Holistic health is all about treating the body as a single entity. At Zen Wellness, beauty, wellness, and every other element of our happiness are inseparable. Health professionals there offer everything from massage therapy to facials, waxing, body wraps, and Reiki treatments, or energy healing. Clients come for a whole host of reasons—some come for eyelash extensions, some for detoxifying ionic foot baths, and others just to let tight muscles in the back and neck relax after a long day of turning around suddenly every time a secret agent enters the room.
The only full-service women-only gym in Highland, Womens Core Fitness Center is a supportive, laid-back environment that welcomes all women to come and work up a sweat. There are multiple cardio and strength-training machines, and clients can work out individually or in small-group fitness classes. Certified instructors lead more than 25 classes per week, ranging from Zumba to INSANITY and Turbo Kick. Personal training and childcare are available as well.
Whether clients intend to step into the ring or not, the teachers at Active Edge Lifestyle & Fitness Center have the tools to get them ready to fight. The gym contains a regulation boxing ring and martial arts mats to simulate competitive contests. Elsewhere students can simply pound away on heavy bags or punching dummies, letting off stress while shedding fat. Apart from martial arts training classes, the instructors also host noncombative fitness classes, such as Zumba.
The certified instructors at Heatwave Dance Fitness Club channel the rapture of the dance floor into effective workouts that tone the body and liberate the mind. The newly constructed facility offers more than 200 group classes each month, spread across all seven days of the week. By filling the studio with the Latin rhythms of Zumba or the pop and hip-hop beats of Dance Heat, classes take dancers' attentions away from the toils of exercise, turning heart-pumping aerobic routines into raucous dance parties, just like every time James Brown ran the Boston Marathon.
The smiles on the instructors' faces are infectious. These happy, energetic teachers lead students of all fitness levels through engaging fitness classes that combine a variety of dance styles to create fun workout routines. Their dance fitness classes draw on choreography from line dancing, belly dancing, salsa, West African dance, and other styles, adding a soundtrack of house music and other tunes to maintain a high level of energy and mask the sound of giant robots stomping past the studio. The instructors also lead more relaxing yoga and tai chi classes that condition bodies in a more serene atmosphere.
It's hard to believe that Dawn Pierson was not always in top shape. Still in maternity clothes at her daughter's first birthday party, she decided it was time to change her fitness routine. She hired a personal trainer to show her the correct way to work out, and over time, she watched her body transform. Six months after her first session, she quit her job to become a certified trainer, with the goal of helping others like herself to live healthier and happier lives.
At Piersonfitness, she fills her roster of classes with Zumba, boot-camp, and personal-training sessions. She offers free 30-minute personal-training sessions for first-timers to demonstrate the impact that personal training can have in their exercise routine. In addition to training, she also leads high-energy dance-based Zumba classes set to Latin, hip-hop, and country tunes, describing the fun, full-body-toning classes as "exercise in disguise."