The Douglas J Aveda Institute is a beauty school in which students under the watchful eye of knowledgeable instructors pamper and soothe exteriors and extremities during salon services. Groupon holders can revitalize tired mugs with a 60-minute elemental nature facial, a customizable toning treatment complete with exfoliation, massage, and spirit-animal reading ($37), or have their features accented with defining brushstrokes and complementary shades during a makeup application or lesson ($22–$25). Elemental nature manicures ($24) and pedicures ($35) scrub and moisturize extremities before decorating talons with fresh paint jobs. Spa-goers can keep rogue follicles at bay with a brow or lip wax ($11), or keep faces as smooth and manicured as a topiary sculpture of the Fonz with a full facial wax ($33).
Elmo and Susan Morales used to run in order to stay in shape, but they scaled back their jogs when they discovered spinning. Performed on stationary bikes, the exercise method provides a cardiovascular workout and, like rolling out of the top bunk, triggers a rush of endorphins. At Bodies in Balance Fitness Studio, they and their team of certified instructors guide groups through spinning classes, motivating them with music and imagery. Heart-rate monitors help students to track their own progress.
As if inspired by the visitors stretching at the fitness center below, a glass spiral staircase extends to the high ceiling, where skylights illuminate the floor below. Heather DuPuis designed Vie Fitness & Spa as an oasis for healthy living, blending health-club amenities and fitness services with a light, airy atmosphere and soaring architecture.
Certified trainers keep clients engaged in an active lifestyle through programs tailored to each individual's goals and lifestyle. In barre classes, an amalgamation of Pilates, ballet, and strength exercises set to up-tempo music work to tighten abs and thighs, and spinning classes test students' endurance while reminding them of their first bicycle's eventual theft.
An onsite juice bar refuels bodies, which stay refreshed with the boutique shop's designer water bottles and hand-poured Illume candles. To unwind after a taxing workout, patrons can stop by the facility spa for a massage or facial or head to the locker rooms equipped with fluffy towels and Pure Fiji bath products with which to wash the towels.
As the official Wolverines hoops haven for more than 40 years, Crisler Arena holds more than 13,000 rollicking gold-and-blue brethren for each of the storied program's hard-fought home games. Behind playmaking sophomore guard Darius Morris and freshman phenom Tim Hardaway Jr., the Wolverines are ready to challenge conference opponents with a fury of fast breaks, dunks, dribbles, and dirty dishes. Michigan's Big Ten matchup against the Badgers from Madison also marks Fan Appreciation Night, during which ardent hoops hounds are rewarded for their unconditional basketball jones with special prizes and performances by the Michigan dance team. Cheer on Coach Beilein's crew of collegiate ballers as they polish glass backboards and refinish hardwood floors in a valiant attempt to intimidate their haplessly smaller, red-clad weasel prey.
When asked the purpose of Kenville Studios, the owner quotes a friend who once said, “I’ve never seen an angry dancer.” The studio’s staff helps students find happiness through self-expression, art, and freedom in classes such as ballet, ballroom, flamenco dance, tap, swing, and jazz. They also lead fitness-minded classes, such as Zumba and yoga, as well as kids’ classes and summer day camps.