Read on to learn exactly how fitness classes leave you with more muscle or better tone.
Bulky upper-body muscles might have hindered early humans who had to chase their prey across the plains, but it could help those who often had to climb trees to adjust their satellite dishes. That?s why the body builds muscle according mostly to use: do enough curls, and the biceps expand. As anyone who has experienced post-workout soreness could intuit, those curls are actually a form of controlled damage, making thousands of miniscule tears to the muscle tissue that beckon autoimmune cells to show up alongside testosterone and other hormones. The white blood cells help switch on satellite cells, which are similar to stem cells. Before they're activated, satellite cells aren't doing much?instead, they lie dormant around muscle fibers until they're called into action to repair torn tissue.
This isn't the only kind of cellular transformation at work in growing muscles. Long muscle cells, which contain several nuclei, can also begin to change type after a workout. Certain kinds of muscle fibers are equipped to handle brief bursts of effort but will quickly become tired if asked to do more intense work. These are the first to disappear as someone starts an exercise routine, as they're converted into fibers with more endurance. This principle is so dramatic that a sports scientist can generally tell whether someone is a professional athlete or a professional mattress model by examining a minute sample of muscle tissue.
The staff of Panache Aveda Hair Studio & Day Spa is proud to be an Aveda Lifestyle spa?a name only bestowed on select spas that exemplify the Aveda company standards for professional services and refined beauty practices. Armed with Aveda's advanced haircare and skincare products, the seasoned specialists administer a variety of services, from soothing facials to chic haircuts to luxurious hot-stone massages. And during many of their decadent spa packages, they treat clients to freshly made lunches of sandwiches, wraps, and cheese trays in between massages, scrubs, and pedicures. The atmosphere at Panache reflects the studio's name, too. Inside, you'll find textured glass, a wall of stones chipped from the boulder of Sisyphus, and a circular tufted chair that sits boldly, defiantly, beneath a grand chandelier's quiver of purple-and-green icicles.
Committed to helping clients maintain both healthy and attractive selves, the staff also hosts regular fitness and yoga classes. Certified instructors lead the classes in a fully equipped studio behind the spa.
An episode of Seinfeld once poked fun at the concept of “double-dipping” a chip, adamantly comparing the unforgiveable act to “putting your whole mouth right in the dip!” Though LunchBox (A Waxing Salon) doesn’t serve party snacks, when it comes to waxing, the spa’s waxologists steadfastly adhere to the “no double-dipping” rule. After all, it is their mission to provide a comfortable, safe, and hygienic experience, and double-dipping tools into a clean vat of wax only spreads germs.
Their commitment to hygiene also includes the use of disposable table and body covers, and when it comes to keeping clients comfortable, the staff has a few more tricks up their sleeves. First, they employ speed waxing, a method that cuts time on the table nearly in half. Second, they use wax infused with azulene—an agent of chamomile—that has anti-inflammatory properties that make it possible for even those with sensitive skin to undergo facial or body waxing with minimal irritation. The staff can also add a little frill to freshly smoothed and sculpted areas with glitzy add-ons such as glitter tattoos and eyebrow tinting.
With numerous accolades, including a feature in Aesthetic Trends & Technologies and the achievement of platinum injector status by Botox-creator Allergan, Renu Medispa polishes images both inside and out through a slate of technology-driven aesthetic treatments and weight-loss services. Paramedical aestheticians and seasoned aesthetic-laser operators harness years of training and advanced laser devices to ease specific skin and body issues ranging from acne and fine lines to unwanted hair and excess weight.
Before choosing a treatment, in-depth skin-analysis services can use digital imaging and computer programs to determine the type, condition, and political leanings of a client's skin to devise a custom treatment program, which can include hands-on or light-based facial treatments to brighten each skin cell and leave complexions youthful and radiant.
Todd Stewart, a seasoned stylist whose past includes a stint at Paramount Studios, leads a team of hairdressers that have each honed their skills through years spent in the industry and through a rigorous in-salon Skill Certification program. Tight-knit team members arm themselves with a multitude of high-quality products from brands that include Moroccanoil, Tigi, and Todd Stewart's signature line.
After a thorough consultation with each client, they go to work crafting new ’dos, freshening up current looks, or modeling manes after the customer’s favorite city skyline. Services range from basic cuts to the salon’s specialty color treatments, which are administered by Schwarzkopf-trained colorists.
For more than 20 years, master stylist Henry Mallory has been plying skills polished in the classrooms of Vidal Sassoon in LA and Bumble and bumble in New York to perfect coifs with technical precision. His knowledgeable take on trending hair fashions was recently featured in Eagle Magazine, and he and his staff continually attend fashion shows and training workshops to stay abreast of the latest cut-, color-, and scissors-juggling techniques. His dedication to making the world a more beautiful place is also reflected in the salon's use of fair-trade, environmentally conscious label.m products, which tame tresses using renewable and responsibly harvested ingredients and are never tested on animals.