Capsules do all the work at Aquarius Tanning Salon & High Tech Spa, where high-tech equipment takes the place of spa technicians. Clients step into tanning beds outfitted with Wolff lamps to turn their skin a bronzer hue, or lay down inside of the slim capsule to boost their metabolism and burn calories. Aquarius's other booths hydrate the skin, soften fine lines and wrinkles, and mist UV-free spray tans.
For years, people have likened stress to illness, and a recent study by Carnegie Mellon University suggests that chronically stressed individuals have trouble fighting off disease. In this case, science is just saying what Tangela B. Gaynor of Blue Diamond Spa Studio has known all along: stress is more than a pain in the neck.
A licensed cosmetologist and massage therapist, Tangela helps clients escape from everyday anxiety with one of seven massage techniques: aromatherapy, chair, Swedish, reflexology, hot stone, therapeutic, and prenatal. Once aches and pains have subsided, clients can take advantage of other services, such as body waxing or synthetic eyelash extensions in styles such as natural, dazzling, or constantly undulating.
Kimm Watson, the licensed massage therapist of Massage & Bodywork, customizes each and every treatment to the needs of her clients. She mixes body-wrap solutions and sugar or salt scrubs by hand just moments before the treatment using dried herbs, Dead Sea salts, and five kinds of clay. Sugar or salt scrubs also include the client’s choice of more than 30 essential oils. Kimm personalizes her full-body massages with a combination of Swedish, deep-tissue, craniosacral, and acupressure techniques to relieve muscle tension and stiffness caused by recurring dreams that you’re a pretzel. She’s been licensed since 2006 and holds certifications from both the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork and the American Massage Therapy Association.
Equipment: Life Fitness, Precor, Star Track, TRX, kettlebells, Battle ropes, boxing
Students should bring: Water bottle, towel, boxing gloves, MMA gloves, wraps
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Be ready to move, and have fun.
Every team member at Yama Training and Fitness is certified, either as a personal trainer, as a yoga instructor, or both. Not only does this speak to the team’s collective knowledge, but it also allows the studio to offer a wide range of fitness opportunities. Throughout the week, visitors can savor gentle stretches during Vinyasa yoga sessions, or escape the office and the gloating of a recently promoted Xerox machine during lunchtime active yoga sessions. For a little exercise, you can also power through one of Yama’s fitness classes, including high-energy boot camps.
Barbara and Clint, Hang Zen’s massage therapist and aesthetician, respectively, work to create an environment of pure pampering at their spa. From welcome refreshments to the aromatherapy fragrances in the air, they set a scene that soothes the senses and creates an escape from the stresses of the outside world. Barbara specializes in deep-tissue massage and myofascial release, therapies that focus on rooting out entrenched tension, whereas Clint makes his clients' skin glow brighter than a lightning bug’s brief self-esteem with facials and scrubs.