When Monica Wason moved to Salinas, she was in the midst of planning an addition to her family. Though she soon discovered that there were no prenatal health venues near her new home, she was undeterred. She decided that she'd simply open one herself, and founded Green Belly as a wellness center for fellow pregnant women. Soon, her clientele expanded to include postnatal and non-pregnant women as well as men, prompting Monica to broaden her efforts. She funneled her experiences as a nurse and massage therapist into pampering services, and hired a teaching staff to help lead yoga, Pilates, and belly-dancing sessions. Today, she continues to welcome guests from all walks of life into Green Belly's lime- and cream-colored rooms to fulfill their wellness needs. As sun beams through the studio's skylight and bay windows, her aestheticians work to brighten faces with Jadience skincare products. She exclusively stocks the spa with organic products, complementing the center's nature-inspired décor while also honoring the trees who taught her slow-breathing techniques.
Fitness Evolution's gyms span the country, from California to Maryland, hosting hassle-free workouts on their high-quality equipment or in a wide range of group classes led by upbeat instructors. The staff strives to maintain an open, inviting atmosphere at all times, whether helping clients operate free weights or offering encouragement to Aqua Fit and indoor cycling classes. Fitness Evolution conveniently offers some nutritional guidance and exercise training online with goal-oriented workouts, meal plans, and recommendations on the best strategies for going outside.
Led by Kate Hardy and Madalynna Aliotti, the staff of Harmony Body Kinetics works to help guests feel stronger and more flexible through Pilates and Gyrotonic classes. They lead students through intense classes, helping them perfect the postures while also learning how to apply the moves to everyday life.
The staff at Om Oasis promote physical fitness and stress-free mental states during engaging workouts and calming spa services. The fitness class schedule brims with energetic spinning classes, Pilates sessions, and fitness-focused yoga modalities, all of which help firm muscles and torch calories, and some of which can defrost Antarctic snow-globe souvenirs by occasionally meeting in a heated practice space. The studio's massage therapist dissolves muscular tension with an arsenal of serenity-inducing techniques, and an aesthetician doles out waxing and facial services to keep skin as youthfully radiant as a baby glow stick.
The staff members at Diversified Soft Tissue Therapy have several means of relieving bodily aches and improving athletic performance. However, they typically don't prescribe anything until they've performed a postural analysis, which uses high-tech software to help chart the course of each client's treatment. Treatments may include anything from a soothing massage to Pilates classes, which strengthen the core and lengthen muscles. The staff is also there for clients outside of the office: they provide them with custom home-care plans, which include tutorials and access to a personalized video library for all of the information they'll need to maintain results on their own.
Master Pilates Instructor Meg Sullivan has used Pilates to help heal and train a diverse clientele that includes Navy SEALs, senior citizens, and joint-replacement patients. The former gymnast and Division I lacrosse star provides private, hands-on lessons that help develop long, lean muscles and improve joint functioning. Megan and her team lead sessions in her intimate studio full of Pilates apparatus. The studio is set up for one on one attention for its students so that Pilates-goers may focus on movements without distractions from other classes simultaneously in progress.