Greek-born master aesthetician Marianna Ali draws upon 50 years of experience to lead her amiable staff in basting bodies with a slew of soothing medi-spa services. Reward respectful mugs with the Express LED Light Therapy facial ($75 value), which peppers pelts with beams of photons in specific wavelengths, designed to help alleviate acne and the effects of aging such as sun damage, pigmentation problems, and collagen depletion. Mottled countenances also glean the Skin Scan, a UV light that illuminates problem areas and crime scene Kool-Aid spills ($25 value).
As memory cards replaced film reels, many photographers—both professional and amateur—felt befuddled by the new technology. That's where Digital Photo Academy stepped in. Since 2007, the business has facilitated workshops that explore all aspects of digital imagery, from operating cameras and uploading digital files to editing images and airbrushing realistic mustaches. Seasoned professionals lead the courses, helping understudies hone their use of light, framing, and timing. Students furnish their own cameras, and can tote along any ancillary equipment such as tripods, laptops, and flashes that relate to the course at hand.
Harmony Music House's passionate melody makers instruct music fans of all ability levels, enumerating the finer points of drumming, singing, guitar playing, and more. Each 50-minute music lesson complements adult learners’ individual abilities to double-stroke a snare drum, shape proper embouchure, or tickle guitar's strings until it purrs a song. With 14 different music classes, students can learn to wail away on the harmonica, strum a ukulele, or pluck a banjo. Kids can also hone their chops during 30-minute lessons. For all subjects except piano, students must bring or rent their own instruments.
With its crisp blue-and-white color scheme, glossy wood floors, and menagerie of geometric equipment—including stability balls stacked on the walls—The Pilates Doctor Studio almost looks like a gallery for avant-garde artwork. Founders Jay Hart and Ethan Blumenhein aimed for this slick, urban atmosphere when they began their business, which they envisioned as a one-stop venue for Pilates and fitness enthusiasts. Professional instructors utilize mats, reformers, chairs, and towers to help students tighten their core muscles during private and group classes for all experience levels. Morning and lunchtime classes are available, and lessons are personalized to target specific goals, such as injury rehabilitation or gaining enough strength to carry the dead horse out of your third-floor apartment.
At Posh, socializing and learning amalgamate with beginner-oriented classes in which students carouse while creating take-home paintings. In the 2- to 2.5-hour classes, local artists lead participants through step-by-step instructions as they create the selected painting, which may be anything from a work inspired by Van Gogh's legendary Starry Night to a depiction of a bouquet or a nighttime cityscape. While pigment slingers design their takes on the selected painting, they're encouraged to socialize, seek help as needed, and if desired, they can purchase beer ($3/bottle), champagne ($5/glass), or a mimosa ($5/glass) for mid-painting tippling. One glass of house wine is included with this Groupon. Brushes, easels, aprons, paint, and canvases are provided for students, providing ample time to perfect drawn-on mustaches and jaunty beret tilts pre-class.
At over 100 locations throughout the country, CorePower Yoga (CPY) invites students to creative classes that meld movement, breath, heat, and music into entrancing routines to energize the body and mind. Signature CPY classes are taught by approachable certified yoga instructors who lead students through dynamic, Vinyasa-style flows with demonstration and verbal cues, helping pupils of all experience levels tone core muscles and cultivate balance. CPY also offers teacher training and lifestyle programs to empower students to become yoga instructors or to just advance their individual practice. During construction of all its new studios, CPY strives to use recycled content, install eco-friendly and efficient mechanical systems, and ensure that any waste created doesn't end up in landfills or just piled in Mr. Henderson's garage.