Though the temperature reaches 105 degrees in this yoga studio, you won't find staff prepping to blast the air conditioner. That's because Mantra Hot Yoga specializes in Bikram yoga where the high heat is essential. The studio's built-in fresh-air intake system and commercial-grade humidifier help keep things from getting too muggy, though. Experienced yoga instructors lead students through sessions that include 26 postures and two breathing exercises, offering students several classes that vary in length and temperature.
Classes range from 60-90 minutes in length and include unheated, warm (80 degrees) and hot varieties (100-105 degrees). Students can practice their yoga flow in either warm or hot Vinyasa classes, participate in a condensed Bikram sequence during Hatha Hot, focus on deep stretching during warm Yin classes, or forego the heat altogether as they burn fat and build muscle through interval training during Sculpt.
Along with the climate control, the studio also features slip-resistant, antimicrobial flooring to help prevent students from slipping or ensuring that if they do slip, they'll be really impressed with how clean the floor is. Mantra Hot Yoga also offers massage therapy and skincare services.
H3 Therapy's specialized hyperbaric treatment may be based on a complex scientific principle, but its main ingredient is simple: oxygen. First, the inflating chamber is infused with filtered air that pressurizes the immediate atmosphere. As the pressure increases, oxygen gently pushes its way into the client's bloodstream. According to the system's technicians, this oxygen boost helps the body heal and may even ease symptoms associated with autism, multiple sclerosis, and sports injuries. The chamber can be depressurized and opened from within, and it features a buzzer that occupants can push for help at any time. With these two exceptions, hyperbaric therapy is completely hands-free, so clients can spend the session winding down with a book or trying to connect with their spirit animal.
Jewels of the Harbor Healing Massage Studios' owner and licensed therapist Drake Marshall earned certification in manual ligament therapy. This is a fairly new massage modality that employs a lighter touch to increase range of motion and bring the space between joints back into balance without using a level. Drake's also well-versed in more traditional modalities, such as deep-tissue and swedish. According to Drake, massage can benefit people in all stages of life, even infancy, when it helps promote better sleep and boosts the immune system. He performs each session in a quiet treatment room decorated in warm colors of cinnamon, chocolate, and gold.
Signature Service: Therapeutic/Deep-Tissue Massage
Brands Used: Organic oils and lotions locally crafted by herbalists
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: One person
Parking: Free street parking
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Pro Tip: Hydration is key 24 hours before and after your massage!
Happy to suggest exercises for after-care!
At The Sugar Shack, aestheticians neatly trim nails, wax limbs, pamper faces, and massage backs to help clients unwind from the stresses of daily life. To soothe skin that is inflamed, red, and itchy because of harsh weather or afternoon naps on a beehive, the beauty specialists slather it in a gentle cleanser and calming mask in the Environmental Control facial. Aromatherapy massages rely on essential oils to soothe aching muscles, and gooey paraffin hydrates hands and feet during mani-pedis. The spa exclusively uses Dermalogica elixirs—a product line free of common irritants and ingredients that can cause breakouts.
Eva, which uses and sells environmentally friendly Aveda products, caters to hair and skin with an array of rejuvenating services. All hair services, which include a number of coloring options and a women's cut and style ($43), come with an aromatherapy scalp massage to relax the senses and drain collected cranial-stress juices. With many waxing options available, clients can touch up fingers and toes ($10) or prepare for the beach or a scantily clad spelling bee with a Brazilian ($75). The tourmaline radiance facial, a 90-minute holistic microdermabrasion session, utilizes the tourmaline mineral to smooth out fine lines and beautify complexions ($80). Eva's palette of spring colors, as well as a prismatic mosaic of earthy and bright tones, enhances the atmosphere with warmth and style.