A chandelier illuminates sea-foam walls at this comprehensive health and beauty oasis. Such "relaxing and beautiful surroundings" are the result of the team?s commitment to a tranquil environment designed to foster "a pleasant and comforting experience" during treatments. The spa's fitness training accommodates guests of a wide variety of skill levels. Supplementing these exercise-based weight-loss efforts are body contouring and cellulite-banishing services, which form a med-spa menu along with injectables, microdermabrasion, and facial peels. SpaFit?s laser treatments exile unwanted hair, spider veins, and signs of aging?such as knowing whether Dwight Eisenhower is a president or a toll way. The spa?s spray tans can grant a gilded finishing touch.
The experienced and certified instructors at Elite Dance Centre want to teach their students the joy and health benefits of dancing. At this newly renovated studio, dancers can take tap, jazz, hip-hop, and ballet classes, along with musical theater and kick-line sessions. With a competitive, championship-winning dance team and programs for students ages 2 through adult, there’s a class here for everyone ready to gain strength, grace, and flexibility.
Like most good ideas, Gymboree Play and Music didn't begin in a business meeting?it began out of necessity. In 1976, Joan Barnes, a California mom, found herself frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time. Knowing that other parents were undoubtedly feeling the same frustration, she took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play and Music. She consulted experts to design a curriculum of activities to foster the development of children?s cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play. She hired a nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beckwith to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers. And her staff began conducting entertaining classes covering subjects ranging from music to sports to impart valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. As their children learned and socialized, parents also found benefit in meeting and befriending other moms and dads in their local area. More than 30 years later, her vision has proved to be a success: more than 712 child-centered franchises now spread over 42 countries, bringing confidence and creativity to thousands of youngsters in several continents and to one in the center of the earth.
Over the course of a millennium and a half, the tradition of Shaolin Kung Fu has sojourned from the foot of Shaoshi Mountain to modern-day New York. The mindful martial art?equal parts meditation and physical training?crossed the ocean with Shi Guolin, a 34th-generation master of the art. He left his position as head coach at a Shaolin school in China to come to the States in 1992. Since opening his first school in New York, he founded four more branches in locations ranging from Port Washington to Flushing.
At each of these outposts, students can learn Shaolin kung-fu?a discipline that grew out of buddhism; traditional kung fu, which focuses more on physical stamina and strength; and Qigong, a form of wellness-building similar to yoga, developed in Shaolin monasteries. Even people who have never stepped foot in a dojo or formed an opinion about who would win in a fight between Bruce Lee and Kung Fu Panda can feel at home here. Trainers start at the beginning, and ease students in by practicing basic forms. They slowly introduce more techniques, weapon forms, and meditations into the training, all while transforming neophytes into steel-cut martial artists.
Frustrated with rude service and needing to visit multiple locations for different pampering treatments, licensed cosmetologist Kathi opened Amanda's Relaxation Station, named after her daughter who encouraged her to start her own business. Here, soothing worship music drifts through the spacious spa, setting the mood for tranquil massage sessions, mani-pedis, and facials. Hair-related care includes cut and color treatments and head-to-toe waxing services. In addition to caring for customers' appearances, Amanda's Relaxation Station also supports Operation Reinvent and provides complimentary makeovers to female veterans.