From the moment students walk through Barefoot Yoga Studio's french doors and into its expansive practice space, they find themselves immersed in serenity owed to soft lighting, gleaming hardwood floors, and the noncompetitive attitude fostered by owner Jenn Kasper. Along with her team of fellow certified yoga instructors, Jenn leads inclusive yoga classes suitable for all experience levels and grounded in the Vinyasa and hatha yoga traditions. Beginners are encouraged to build a solid foundation for practice in Level 1 root classes or further their practice at their own pace in open-level classes that offer variations on classic poses. Savvier stretchers attempt challenging backbends and arm balances in intermediate Level 2 classes.
In addition to yoga, Barefoot also offers instruction in American Tribal Style belly dance. Offered in six-week sessions, the classes lead dancers through the belly-swaying basics, including lessons on posture, group maneuvers, and where to find office-appropriate crop tops.
At Peaceful Spirit, owner and licensed massage therapist Mara Concordia and her staff help patients attain improved wellness through therapies that balance their physical and mental energies. To do so, they consult with each client and create tailored, integrative care plans that may draw upon treatments such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, and spa therapies. Through such customized care, Peaceful Spirit's practitioners have helped patients overcome everyday ailments as well as manage diseases such as Parkinson's and cancer.
They also focus on teaching clients how to heal themselves through classes in Qi Gong, an ancient Chinese healing philosophy that combines simple movements and attentive breathing in order to cleanse the body and cultivate life force—known as qi or chi. In addition to Peaceful Spirit's five locations, therapists can meet patients in their homes or tree houses.
In Aussie Tan Tanning Salon’s primary-color salon, clients bronze to even hues with SunStar UV-tanning beds and Norvell spray-tan solutions. The salon stocks its facility with a trio of standard beds, including a standup booth and a high-intensity bed, each of which helps patrons gradually build up a seamless bronze hue with UV light. Salon aestheticians administer Norvell spray tans, employing a hand-held airbrush to meticulously gild bodies until they achieve the color made famous by hot crossed buns.
To further enhance tans, the salon's shelves are stocked with a supply of Designer Skin and California Tan accelerating lotions, which help clients build and sustain deep golden hues while rehydrating skin with tropical-scented creams. Add contrast to your face's new bronze look with BleachBright LED teeth-whitening services, which brighten smiles in 20-minute intervals—enough time to sit down and really think about all the teeth-staining soda and black ink you've consumed.
In Red Monkey Studio, Monique Mynlieff has created a funky, "antigym" whose aqua-green and burnt-orange walls reflect its colorful curriculum. Through glass doors supported by log pillars, windows cast sunlight across TRX cords as students perform Zumba or Pilates routines. Farther down the curving hallways, guests stretch sinews and taut muscles with the help of Gyrotonic and Pilates equipment, or slough off stress in a lime green sanctum where licensed massage therapists blend modalities.
Instructors bustle throughout the vibrant setting to their private and group sessions, bringing with them specialties that range from belly dance to tai chi. The studio’s signature Quartet classes cap attendance at four visitors so that instructors can spend plenty of time with each student, helping them perfect form to forge stronger mind-body connections.
Pure Aesthetics Natural Skincare School is a school dedicated to aesthetic education with an emphasis on the use of nontoxic products. Founder and director Kaelen Johnson has worked in the health and med-spa industry since 1993. Formerly an educator for Essensa, an organic skincare line, Kaelen manifests her passion for discovering all-natural beauty products and for spreading awareness of holistic health practices through the operation of the educational center.
Here, students perform a full menu beauty services including facials, peels, body treatments, and waxing. Showcasing a contemporary, minimalist interior design with a color scheme of muted greys and browns, the eco-friendly facility features recycled-cork flooring, a bamboo reception desk, and hand-painted cotton muslin curtains.
Owner Marilynn Reis and her team of Aveda-trained stylists harness Aquage products and tone-perfecting Pravana ChromaSilk hair color to transform hairstyles. Clients nestle into leather chairs for consultations before enjoying cleansing and massage. Coloring services douse hair in solid or partial hues and can help customers beam like the sun rising over a field of slumbering chameleons. Off the salon floor, aestheticians and nail technicians dutifully perform spa services using top-notch products from GlyMed Plus and Bronze Biologic.