The YMCA at Virginia Tech’s mission is to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to its surrounding community. Adults can leap into continuing-education classes ranging from pottery to Turkish grilling, with complimentary childcare eliminating excuses to stay at home. Ballroom dancing, Shakespearean studies, and tai chi also shake up adult routines. On weekends, guides lead groups out into the wild during scenic hides that vary in difficulty; although YMCA-goers can get a dose of nature any day of the week by visiting the onsite community gardens, which enable people to grow their own plants or just stop and eat the roses.
Cox’s Golf Driving Range’s grounds slope and skate through beautiful landscaping arrangements of bushes and trees that ensconce practice greens and snuggle up against the tricks and traps of the 18-hole Putt-a-Round miniature golf course. Contenders who prefer bats to clubs unleash thunderclaps in the range’s 10 automated batting cages with pitching machines that can alternate between baseballs and softballs. An onsite pro shop outfits practitioners with all the gear they may need for a day of the sporting life, including clubs, balls, and disposable plaid pants.
Carved into the rolling landscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Auburn Hills Golf Club's 18-hole course features 6,534 yards of elevated tee boxes and breathtaking views of the Southwest Virginia countryside. Throughout the course, players encounter tantalizing high-risk-and-high-reward shots straight from the architectural mind of Algie Pulley, such as the par-4 13th hole, which dares big hitters to drive for a half-visible green hiding 306 yards in the distance. More straightforward challenges await at the 190-yard, par-3 17th, where duffers must calm gun-shy golf carts before sending tee shots somersaulting over two large ponds that stand sentry in front of the green. The pristine par-72 opens its arboreal arms to golfers of all ages and experience levels with four tee options.
PGA instructor Werner Riemer uses Auburn Hills' sunlit green as a classroom, where the master dispenses his golf wisdom to students. Werner’s teaching techniques have bolstered the talents of LPGA Hall of Famer Sandra Handy, and also earned him special PGA certification in golf instruction, a feat obtained by only 1% of PGA members and 3% of computer simulators.
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The trained staff of Tan 'N Tone acquaints clients with indoor bronzing in one of the salon's beds, booths, or through UV-free spray tanning. Each member of the salon team gains accreditation after passing a written examination and successfully calculating the date of the next solar flare, then cheerily relays that knowledge to visitors. New clients can also take a tour of the salon, where experts discuss safe tanning practices while introducing their guests to Tan 'N Tone's equipment.
Clients may achieve an even UV tan across the body or a specific area using the salon's full complement of tanning beds and booths. The powerful Matrix bed grants deep, dark tans in short sessions, and standup tanners can savor the wide, open-air design of the X2 Maxx High Pressure booth. The Legacy focuses on darkening legs, and Pacifica leaves faces golden. For UV-free tans, the Pura Sunless spray-tan booth releases gentle misting to let visitors emerge bearing a sun-kissed appearance.
Omkarra Yoga, now has two locations! One is in the dance studio on Downey St. in Radford and one at 436 Peppers Ferry Rd. in Chrisitansburg near the mall. Each location is a peaceful space to explore and infuse your yoga practice. Our style of teaching calms the mind and energizes the spirit.
At Dowell Chiropractic, Dr. Steven Dowell kneads out soft-tissue injuries of all sizes and types using Active Release Techniques (ART), ultrasound, and electric currents. At the beginning of each visit, Dr. Dowell scours bodies for any soft-tissue problems through motion examinations and orthopedic testing. After uncovering maladies, the treatment begins with electrical muscle stimulation and a softly sung lullaby to send soothing currents into problem areas. A 30-minute session of ART massage follows, drawing on more than 500 specific movements, myofascial-release techniques, and gentle pressure to isolate and relieve each patient's individual soft-tissue troubles. On particularly problematic areas, Dr. Dowell draws on the sonic power of an ultrasound to break up scar tissue, improving mobility, range of motion, and the ability to pole-vault through third-story windows.