Lesley Reilly knew something was amiss. After immersing herself in sports to fight the stress of her corporate career, she found herself on the operating table. Two knee surgeries later, she discovered yoga's power to bolster her muscles without rattling her joints. Today, she shares this story at her own studio, bCalm Power Yoga, where students build strength with hatha-inspired poses. Here, certified instructors draw upon the teachings of Baron Baptiste, which emphasize athleticism rather than mysticism. During Power Vinyasa, the studio's signature class, deep breaths weave arm stands and backbends into routines as lively as a puppy-filled bounce castle. Pose modifications help beginners ease into the workout, and hot temperatures promote litheness, relaxation, and toxin release.
A lot of big things start in a garage; Boston Paintball, however, needed a warehouse. The team of paintball enthusiasts came together in 1992, and they spent 10 years in a downtown warehouse, introducing thousands of people to the sport and spilling more paint than an artist working on a tilt-a-whirl. But even that space eventually proved too small, and the company has since expanded to three locations in the greater Boston area.
Fully stocked pro shops and indoor fields greet players at the Chelsea and Ashland outposts. Maynard, on the other hand, takes the game outdoors. At every location, the staff keeps competition safe and fair, pairing up players based on ability from beginners all the way up to tournament level.
Inside Playground's family-oriented play palaces are the creative invention of a mother and veteran pre-school teacher with expertise in combining fun activities and learning. Kids aged 6 and younger remove their shoes and gleefully enhance motor skills in a supervised carnival of colored ball pits, inflatable structures, and safe child-size gym equipment. In addition to the main play area, the indoor, year-round facility also supplements the scampering with an array of sit-down games and puzzles designed to nourish developing neurons. Party rooms host birthday shindigs with plenty of parent-friendly seating and free WiFi. Inside Playground has a schedule of weekly events, such as visits from Barney the dinosaur, Elmo, and magicians who pull rabbits out of children's ears.
Specializing in hardwood, carpet, and tile floors since 1958, Abbey Carpet & Floor carries such practical and fashionable brands as American Showcase and Alexander Smith. In the online showroom, clients can begin selecting area rugs, carpeting, or solid-surface flooring to suit their room’s unique ambiance and number of lava pits. Confident in their products and their installation skills, the nationally certified company offers a lifetime warranty on broadloom carpets from Infinity Nylon Carpet Fiber, Alexander Smith, American Showcase, Softique, Legendary Beauty, and Premier Stainmaster.
At Beleza Pura Spa, aestheticians bustle about, beautifying clients with a range of professional services. As one technician adorns a face with custom-blended airbrush makeup, another adds rich color to the skin with a natural Bronze Biologic tanning solution. To keep clients feeling and looking younger, skin specialists administer facials, anti-cellulite body wraps, and advanced metabolism-boosting Sudatonic treatments. The spa also hosts teen parties that allow guests to pick from a range of facial treatments.
Salon Charisma pampers skin, nails, and follicles with an assortment of services offered by an expert staff, all within a comfortable environment infused with woody accents and subdued hues. Those looking for hand and foot attention can avail themselves of the mani-pedi, which includes a 30-minute natural manicure in which nails are shaped, cuticles are maintained, and arms are massaged up to the elbows before a coat of OPI paint is applied to nails in faithful reproductions of modernist monochrome paintings. Jealous toes get the same attention in the 45-minute pedicure, including a massage up to the knees.