No men, no makeup, no mirrors. It’s a pretty stringent philosophy, but it’s one that’s helped members of the Curves community since 1992. Part fitness center, part support group, Curves is a women’s only club that takes a streamlined approach to health, fitness, and weight loss. Full-body, 30-minute workouts combine strength training, cardiovascular exercises, and stretching into calorie-torching sessions, enhanced further by the Curves Complete Program. The program, available at an extra fee, supplements efforts at the gym with personalized meal plans and weekly one-on-one meetings with a certified Curves coach. Outside the facility, members and non-members alike can purchase a variety of Curves products, from workout apparel and accessories to the protein powders and vitamins used to build strength or distract people from all of the caterpillars in your medicine cabinet.
Physicians Weight Loss Centers’ doctors and counselors help clients slim down with a quartet of medically minded diet plans that drive away excess pounds while maintaining proper nutrition and lean muscle mass. Their programs range from aggressive, ultra-low-calorie plans to more flexible, high-energy plans that employ a slow and steady approach. One-on-one encouragement from these professionals helps bolster willpower, and premade shakes make meal preparation easier than stealing baby carrots from a baby bunny.
Like building a home, losing weight involves the interlocking of several pieces. The weight-loss architects at Physicians Weight Control build healthy physiques upon four pillars. Diet plans personalized to the client’s lifestyle control intake of nutrients and fat, fueling the clinic's aerobic-exercise plans. The last two pillars—appetite suppressants and vitamin supplements—combine to keep energy levels up and re-create the rush of swallowing a candy bar whole once the client starts eating smaller meals.
The licensed massage therapists at Intuitive Touch Spa, present clients with an array of massage modalities. Between the two therapists, they render massages in Swedish, deep-tissue, prenatal, sports, lomilomi, neuromuscular, sports, reiki, shiatsu, and reflexology modalities as well as offer couples and hot-stone options. The spa dedicates itself to helping clients feel and look their best, it also keeps aestheticians on staff to administer facials, waxing services, and makeup applications using 100% natural products.
A peaceful oasis in your busy day, Qitopia offers massages, facials and reflexology in beautifully appointed private rooms. Trained practitioners use this quiet space to soothe faces, backs, and feet with authentic Chinese modalities such as shiatsu and tuina. They free the body's energy, known as qi, from blockages by performing acupressure with hot stones and plugging in any bodily power cords. Tension lifts from clients' statures as the experts gently stretch limbs and release tight joints, using aromatherapy oils and lotions to aid relaxation and detoxification. Chinese massages also unleash a host of benefits from enhanced immunity and energy to reduced hypertension.
While relaxing music, hot towels, and aromatherapy make her massages serene experiences, Tracey Johnson views massage as a legitimate form of medical healing. She specializes in modalities designed to ease the symptoms of such conditions as fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, and the side effects of cancer treatment. Muscle aches submit to the therapeutic pressure of deep tissue massages and expectant mothers can shorten maternity stays with pre-natal massage.
Susie grew up around the beauty industry in New York. Building on what she learned growing up, she eventually became a hairstylist and makeup artist and earned the opportunity to work with the Lehigh Valley Outlawz and Echo Live Magazine_ as a stylist on photo shoots. Susie and her staff specialize in hair-color services—they use Redken products—and professional makeup applications. The staff includes a massage therapist, who relieves tension with Swedish massage, reflexology, and craniosacral therapy. An aesthetician is also on hand for facials, using organic Hylunia products that are formulated without the use of harmful ingredients such as mineral oils, preservatives, and paraben.