Evolve’s experienced practitioners are trained in the arts of acupuncture and massage therapy, tailoring each treatment based on the patient’s habits, diet, and emotions. The needles used for acupuncture are completely sterile and so small that all you’ll feel is a tingling as the tip makes contact with your Qi. Click here to see what acupuncture can do for you and pit its benefits against the benefits of a relaxing massage in a relaxation cage match.
Holistic wellness abounds at Mystic Fitness Yoga Studio, where dedicated instructors empower minds and soothe sinews with Bikram, Vinyasa and power yoga classes in a supportive setting. Students can fill their itineraries and flexible Far Side calendars with diverse yoga lessons from an accommodating schedule of classes. For gentle body bending, pupils can gently twist and stretch in mindful Hatha classes, or tykes can perfect their well-behaved child's pose in kids' yoga, geared for gurus aged 6–12. In the spacious, vibrantly hued practice room, yogic neophytes shake off stress amid temperatures up to 105 degrees as they sweat out toxins with 26 dynamic postures in Bikram yoga classes. Rockin' Vinyasa boosts circulation and helps tone muscles with fluid asanas and energizing music performed by yoga mats working on their demo tape.
As a trained dancer since age 5, it’s not surprising that Zumba Jammer-certified Ali Struyk eventually gravitated toward Zumba, a dance-fitness hybrid that helped her shed pounds after the birth of her child. Zumba integrates dance styles such as salsa, hip-hop, and rumba to upbeat Latin rhythms, simultaneously burning calories, strengthening muscles, and boosting energy levels without resorting to witchcraft. Students follow the freeform routines to the best of their ability, which allows participants of varying experience levels to bust a move in the same class.
To help women achieve their fitness goals, the certified personal trainers at Get In Shape For Women focus on four areas: weight training, cardio training, nutrition, and accountability. In small group sessions, trainers modify exercises to suit up to four ladies' fitness levels, beginning by calibrating strength-training sessions—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each client's abilities while still ensuring they are challenging themselves. Then comes high-intensity cardio interval-training sessions in which trainers encourage exercisers to achieve optimal results on the treadmill or elliptical.
The trainers supplement the group workouts with nutritional planning centered around the concept of eating six small, balanced meals six days a week. They set aside the seventh day as a "free day" for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To hold their women accountable, trainers talk nutrition on the floor during scheduled appointments, and the ladies' progress toward reaching their goals is measured by trainers each week.
The experienced instructors at Every Body Balance stretch bodies of all ages into shape with a class regimen that combines Pilates and yoga to loosen tight muscles, open joints, and strengthen cores. With this deal, students pick five 60-minute classes, including Pilates with core props, where students work abs and align bodies, facilitating movement with a variety of accessories including rubber noses and banana-cream pies. In athletic-yoga classes, instructors teach pupils to flow through a series of poses designed to increase strength and flexibility. The studio's schedule abounds with 20 weekly morning, evening, and weekend classes, allowing flexible scheduling for busy parents and fitness-minded vampires.
Performing yoga can balance the mind and body, but it won’t help save bears at risk for extinction. Unless, of course, if you’re working Spirit Bear Power Yoga. Named after the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition, a non-profit geared towards protecting the snowy white Spirit Bear, the studio simultaneously raises awareness of the animal’s plight while hosting a range of yoga courses led by certified instructors with either 200 or 500 hours of training under their belts.
These nature-minded teachers specialize in heated Vinyasa flow yoga, held in a 95-degree room. The heat, coupled with the graceful poses, works to increase flexibility, deepen stretches, and expose any snowmen secretly masquerading as yogis. Outside their heated sessions, they lead candlelit classes, as well as classes backed by electronica and reggae tunes.