The tree-lined fairways that constitute Woodstock Golf Course were once sheep pastures, but you'd have to go back more than a century to find any grazing ewes there. Built in 1896, the course is one of the state's oldest nine-hole facilities. Since its inception, the owners have worked to keep the course inclusive and accessible, as reflected in its relative simplicity and inclusion of only one moderate hill. But like procuring blueprints of your bank, navigating the 2,397-yard course still requires care: golfers must maneuver through narrow fairways and small greens precisely if they want to make par.
Pure Fitness (formerly known as Powerhouse Fitness and still owned by Scott and Nikki Holland) has a full roster of certified personal trainers and seasoned group-fitness instructors who guide exercisers to physical peaks, building strong muscles and healthy lifestyles. The workout room helps guests to slim down their silhouettes with new exercise equipment, including calorie-torching cardio machines and dumbbells perfect for toning biceps or hurling at cardboard cutouts of Charles Atlas. There's also a recently added athletic-training center.
Group classes range from Les Mills dance aerobics to CrossFit functional training, which strengthens sinews with Olympic lifting drills and gymnastics-inspired bodyweight exercises. A juice bar replenishes vitamins and minerals, and saunas banish stress with warm, dry air. To help parents squeeze exercise into busy schedules, the gym offers childcare services seven days a week.
Invisalign straightens crooked chompers with a combination of highly advanced 3-D computer graphics and the spells of old-fashioned orthodontia. The Invisalign process eschews cumbersome braces for clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible to the unclothed eye. An initial 30-minute exam, including x-rays, photos, and impressions of your mouth terrain, paves the way for a flurry of calibrated teeth sheaths that are designed to slowly shift walnut crackers into perfect alignment. The total cost of an Invisalign treatment varies for each customer ($4,000–$7,000); this Groupon gets you $1,000 toward that final cost. View some Invisalign FAQs here.
Whether she’s soothing muscles with the gliding strokes of a Swedish massage, laying warm stones on the skin, or applying pressure to trigger points, Christella Gonsorcik adapts her kneading to meet the needs of each stressed or aching client she sees. In addition to her hands-on massages, Christella balances energy with reiki, a relaxing polarity treatment that rejuvenates clients while they are still dressed in their clothes or astronaut suits. Her skill with rejuvenation also extends into the body’s more superficial layers. Herbal body wraps are available to oust toxins and tone skin, and facials, like a manatee’s birthday cake, incorporate sugar, salt, and seaweed mud.
Sometimes, proper skincare requires something even more specialized than the skills of a professional aesthetician. That's when Dr. Steven Franks and Kathryn Swanson?a board-certified dermatologist and a board-certified dermatology and family nurse practitioner, respectively?can step in to lend their expertise. At Central Mass Dermatology, the team uses a combination of pharmaceutical-grade products and cutting-edge medical technology in nonsurgical treatments that give clients' skin a natural radiance. Cosmetic laser systems can accomplish a variety of useful tasks, such as ridding the body of unwanted stubble and minimizing the appearance of unsightly spider veins or pigmented lesions. Injectable dermal fillers smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, and the center's advanced facial treatments dramatically improve skin tone and texture by exfoliating, moisturizing, and rejuvenating countenances.
One highlight of CrossFit's workout of the day is that almost anyone can do it. If that sounds hard to believe, look no further than CrossFit Southborough, where Fabiana O?Brien and her team of coaches schedule these functional workouts for kids, teens, adults, and seniors. The workouts generally comprise body-weight exercises like pull-ups, iron-pumping moves like dead lifts, and plyometric exercises like box jumps. For youngsters who are younger than the 5-year age limit, the gym also offers childcare services at select times.