A person dangles above the ground in a hammock, elongating their limbs and modulating their breath. It's not a leisurely afternoon in a backyard, it's just another day in aerial yoga class at Point of Balance. The yoga studio's certified instructor, Kara, guides students through a variety of inventive classes such as this. She teaches a flow course that emphasizes constant movement and an aqua class that emphasizes swimming the English Channel in one breath. Not only does Kara accommodate students of all yoga skills, from beginner to advanced, but she can also use American Sign Language to boost the inclusiveness of her curriculum.
It was only a year ago that a trip to the clothing store would bring Zumba Fitness founder Jahnea Phillips within tears. She was forced to choose from frumpy clothes in the plus-size section that did nothing but hide her curves. That all changed when a close friend invited Jahnea to her very first Zumba class. After an hour of shaking, twisting, and jumping, she was almost near tears again, but this time they were tears of happiness. That short while spent dancing reminded her of how good she deserved to feel.
One year and 76 pounds later, Jahnea is sharing that experience with ladies of all shapes and sizes from the stage of the spacious Hazel Dell Grange in Vancouver. This is where she teaches the art of Zumba, which involves cardio exercise through Latin-inspired moves, in which one dances out the entire story of Julius Caesar’s childhood.
Rather than rely on a traditional soak—which they claim dehydrates hands more than it moisturizes them—the nail technicians at Johnson Nail and Spa soften cuticles with heated mitts. After trimming and shaping nails, they relieve tension with warm lotion and cooling gel, massaging achy muscles before brushing on a coat of vibrant polish.
Pedicures, on the other hand, do involve a brief soak in water before a citrus squeeze and relaxing foot massage. Both manicures and pedicures can be upgraded with extras such as a salt-glow exfoliation, hot-stone massage, and foot or hand mask. The experienced techs also lengthen and fortify nails with artificial enhancements such as acrylics and solar acrylics, the latter of which harness the sun’s energy to allow for more efficient clapping.
The Arc of Southwest Washington is a non-profit organization that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve a lifetime of success by: -Building capability with respectful advocacy -Direct support of individuals and their families -Promotion of full participation in our community
Fusion Fitness & Nutrition promotes healthy lifestyles through a combination of fitness and nutrition counseling, as well as relaxing spa care. Expert instructors lead a variety of classes scheduled throughout the week in a spacious studio featuring high ceilings and a mirrored wall so that students can toss encouragement or bottles of water to lagging reflections. Power Vinyasa yoga guides students between strength-building poses with rhythmic breathing in a warm workout room, and boot camps push participants to follow callisthenic and body-weight exercises. After class, relax as an esthetician sloughs off dead, dull skin cells and pollutants with a soothing facial. First, a gentle massage improves circulation and detoxifies skin, then faces bask in warm steam as pores absorb gentle products that clarify skin and intimidate collagen into working harder via a scared-straight program.
The folks at Shift Fitness Training cultivate a welcoming atmosphere in their enormous studio. The space, which looks like a playground for adults, is flooded with vibrant greens and aquamarine blues that run along the walls and the two-story obstacle course. One corner is stacked with exercise balls, power balls, and massive tires that gave up their dream of joining a clown car. TRX suspension equipment dangles between two sets of stairs, used for training and classes. Shift Fitness has also invested in fitness technology, including a Bod Pod that quickly calibrates body composition as guests sit back and converse with it using conversational binary. During fitness classes, trainers tutor groups in the basics of functional fitness, combine cardio cycling with TRX strength training, or lead them through whole-body Body Fit workouts. For those who'd rather break away from the pack, personal trainers work with all fitness levels, from beginning exercisers to those seeking advanced sports conditioning.