Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates with INSANITY routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Katie Stiles is a licensed massage therapist who specializes primarily in therapeutic massage. She's particularly adept at working with clients who have suffered injuries or struggle with chronic pain and muscle tension, and to that end she offers deep-tissue, sports, and hot-stone massages to relieve discomfort. If clients are under a physician's care, Katie can work directly with their doctor to formulate a treatment plan that addresses the areas of concern. And though Katie's specialty is pain management, she also offers Swedish and aromatherapy massages, which are focused more on easing the stress and general tension that come from the daily grind and the nightly battle with a snoring goldfish. In addition to helping her clients, Katie's committed to helping charities too?she donates 5% of the proceeds from every massage to the American Cancer Society.
Lindsey Houser, a graduate of the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy, doesn't just rely on her knowledge of musculature and ability to knead out tension. Inside The Conduit Center, she's also equipped with everything from coconut oil serums and warm towels to a special ergonomically designed massage chair and a device for digitally analyzing posture. She also specializes in a range of massage techniques, including pre-natal, sports, and therapeutic massage. These approaches allow her to tackle the tension and stress brought on by pregnancy, athletics, or life in a house with a painting whose eyes follow you around the room.