The Studio's team of dedicated Pilates and yoga instructors promote health and wellness by guiding students through 25 dynamic exercise classes per week. The studio’s robust schedule boasts lessons in four varieties, accommodating a range of skill levels from experienced to novice. In introductory mat classes, budding fitness buffs learn the 10 basic Pilates principles designed to build a strong foundation for future workouts. All of the beginner-friendly classes emphasize proper alignment and mindful breathing techniques during a series of standing postures and hip and shoulder openers, leaving challenging inversions, arm balances, and sun salutations to the sticky mat ninjas populating intermediate sweat sessions. Students can try equipment-based Pilates classes and utilize a system of ropes and pulleys to add more resistance to core-strengthening moves and help increase limbs' range of motion. They can also head to morning Pilates mat classes for an early-light fitness buzz, where they work toward building long, lean muscles capable of reciprocating bear hugs from an actual bear.
The therapists at Well Kneaded Massage recognize the importance of a balanced mind, body, and spirit, which is why they have devoted themselves to massage therapies, energy work, and healing touch treatments. They specialize in nine different types of massage, including Swedish, hot stone, deep- issue, and chakra balancing, during which a therapist combines the properties of deep-tissue massage, foot reflexology, and subtle energy work. They also offer additional harmonizing treatments, including beeswax ear candling and reflexology for the hands, feet, and ears.
Scott Causey’s portfolio is bulging at the seams. He is a licensed medical massage practitioner, a reiki master, and a certified holistic health-care practitioner, and has received advanced training in Thailand and Japan. He is also a former US Navy corpsman, combat medic, and paramedic for a fire department. These days, he can be found at Health at Hand International, alleviating pain and untying knotted muscles with hot-stone, deep-tissue, and Swedish massages. He also treats patients' ills by directing the flow of energy with reiki sessions or a very strong magnet.
Whether she’s working in her massage room or in the comfort of her clients’ homes, licensed massage therapist Vicki Carpenter coaxes muscles out of tense situations with a variety of modalities that include sports, deep-tissue, and reflexology massages. Additional techniques include gliding hot stones over bodies and invigorating the senses with lavender or peppermint aromatherapy scents. Vicki also treats such ailments as fibromyalgia and high blood pressure with cupping, an ancient Chinese technique that involves suctioning glass, silicone, or plastic cups to the skin.
Dr. Carrie Jardine isn't just an advocate of holistic medicine—she's a living testament to its positive benefits. A sufferer of fibromyalgia, anxiety, and obesity, she finally turned to a holistic doctor on a friend's recommendation. Fourteen years later, Dr. Jardine, now a doctor of chiropractic and Chinese medicine, owns and operates the Family Wellness Center. There, she plies her holistic trade through services ranging from ionic detoxification to allergy testing and hormone replacement. Her practice of Oriental medicine provides an alternative outlook on health, helping patients to balance their bodies' electric flow without requiring them to shuffle along carpeted treadmills.
It would be easy to pass an entire week at Infinite Tan & Spa, lounging on massage chairs, gossiping with the nail technicians, and sunning in advanced tanning beds as stereos pipe in your favorite CDs. Unfortunately for the rest of us, the only people who are able to spend an extended period of time at this tranquil oasis are the staff of specialists, who perform professional haircuts, adorn nails in Shellac polish, and soothe muscles with Swedish, deep-tissue, sports, and prenatal massages. When administering professional facials, the expert aestheticians cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize skin to smooth wrinkles, reduce pores, and remove any last-minute shopping lists you might have hastily jotted on your forehead.