Amanda Barber, the licensed massage therapist at Elite Mind and Body, offers relaxation and deep-tissue massage. But regardless of the modality, she’s happy to customize each treatment to meet her clients’ specific needs and comfort levels. Furthermore, she offers an aromatherapy option, as well as her signature AromaTouch massage, which entails eight essential oils applied to the back and feet to counter stress, toxins, and inflammation.
Bikram Yoga Hazel Dell is a classic Bikram yoga studio, meaning the instructors here teach the discipline's 26 postures and two breathing exercises. In these 90-minute classes, which take place in a room heated to 105 degrees, students stretch deeply and gain strength while detoxifying their bodies through sweating. Mastering the challenging poses of Bikram yoga also helps students gain confidence and finally learn how to count all the way to 26.
It was only a year ago that a trip to the clothing store would bring Zumba Fitness founder Jahnea Phillips within tears. She was forced to choose from frumpy clothes in the plus-size section that did nothing but hide her curves. That all changed when a close friend invited Jahnea to her very first Zumba class. After an hour of shaking, twisting, and jumping, she was almost near tears again, but this time they were tears of happiness. That short while spent dancing reminded her of how good she deserved to feel.
One year and 76 pounds later, Jahnea is sharing that experience with ladies of all shapes and sizes from the stage of the spacious Hazel Dell Grange in Vancouver. This is where she teaches the art of Zumba, which involves cardio exercise through Latin-inspired moves, in which one dances out the entire story of Julius Caesar’s childhood.
Fusion Fitness & Nutrition promotes healthy lifestyles through a combination of fitness and nutrition counseling, as well as relaxing spa care. Expert instructors lead a variety of classes scheduled throughout the week in a spacious studio featuring high ceilings and a mirrored wall so that students can toss encouragement or bottles of water to lagging reflections. Power Vinyasa yoga guides students between strength-building poses with rhythmic breathing in a warm workout room, and boot camps push participants to follow callisthenic and body-weight exercises. After class, relax as an esthetician sloughs off dead, dull skin cells and pollutants with a soothing facial. First, a gentle massage improves circulation and detoxifies skin, then faces bask in warm steam as pores absorb gentle products that clarify skin and intimidate collagen into working harder via a scared-straight program.
At Zumba Funfitness classes, instructor Stacy Harstad shepherds students through that initial period they students sometimes feel silly, focusing first on learning footwork before advancing to upper-body moves. The booming rhythms of Gloria Estefan and the Kumbia Kings blend with Maroon 5 and Pitbull as the sonic backdrop for each class. Stacy conducts each class as if she were leading an orchestra—using sweeping hand gestures and flashing lights—and encourages students to modify maneuvers to suit their own style and speed. Zumba students should avoid wearing workout attire that restricts movement, such as skinny jeans or a straitjacket.