Bay Area Yoga Center's team of dedicated yoga instructors lead a robust schedule boasting 39 weekly classes for all ages, taught in the Ashtanga and Vinyasa traditions. Designed for students with little or no yoga experience, Bay Area's Basics class acquaints fledgling flexers with sun-salutation postures and deep-breathing techniques that provide the foundation for more challenging Vinyasa flows. Once downward dogs master sit, down, and sun salutation, advanced classes encourage mat mavens to explore challenging extensions of the primary postures to increase strength, balance, and physical and mental endurance while maintaining focus on proper alignment. The Yin-yoga practice concentrates on opening up the body's hard-to-reach connective tissues with longer-held poses to increase range of motion and help get to those hard-to-reach itches in the middle of the back.
Curves houses a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with women's bodies to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and cope with arthritis. Instead of guests fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches each exerciser's abilities during their 30-minute workouts. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, machines use push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Carla Hedtke, BS, MS, TPT, CAAPM, of New Rehabilitation Services believes in the healing power of stimulating acupressure points without needles. Hedtke applies pressure to these hot spots with her fingers and elbows to work to provide relief to painful areas.
Licensed massage therapist Lily MacFaydian dreamt up the name for Of the Sea Therapeutics one day in the midst of a cupping session. Cupping, which uses vacuum cups to suction the skin in an effort to release muscle stiffness, tends to leave temporary marks that are circular and red. To Lily's imagination, they looked like the work of an octopus. After deciding on the name, she opened up shop.
Since her relaxing revelation, things have changed for Lily. She's traded her cupping therapy for full-on massage and has since relocated the business into Santa Fe Salon. Here, Lily comforts muscles and restores vitality with a range of treatments. Gliding Swedish massages boost circulation and chase away stress, and deep-tissue sessions knead the tautness out of pulled muscles. Lily makes sessions extra relaxing by applying hot towels, customized aromatherapy, and hot-water pillows and by not leaving out a ventriloquist’s dummy with eyes that seem to follow you around the room.
At Ellipse Fitness, the only pieces of machinery that you operate are the levers, pulleys, and ball-and-socket mechanisms of your own skeleton. The gyms abstain from treadmills and bikes in favor of a full class schedule and a cooperative group atmosphere. With 35 or more lessons scheduled per week, certified instructors guide students of all experience levels through an ever-changing line-up of strength and cardio drills. These routines incorporate tools such as resistance bands, TRX suspension cords, kettle bells, battling ropes, and kickboxing equipment, though the primary instrument is always the human physique.
In addition to their standard classes, the staff also hosts boot-camp sessions and seminars on mastering your metabolism. Their weight-loss programs encompass weekly check-ins, during which clients receive nutritional resources and gauge their progress by taking measurements instead of stockpiling all the food they didn't eat in a jar. Regardless of its ultimate goal, each Ellipse Fitness regimen involves personal attention and a holistic, full-body approach to wellness.
Helmed by triathlete and certified fitness instructor Doug Van Iten, the staff at Pro Fitness, Inc. works with students of all ages in one-on-one sessions aimed at building muscle and boosting clients’ self-image. Each trainer brings a wealth of experience and certifications to the table, as well as an infectious passion for fitness that helps pupils shatter personal goals and overcome a lifelong fear of benches. After learning proper form and advanced techniques from a trained professional or just burning calories on the gym's treadmills, resistance equipment, and free weights, members can cool down with a relaxing shower.
Western Racquet & Fitness Club originally opened in 1974 as a premier sport and fitness facility and has since maintained its image by constantly updating equipment and adhering to core values that promote lifelong health. Erect a pyramid of health benefits sans complicated pulley systems and unethical building practices with tennis lessons, a high-energy workout that stimulates weight loss and mental stability. With 80 years of experience between them, Western’s tennis pros can help ailing backhands and uninspired serves with individualized instruction. Whether you’re a grass-court beginner or a tennis-fueled automaton with rackets for arms, Western will match you with a befitting instructor. The staff is so supportive to all customers that an old hot-wives tale declares that the building itself is built solely out of their sheer strength, encouraging compliments, and extensive knowledge of construction.