facility houses different athletic amenities for games and laps, from pristine swimming pools to squash and racquetball courts lathered in a fresh coat of peanut butter every morning. The camaraderie of group classes such as Zumba and Les Mills BodyPump barbell routines complement scores of gym equipment meant for exercising solo—or with the guidance of a certified personal trainer. The clubs also emphasize kid-friendly activities with arts and crafts, Kidz Klub childcare, and youth certification courses that teach teens the ins and outs of training. Depending on the location, spa treatments can knead tension from muscles and paint one's favorite kettlebell with a layer of Shellac.
The stylists at Yalda Beauty Salon and Spa prep their clients for any event or outing with hair services, day and night makeup application, waxing treatments, and nail services. From an outpost nestled inside the Ballston Common Mall, the pros beautify clients with the help of popular salon product lines including Paul Mitchell, Matrix, and TIGI.
Massages at Jetaun's Massage Therapy are custom tailored to meet the needs of any sore back or tense shoulder. The licensed practitioners run down a playbook full of deep-tissue, sports, and hot-stone massage techniques that they blend and manipulate to address their clients' specific injuries and areas of discomfort. Mental bothers, such as office deadlines and the name of the kid in E.T., can also be dulled to invisibility with relaxing Swedish massages and aromatherapy treatments. After clients depart their tabletop havens, they can purchase candles, oils, and massage music that will turn any bedroom or crowded elevator into an oasis of tranquility.
Master aesthetician Maria Conde rarely encounters a pair of legs that she can't make as smooth as silk, or a pair of eyebrows that she can't shape into elegant arches. The hair-removal expert specializes in swift waxing and sugaring treatments for women as well as for men. But that's not all she offers at Maria Body Image Studio. Conde also cleanses pores with exfoliating facials and promotes detoxification with mineral body wraps. Her eyelash extensions add length and volume for weeks on end, staying in place until they fall out naturally or are plucked for an emergency wish.
On the window-lined second floor of a quaint, historical brick building, certified massage therapist Deborah O'Baugh whisks away corporeal tension with her extensive repertoire of relaxing therapies. Her deft handiwork unties all manner of muscular knots, with one-hour onslaughts of soothing strokes aided by various complementary treatments—such as whiffs of aromatherapy and footbaths of moisturizing paraffin—amid the lulling ambiance of private candle-lit treatment rooms filled with soft music and marshmallow fluff.
People often mention "quality of life" when discussing health, but for Dr. Tom Masterson, the phrase applies to beauty, too. Along with nurse practitioner and Posh Med Spa owner Diane Burns, the doc pampers clients' faces and bodies with everything from gold-standard aesthetic lasers to pharmaceutical-grade supplements. Modern therapies such as injectables and peels tend to take center stage, but there's a solid place for time-tested techniques among the service menu. Foot reflexology, for instance, joins nearly a dozen other massage modalities, all of which strive to eliminate the stress caused by daily life and yearly fights to the death.