Since its inception in 1992, Curves has been specifically designed with women in mind. Founders Gary and Diane Heavin set out to create a supportive, encouraging atmosphere in which women could get in shape without feeling self-conscious. Their unofficial motto, "no makeup, no men, no mirrors," is now repeated at nearly 10,000 locations in more than 85 countries, helping women of all ages and fitness levels reach their health goals. To cater to the all-female client base, their equipment and specialized workouts are built to enhance the feminine physique.
Their classic 30-minute workout is designed to work the entire body. As ladies move from station to station, they complete a circuit-style workout that intersperses weight training with cardio sessions designed to maintain heart rate. Most of the 13 machines are double positive, which means they work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement—simultaneously toning the abs and back, or the chest and vestigial tail. Each machine also supports the CurvesSmart system, which tracks each patron's individual progress. Before getting started, clients receive a card with their personal fitness information embedded within. When the card is inserted into a machine, a green light lets them know that they’re working at the correct intensity level. As muscles get stronger, the workouts get tougher, and at the end of each session, a progress report lists details on muscle strength and the number of calories burned.
Darla Johnson is a hair-removal expert. Since she began smoothing skin with laser technology in 1998, she has performed more than 6,000 treatments. And that number is only going up?the certified laser technician and award-winning entrepreneur continues to share her expertise at SLIC. Using Cynosure?s Elite Aesthetic Workstation, Darla targets and destroys follicles with gentle pulses of laser light, a process that greatly reduces future hair growth. The system has proven successful on all areas of the body, skin types, and kinds of hair, including the fake mustaches retired private eyes refuse to take off.
Though laser hair removal is the specialty at SLIC, it's not the only skincare service available from Darla's team. Her colleague Carolyn Mitchell specializes in cosmetic services, helping erase patients' fine lines and wrinkles with precise injections, exfoliating microdermabrasions, and complexion-reviving peels.
For the specialists at Enlighten Laser, lasers are not simply a beauty tool, but a powerful ally in the fight against some of the skin's most prevalent problems. At each of their locations, the staff calls on many forms of this noninvasive technology?from hair and spider-vein removal to cellulite reduction and skin tightening?to tone, sculpt, and brighten clients' bodies, bringing out their natural beauty.
The clinics also possess a knack for traditional skin care. Their on-site aestheticians know that every client's skin is unique, much like every snowflake's 12-digit identification number. They demonstrate this philosophy by customizing each treatment to suit the client's skin type, skin tone, and beauty goals. Before administering any of their facials, body-slimming laser services, or IPL acne clearance treatments, the staff consults with clients about their history and answers any questions.
The Béo Spa team strives to provide guests with the best in aesthetic, hair, and fitness services, helping clients feel healthy in their skin no matter what the approach. The aesthetic team enhances faces with skin-clearing facials or makeup applications, or else soothes shoulders with back massages. Stylists offer haircuts, coloring treatments, and swift waxing sessions. Rounding out the spa team, fitness instructors lead yoga classes that help guests improve their flexibility and balance.
At Enlighten Laser, Aimee Avery beautifies skin and slims bodies with an array of FDA-approved techniques including laser hair removal, photofacials, and fat-reduction treatments. Visits commence with a complimentary consultation. Amid the clinic's calming, grey surfaces, aestheticians discuss treatment options and match clients up with restorative cosmetics. Custom shades of Jane Iredale mineral makeup are designed to reduce redness and improve skin health using all-natural minerals scraped from the rosy cheeks of the Sphinx.
Certified Zumba fitness instructor Celine Gabrielle motivates students of all ages and abilities as they hasten heart rates with easy-to-follow dance moves backed by Latin beats. In each one-hour Zumba class, slow rhythms alternate with fast tempos to burn hundreds of calories and confuse gathering flash mobs, and resistance training helps exercisers sculpt muscles. Pupils groove to international music and tone up with interval training moves while the experienced instructor demonstrates steps and keeps workouts on track. Students should send a telegram to their feet encouraging them to wear cross-training or aerobic-style shoes that can accommodate the class's sliding, turning, and side-to-side movements.