At the various Dahn Yoga studios throughout the country, it's quite common to see people bouncing up and down while hitting their abdomens with closed fists. Like the fighter who pumps himself up by pounding his chest before a big fight, the students perform this movement to help warm up their bodies and prepare them for a Dahn Yoga class. Practitioners believe the repeated fist taps concentrate energy in their abdomen and help them focus.
Next, they move on to more traditional yoga moves that help stretch and strengthen the body, as well as improve balance and boost circulation. Classes wrap up with a variety of energy work and meditation techniques, including brain-wave-vibration therapy and jigam—which helps practitioners quiet their minds and take a break from trying to figure out which really came first: the chicken or the egg?
This type of East Asian energy work drives Dahn Yoga, helping its participants create more balanced lives and enhance their overall feelings of well-being. Because it doesn't follow a strict set of yoga poses, but relies instead on mind-body exercises, Dahn Yoga is good for people of all ages, body types, and fitness levels.
Within one of the private treatment rooms at Serendipity Spa, a massage therapist kneads tense muscles and loosens stiff joints using a variety of bodywork techniques. Swedish massage sessions employ light to medium pressure to improve circulation, whereas more intense deep-tissue massages hone in on localized ailments or stables of charley horses. Add-on services such as aromatherapy and hot towel treatments enhance the experience with fragrance and warmth.
The massage therapists at Spa Heaven have a sensible solution for continually improving their techniques: they practice on each other. By drawing on that expert focus group, the staff has mastered the skills to soothe clients' bodies and minds with a unique blend of more than 15 modalities of Eastern and Western massage. But along with touch, the team also appeals to the other senses, filling rooms with the scents of aromatherapy oils and incense.
Spa Heaven's staff goes above and beyond treating aches with a slew of skin-rejuvenating body wraps. They concoct the compounds in their wraps from organic coffee in the organic green coffee body wrap, tropical fruit in the de-aging tropical fruit body wrap, and the finest mud pies in the aromatic dead sea mud wrap.
Walking into Spatastic Bodywraps feels a bit like coming home. More like a living room than a lobby, the waiting area is decorated with comfy loveseats and couches, textured wall hangings, and potted plants. Beyond a wooden folding screen and through a closed door is the treatment area, which is decorated in soothing neutral tones with a large padded treatment table dominating the space. Once visitors recline on the bed, aestheticians go to work, extending, tinting, and perming their eyelashes. But not all their work is focused upon the eyes. As their name would suggest, they also offer body wraps in addition to facials and massages.
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Art Montage Yoga is a welcoming yoga studio that was created to take its members to their natural limits by offering hands-on attention that's crucial to teaching correct postures. In this spacious, soothingly minimalist studio, many classes are heated to 105 degrees to help loosen up participants, deepen stretches, and detoxify bodies during sweat-producing sessions. The experienced instructors lead participants in classes such as hot Hatha flow, which combines sun salutations with meditation and breath work to heat up the body. Additionally, yoga basics offers beginners a slow-paced class that focuses on proper alignment in a cooler, 80-degree room.
After spending 16 years in the field of dentistry, Susanne Novotny felt it was time for a change. She decided to pursue a career in a different type of healing—therapeutic and wellness massage therapy. She is now a licensed massage therapist and the owner of Serendipity Massage & Laser, where she alleviates stress and tension with custom Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massages.
The caring professional also spends one day per week working with a pain-management doctor to facilitate patients' healing. Novotny mixes her own essential-oil blends and creates sea salt and sugar scrubs, crafting all-natural and organic formulas to enhance relaxing massage sessions or re-create scratch-and-sniff memories from childhood.