The family that owns Bella Mia Spa has been pampering clients for 22 years, so they know a thing or two about helping people to relax. Within the cozy, Tuscan-themed space, staffers perform treatments that soothe both body and mind, using fragrant ingredients such as a lavender foot soak or seasonally scented facial products. They enhance physical and mental wellbeing with hot-stone massages or reflexology sessions, and promote detoxification with warm, herbal body wraps.
A small, green topiary, a cherub-like statue, and a water fountain set a tranquil tone as they greet guests near the entrance. Stone accents along the walls create an ambiance reminiscent of old-world Italy or the Alpine quarry where yodeling was invented.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Trail rides are led by friendly instructors who are happy to share their passion for horses with freshly saddled rookies and seasoned riders alike. Lessons are always conducted in small groups of two to six people, ensuring personalized attention. Cover all the horse bases over the course of 60 minutes as you learn safety techniques and how to ride Western style.
In a cozy, sun-drenched treatment room lined with ruffled curtains, experienced aesthetician Lanay Morrison purifies pores and brightens appearances with Esthetics on Main's slate of dessert-themed facials. After a look at skin condition, tone, and texture, a thorough cleansing and balmy steam treatment entreat pores to open, letting go of impurities and grudges against last Halloween's zombie makeup. During all facials, exfoliation and extractions work to brighten skin, and a soothing mask and upper-body massage melt surplus stress. Aging faces draw antioxidant and hydrating benefits from a lemon zest enzyme facial (up to an $85 value) that wields the tart talents of lemon in a one-hour procedure designed to brighten skin and protect against the elements. The chocolate soufflé facial (an $85 value) firms and lifts, and the 75-minute cherry-sorbet enzyme facial (a $95 value) oxygenates skin and evens tone with the power of cherries, making a compelling cosmetic case for food fights.
When Kristen Horler had her first child in 2001, it seemed as if she would never trim down to her pre-baby body. Try as she might, she couldn't find a workout that did the job, unless it involved hiring an expensive personal trainer, purchasing a gym membership, or convincing Atlas to abandon his post for a few hours. So she decided to create her own mom-friendly workout that would not only help other new moms tone their bodies, but also offer them a strong support system.
Horler drew upon the knowledge she gained working as a former personal trainer and group-fitness instructor and competing as a triathlete to create Strollfit classes. During these 60-minute boot-camp classes, moms exercise alongside their stroller-bound children, performing strength-building exercises, cardio drills, and stretching maneuvers. Strollga fitness classes take moms through yoga poses, often using the stroller as a prop, and four-week Nutrition Solutions programs teach clients how to make small lifestyle adjustments to shed excess pounds.
Earthquake Arabians founder Tamara Collins took her first horseback-riding lesson at age 10. Immediately, the instructor recognized her natural ability for horseback riding, inspiring Tamara's mother to surprise her with a horse of her own just a week later. At that moment, when the gray arabian mare named Misty popped her head over the stall and stretched out her hoof for a handshake, Tamara knew she'd found her calling.
Since then, Tamara has devoted her life to the arabian-horse industry as a competitor, trainer, and mentor to young riders. Together with equestrian Megan Jenkins, she leads Earthquake Arabians' staff of certified instructors at a facility that boasts 25 stalls, a turnout arena, and a fully covered arena for year-round riding, training, and lessons. Lush gardens fill the grounds, letting visitors steep themselves in the idyllic surroundings, and festive decor covers the barn to commemorate holidays such as Halloween and—for the horses—Any Day We Get to Eat Grass.