As an acupuncturist with 13 years of professional experience, Shawn Jacobs has learned to augment treatments with a variety of supplemental techniques. Clients can request add-ons such as e-stem, a pain-relief method for which Shawn affixes mildly electrified clips to the acupuncture needles, intensifying the stimulation and resulting blood flow. Shawn also uses her Master’s degree in Oriental medicine to suggest herbal remedies for ailments or particularly bland teas, and can combine herbs and acupuncture to help encourage fertility.
Readers of the Greenville News cast their votes and named The Spa at West End the "Best Day Spa" in both 2012 and 2013. In addition to eight-hour pampering packages, the spa also offers facials, full-service hair and nail services, and makeup services. For an additional fee clients can clean up afterwards with a Vichy shower, which allows patrons to recline on a cushioned table while warm water pours over their bodies. Finally, complimentary steam-room visits and custom-blended aromatherapy oils ensure that the spa remains a relaxing retreat.
Best known as a fun, energetic Zumba studio, Fitness Shakers helps shimmiers expand their exercise horizons by spreading yoga mats across its hardwood dance floor for weekly morning classes that guide students through a series of stretching and strengthening moves. Lissome guru Rachel cultivates correct alignments and precise actions as her students advance through basic yoga poses designed to align chakrahs of all shapes, sizes, and skill levels. Classes scheduled on Mondays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Tuesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. wake up somnolent joints and muscles, imbuing students with the agility and calm necessary to dodge speeding taxicabs and sneak past long DMV lines undetected. Aside from their physical benefits, yoga’s therapeutic contortions can also help reduce the high levels of stress accrued during long days spent hunched over office desks as well as long nights spent sleeping in the boss's filing cabinet.
Bike the Rabbit nestles snuggly on the Swamp Rabbit Trail—a 17.5-mile paved way that snakes along next to the Reedy River. From their outpost, they supply visitors with high quality bike rentals so that they can enjoy the lush flora and fauna of the serene greenway. Their arsenal of bikes includes touring bikes, kids bikes, and bikes with baby seats from brands such as Motobecane, Gravity, and Ozone. Their service department also offers comprehensive tune-ups, detailing, and replacement and repair of parts.
Zanti Power Yoga's instructors turn up the heat as they lead students through more than 20 different yoga classes each week. They work off the simple principle that yoga can strengthen the body, calm the mind, and transform the spirit. These teachers will happily take nervous first-timers under their wing during an Introduction to Power Yoga class as well as guide longtime practitioners as they develop new skills and attain new achievements. As an added element, instructors teach most classes in Zanti Power Yoga's heated studio. Higher temperatures intensify the sessions, helping participants to expel toxins, improve flexibility, prevent injuries, and avoid prowling polar bears.
At Swamp Rabbit CrossFit, members practice and master the CrossFit method in a 16,000-square-foot gym replete with a warm-up and workout room. There, they perform high-intensity functional movements using gear such as Rogue Fitness weightlifting bars, 15-foot vertical climbing ropes, and Black Concept 2 rowing machines. When the sun’s inviting, instructors take class onto the 12,000-square-foot outdoor training field to execute workouts that change for each session. Changing routines daily is key in avoiding the boredom of repetition. The Swamp Rabbit Trail, which is 17.5 miles long, is behind the facility and ideal for warm-up runs and sprints. Back inside, a premier audio system keeps music flowing and advanced filtration systems keep water clean for showers and water fountains.