A few years ago, Marcus and Eva Kettles fell in love at first sight. Not with each other—they were already married—but with an SPX workout they experienced at a friend's studio. Marcus, a Pilates master student, and Eva, a Megaformer trainer, were drawn to how SPX was rooted in Pilates but also introduced new elements. In addition to the toning and flexibility you get from Pilates exercises, SPX's 40-minute circuit-style workouts incorporate strength and cardio training.
Though SPX is at the core of Fit Buddha's philosophy, it's not all the studio offers. Options include indoor cycling classes with Schwinn AC performance bikes and a wellness center with an infrared sauna. The detoxifying sauna can help the body recuperate from workouts with heat designed to ease pain and muscle tension, cleanse the skin and organs, and erase memories of the guy who may or may not have smoked you in class today.
At Pure Beauty, staff members work to help clients shave off inches and reduce the visibility of cellulite with body wraps and VelaShape treatments. During infrared-heat wraps, essential oils work with the wrap as well as the spa's tightening booster in an effort to lose inches of fat from targeted areas. Alternatively, VelaShape treatments work by combining infrared and bipolar radio frequencies and are designed to reduce cellulite and slim down areas, such as the buttocks, hips, and stomach.
A lifetime of study has given Stephanie Badasci and Becky Witt the knowledge to help bodies find wellness. Drawing on expertise in human anatomy, psychological health, and spiritual development, Stephanie and Becky use infrared technology to trigger meditative states or to help the body renew itself. Unlike an apartment shared with Def Leppard, their systems use sound and light to relax, and detoxifying baths burble in the background.
Alternative medicine meets modern technology at Integrative Medicine Center of Santa Barbara, where a team of medical doctors and holistic healers tackle the root causes of pain and seek out preventative treatments. The center’s doctor duo—medical specialist, Dr. Scott Saunders and naturopathic expert, Dr. Kristi Wrightson—investigate patient’s individual concerns and forego solutions such as anti-depressants, pain-killers, or spoonfuls of Nutella for discovering and correcting the underlying problem. Waving a natural medicine flag, the center’s herbalist, acupuncturist, and nutritionist treat clients with a slew of health services—including dietary counseling, metabolic testing, and Reiki therapy—to lead bodies to health from the inside out.
The team at Synergy Lifestyle Center, helmed by a board-certified doctor, follows a medical philosophy that true wellness requires a balance of both physical and emotional health. The professionals provide treat addictions through a combination of scientific methods and alternative practices designed to maintain that balance. The same applies to weight loss, a process they facilitate with low-level laser i-Lipo treatments, nutritional supplements, appetite suppressant medication, and Lipo-B injections, which accelerate the body's metabolism to efficiently break down fats and outlast competitors in metabolism derbies.