When Laurie Granger graduated from massage school in 2004, a surprise awaited her at home. Her husband, Steve, had converted their one-car garage into a three-room spa, which she soon christened Heaven's Door. Today when clients show up to the aptly named spa, Laurie whisks them away to a greeting room where they can warm their feet by a pellet stove as she asks about their massage preferences. A small business that focuses on excellent service, she tailors her strokes to these tastes and delights in hearing praise for her gentle touch. "I couldn't ask for a more rewarding profession than this," she confesses.
All of Laurie’s massages include 15 minutes in a private hot tub, which unwinds muscles with its soothing jets. From there, a door opens directly into the private massage room, where Laurie further eases tension with unscented lotions and a heated table.
Personal Best Health Club’s expansive fitness room—outfitted with weight machines, cardio equipment, and free weights—welcomes clients to take charge of their physical health. The club also has studio space with sleek, hardwood floors for classes including ballet, circuit training, Zumba, Kettlebells & Yoga, and muscle-sculpting Toning sessions. People looking for help reaching such fitness goals as dropping pounds, running a marathon, or somersaulting a 5K can enlist the aid of personal trainer as well.
Maine Optometry’s skilled optometrists determine prescriptions for contacts, such as Acuvue Oasys, and glasses, such as the eye boutique's more than 750 frames including brands such as Oakley, Kate Spade, and Banana Republic. These frames encircle everything from simple single-vision lenses to specialty lenses that cater to athletes or clients who stare at a computer monitor all day waiting for it to blink. Clients interested in throwing off the yoke of eyewear entirely can discuss refractive surgery with the doctors.
Maine Optometry also outfits clients in designer sunglasses and concerns itself with the environment, working with an e-prescribing system that eliminates paperwork, which trees hate to fill out.
Weight loss and well-being are the name of the game at New England Medical Fitness. This center offers personal fitness training, group exercise classes, and weight-loss programs based on the sound principles of whole foods. Colon hydrotherapy bolsters slimming and detoxification efforts and can improve bowel function when combined with healthy eating and physical activity,
Doctor of Chiropractic Jason Davis and his staff specialize in the use of natural health care to treat a wide range of ailments and manage pain. Headaches, backaches, and neck aches cower in fear before Dr. Davis’s various pain-relief services. These include electrical muscle stimulation, exercise rehab, massage, custom orthotics, and the Activator Method—a gentle adjustment technique that pinpoints pain via prone leg-length analysis. An avid obstacle-course runner and accomplished martial artist, Dr. Davis knows the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, and his 10 years of chiropractic experience have helped sharpen his ability to customize effective treatment plans for everyone, even people named Jessica.
The soon-to-be bride and groom led their respective families to their wedding rehearsal—or so they claimed. Shortly after the caravan of cars pulled up at the base of the high-ropes course, confusion turned to surprise when the couple strapped their two families into harnesses and paired each member off with a stranger on the other side. After a frantic run through the course’s initial obstacles, the guests emerged from their shells and began to help each other tackle the challenges. This type of camaraderie is what the all-ages staff at Monkey C Monkey Do seek to instill in all their guests, whether they're intrepid pairs or large groups on corporate outings or family reunions.
Danielle and Bill King with their parents began their high-ropes course and zipline park with a desire to bring together people of various ages and abilities for outdoor activity. The high-ropes course challenges visitors with more than 50 obstacles strewn across five levels, the highest suspended more than 50 feet above the ground and the lowest suspended above a pit of lava in the earth’s core. Ziplines send climbers soaring through canopies and toward a giant swing, where they conquer their fear of heights by freefalling from an elevated platform.