Spinning guru Amanda Kranyik has a Mad Dogg Spinning certification, and personal trainers Brittney Schaefer and Martha Snee both hold degrees in exercise science. These are just a few of the experts who encapsulate the extensive Capital Fitness trainer pool. Aiding them in their muscles-tuning mission is Capital's 23,000-square-foot facility, which is open 24 hours a day. It's complete with saunas, tanning, free weights, and more than 65 cardio machines.
As soon as Nick Panos had his first massage, he was hooked. The healthy high he experienced inspired a longing to share his experience with others, so he attended the Knox County Career Center School of Massage Therapy and obtained his license to knead. After graduation, he worked for a nationwide massage franchise, serving 1,000 clients and adding 1,200 hours of experience to his resumé. Though he is now an independent therapist, he strengthens his muscle-pain-mitigating chops with educational courses and maintains a membership with Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. Nick specializes in custom therapeutic massage. This approach blends Hawaiian, Swedish, and deep-tissue techniques with stretches to soothe muscles fatigued by exercise, constant bending, and wrestling with sharks. For clients with especially tense muscles, Nick can focus all his energy on stubborn knots and adhesions with deep-tissue massage and topical warming and cooling gels. During couples massages, he joins forces with fellow therapist Valerie Vancouver. His studio, located in the Capital Club, includes a spa area with locker rooms, a sauna and steam room, and towel service. When he isn't working on his home turf, he offers mobile massages by traveling to homes and hotels or by briefly rubbing the shoulders of every person he passes on the street.
Rinkov Eyecare sends their customers into the world with a clearer view by affixing customized lenses into their wide selection of designer frames. The eyewear emporium can fit Cole Haan ($175 with lenses included) or BCBG ($175 with lenses included) frames with prescription polycarbonate or plastic lenses, both materials superior to prescription bubble wrap. Clients can have their frames fitted with prescription sunglass lenses to keep their vision focused while facing the sun's rays. Rinkov Eyecare Center accepts clients on Saturdays and during evening hours at most of their locations to accommodate work, school, and storm-chasing schedules. Although this Groupon is not valid toward eye examinations, Rinkov's optometrists can also evaluate the vision of patients lacking a current prescription for an additional fee.
In an accommodating downtown location, the licensed Take Ten therapists stretch clients out on comfortable massage beds and cast a long list of lightning-charged spells to induce relaxation. Repose in daydreamy reveries during a therapeutic massage, which uses deep-tissue techniques to deactivate trigger points in muscles, increase blood flow, and remove toxins. Or, opt for a Swedish massage, which works the soft body tissues with long, flowing effleurages, tapotements, frictions, and vibrations to relieve pain, stiffness, and stress caused by scaling thousands of candied fish for yesterday’s office party.
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