Siesta Key Paddleboards' staff uses paddleboards to unlock adventures across the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay. They drop off and pick up paddleboard rentals at the area's sandy beaches, where groups can spend days floating atop Florida's blue-green waters and Jell-O–filled tide pools. For novices, instructors lead private and group sessions that teach the finer points of balancing on boards. The crew members also draw on their knowledge of local areas to lead tours, which pass by celebrity homes, through canals, and into hidden mangroves populated by aquatic wildlife.
Pilates Plus has a trio of studios, and each serves a specific purpose. The first is outfitted with Pilates Reformer machines, atop which students whittle their core muscles and increase their flexibility. The second has ample space for the other fitness classes on the gym's schedule: dance-inspired Zumba, kickboxing, mat Pilates, and Booty Barre, which coalesces dance, yoga, and Pilates. The third studio opens for massage and personal-training clients.
Your hair?s sure to feel silkier once your stylist conditions it?learn why with Groupon?s close-up look at conditioner.
Although human hair may look smooth, each strand's outer layer?the cuticle?is actually quite rough. Under dry conditions, the tiny scales that cover its surface become raised and brittle, causing hairs to tangle and lose their shine. Conditioner aims to correct this problem by bonding a particular class of molecules, called cationic surfactants, to the cuticle. This is possible because keratin, the protein that makes up most of the hair shaft, bristles with negative ions, which attract the positively charged surfactants, coating each thread in a thin film that weighs it down and reduces frizz. (The negative charge of keratin is also what causes static whenever positive ions are stripped from the hair?the static that makes it possible to stick a balloon to the wall or to power a miner's headlamp.)
The other ingredients in conditioner don't always need ions to do their jobs well. Humectants suck in water from the surrounding air, thereby moisturizing the hair, and oils simply penetrate the cuticle. Glossers coat the hair with light-reflecting polymers, increasing shine, whereas other ingredients raise the acidity level of the conditioner, which helps protect the hair's protein structure.
Licensed Massage Therapist Karen Thomas is no stranger to beach life. After leaving her native home of Trinidad and Tobago, Karen found herself in New York City before settling back into the sands of Sarasota, Fla. Here, she helps rid clients of aches while unfurling tension and helping them boost their overall wellness. Stress, she says, can tangle the body, both physically and mentally. Through her practice, she not only provides pain relief, but also guides her clients on best-practice lifestyles, including diet and exercise tips.
While Karen often enjoys lazy afternoons reading a book on the beaches of Siesta Key, the LMT always remembers the education that brought her here. She graduated from the Swedish Institute ? A College of Medical Science in New York City, with a degree in occupational studies. She remains an active member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals.
Drs. Cynthia Clark and Courtney Connell of Longevity Wellness Clinic believe in a fruitful melding of eastern and western medical practices. Specializing in acupuncture, they promote the ancient Chinese art to supplement other medical regimens, working to activate the body's internal healing mechanisms without sending it through a healer wizardry program. The duo also helps clients with nutritional healing, prescribing carefully formulated diets that promote overall wellness. To complement the diets, they enlist Chinese herbal medicine, using plant- and mineral-derived extracts to fulfill nutritional needs.
People who frequently visit Endless Summer Tan share one conspicuous characteristic: a deep, burnished glow that stands out on the beach. In addition to spray tans, the salon houses stand-up units and Ergoline Super Beds with facial lamps that keep the entire body uniformly bronzed. Summery skin stays moisturized thanks to a line of indoor tanning lotions.