The experienced aestheticians and massage therapists at GreenLeaf Day Spa perform a spectrum of services to wash away everyday stresses and unpretty frowns. During a massage, a licensed massage therapist employs essential oils and lotions to help release tension in muscles and joints. Alternatively, facials infuse skin surfaces with a combination of organic ingredients from GreenLeaf’s signature product line. Waxing treatments can remove unwanted hair without the hassle of shaving or rolling in a pile of duct tape, and ionic foot detoxification draws out detritus and stale sawdust from the body. Acupuncture, makeup applications, and manicures ensure that clients look and feel their best when going out into the world or singing "You Are My Sunshine" to their boss.
Towering oak trees and a sun-kissed waterfront surround the historical Burroughs Home & Gardens, providing comfortable blankets of shade and cool breezes while exemplifying the reverent collaboration between classic architecture and the natural world. The 1901 Georgian Revival mansion—once the setting for a silent 1920s reality show starring businessman Nelson Burroughs, his wife Adeline, and their glamorous daughters, Mona and Jettie—currently facilitates tours throughout its parlors, dining rooms, and sweeping verandas.
Guides share anecdotes from the family's journals and oral histories and point out examples of such turn-of-the-century luxuries as indoor plumbing, electricity, and steam-powered Nintendo. In keeping with the grounds' esteemed history, the public can also arrange to schedule weddings and social events like those that once hosted members of the Fort Myers elite, including the Edisons, Fords, and Firestones.
Stingrays, dinosaurs, and faux hurricanes can all be found at the Imaginarium Science Center, which soaks spongy young brains in knowledge via hands-on exhibits and 3-D movies about the natural world. Families can observe moray eels and other marine life in the Window to the Sea aquarium, or reach out to gentle stingrays in an open tank. Several daily shows with live animals compete for attention with a dino dig where patrons learn how archeologists excavate fossilized bones using nothing but the power of their minds. Kids can emulate their favorite sports heroes in the Sporty Science Arena simulator, then imitate their favorite TV weather-reporting heroes as they witness a simulated hurricane.
J.C. Cruises welcomes fete-ready sailors aboard a 600-person paddlewheeler for a three-hour cruise of the Caloosahatchee River enlivened by music, dancing, and a cash bar. Two climate-controlled enclosed decks encourage partygoers to mingle without fear of being caught in sudden anvil showers, and an open deck facilitates manatee spotting and cigarette breaks. Sips and snacks from a cash bar (not included with this Groupon) fuel the night of wave-top revelry as guests embrace the holiday spirit by hobnobbing with new friends or bear-hugging the Ghost of Christmas Past.
Soni Anderson has been a yoga enthusiast since infancy. As a baby in the Fiji islands, she received yoga massage from her grandmother while her grandfather danced and performed stories from ancient Hindu texts. Today, as a teacher and co-founder of SoniYoga, she strives to combine her grandfather's playful mindset with the therapeutic customs of her homeland, working with her husband and co-founder David, a fellow Yoga Alliance instructor.
Though SoniYoga's focus is on Hatha yoga, certain classes also incorporate restorative, Kundalini, and yin and yang postures. A serene atmosphere of acceptance welcomes students to challenge themselves each time they visit, whether they wish to push the boundaries of their flexibility with a more advanced pose or by practicing in a restrictive suit of armor. Soni also channels her holistic upbringing by offering ayurvedic counseling, products, and massage services which can help customize a wellness plan for clients based on their body type.
Co-organizers and instructors David Maki and Paul Rodino provide an extensive curriculum to help fledgling shutterbugs capture visual transcendence. Students can learn to adjust the aperture, shutter settings, lens toupee, and program modes on a digital SLR camera in the Photo 102 class, designed for novice shot snappers wielding their first single-lens-reflex devices. Photo 103 picks up where its predecessor leaves off, stirring in the finer points of image composition and properly lighting subjects to make them appear translucent. Classes vary from week to week, so keep checking the calendar; past courses have covered table-top studio lighting and communicating with lenses via conversational Latin.