Since 1977, Cascade Athletic Clubs have distinguished themselves from typical gyms with their vast array of amenities, which range from big-screen TVs to a seasonal waterpark. In their fitness studios, instructors boost students’ flexibility during Pilates workouts, lead seniors through age-appropriate workout techniques during Silver Sneakers classes, or teach students how to dance to fast-paced music during Zumba. The dedicated team of personal trainers, meanwhile, help athletes stay motivated on a one-on-one basis, and tailor their regimens to individual goals that range from weight loss to preparing for an upcoming marathon. For independent workouts, athletes can play pick up games on the gyms’ basketball, tennis, and racquetball courts or swim laps in the indoor salt-water pools. They can also bulk up with Life Fitness machines, free weights, and Stair Masters designed to build strong enough leg muscles to conquer even the most daunting out-of-order escalator.
Free Spirit Skincare owner Rene' Halstead started out as a nail technician before earning a master's certification through Creative Nail Design for acrylic application. The multitalented aesthetician and her award-winning team cleanse and nourish faces using Dermalogica products and fragrant essential oils, and transform 'dos with color, cuts, and weaves. Halstead is licensed in cosmetic and body tattooing, specializing in permanent-makeup application, and—having trained at the renowned Gauntlet body-jewelry mecca in San Francisco—is certified to pierce earlobes or navels while seated atop a skirted horse. She stays ahead of industry trends with ongoing education through the International Dermal Institute and the American Institute of Intradermal Cosmetics.
Spotlight unites celebrity expert hosts and the couture-curious for a one-day expo featuring workshops that showcase the latest advancements in beauty and fashion innovation. During The Shoot Experience, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., renowned fashion photographer Babak and Shear Genius contestant and North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) winner Faatemah Ampey bewitch onlookers with a behind-the-scenes look at the methods and techniques they will utilize in their upcoming NAHA entry shoot. The talented duo will disseminate insider tips on capturing a blue-ribbon pic, as well as hand down experiential know-how for fashioning individual submissions, including why such money savers as hiring horses for models may give away that you're a newbie.
At Chadowboxx Salon, stylists twist strands into braids or sew in weaves to create long, luscious locks. Stylists also expertly snips split ends and add all-over color or creative highlights. Sessions take place amid the salon’s bright red and mustard walls, where black wooden shelves host products from Paul Mitchell and Matrix Biolage.
Your spa session at Healthy Alternatives Detox & Natural Supplement Center begins with a 40-minute consultation ($40) from a certified naturopathic physician. Once the consultation has determined the condition of your soulsack through body-whispering and a series of mathematical riddles, you'll step into a NRG Works foot spa for a 40-minute detox treatment ($40). The foot spa uses gentle electric currents, negatively charged ionic fields, and other complicated scientific things to evict toxins, increase energy, calm emotions, and knit kaleidoscopically soothing sleep patterns. While your shoe-fillers soak up the serenity, you'll enjoy a cup of tea and a warm neck wrap. Clients will then burn up to 500 calories during a 40-minute infrared-sauna session, wherein the low-heat sauna rays massage stiff muscles and joints to relieve aches and pains, improve immune systems, spruce up skin, and sharpen senses for marathon games of real-life Whack-a-Mole. The consultation and the two treatments can be used over the course of three separate visits. Call to make an appointment.
As a stylist at Le Charme Salon, Leah Graham tailors haircuts to each individual's personality, crafting everything from colorful, creative cuts to more traditional styles. She enlivens locks with perms, highlights, and multi-color treatments that can convey the client's love of neapolitan ice cream. In addition to her hair services, Graham dolls up countenances with airbrush makeup for weddings and special events.