In a cavernous 17,600-square-foot space, Group Dynamix’s staff directs team-building coworkers or gaggles of youngsters through activities designed to encourage bonding and lighthearted competition. Office staffers work through tasks—such as building model covered wagons and racing them—that unite them more than playing a game of Hot Potato with a newly installed printer. Teen camps might send kids whooshing down a zip line or ascending a rock-climbing wall, and groups duck inside a dark space lined with black lights, where they can play volleyball, dodge ball, and hockey accented by crackling luminous color. Above it all, a ropes course defies gravity in the rafters of the entertainment warehouse.
In one room, skincare specialists swath bodies in an all-natural seaweed gel, sprinkle on a potpourri of nourishing herbs, and let infrared heat draw out their toning and detoxifying qualities. In another, acupuncturists realign clients' chi and fine-tune their physical and emotional fields. And behind any door, massage therapists may be kneading tense muscles, chiropractors may be adjusting injured backs, or aestheticians may be resurfacing complexions to a radiant glow with oxygen facials.
A staff of professionals from many areas of expertise come together under the roof and stress-zapping force field of Balance the Clinic, where they work together to bolster physical and emotional health with natural remedies and clinically tested treatments. In addition to consulting with any of these staff members, guests also can retreat into the privacy of an infrared sauna. From a private changing room, individuals or couples step into a hypoallergenic, odor-free basswood chamber equipped with a sound system that sets the sauna gently vibrating in time with relaxing music.
Since 1994, pie masters at Pomodoro Gourmet Pizza & Pasta have slathered pasta in sauce made in-house and sprinkled house-made pizza dough with veggies, meats, and low-fat cheese to craft a menu of Italian classics. Hunter-green stools flank an island floating among the tiled flooring, providing patrons with front-row views of the pie-creation process, and a flat-screen television also captivates eyes with broadcasts of sports games and national breath-holding contests.