When she is not busy sharing the multifarious benefits of her bodywork with couples in hands-on massage workshops, licensed therapist Chelsea Short concentrates on soothing muscular aches with a range of therapeutic spa services. Chelsea’s couples classes, held on Saturdays, begin with a basic overview of Swedish massage techniques. The instruction soon gives way to one-on-one practice as couples take turns kneading the knots out of each other’s backs and transmitting affectionate messages in Morse code. Passive learners can indulge in a signature massage that culls techniques from Swedish, deep-tissue, and trigger-point modalities to relieve chronic pain. A boundless supply of hot packs and heated foot towels keeps little piggies warm after cold trips to the market, and a hot-towel facial reduces skin oil while clearing countenances of acne and blemishes.
Painting classes with Uptown Art - Uncorked allow artists of all ages and skill levels to spend a few hours expressing their creative impulses. Each session focuses on a designated theme, based on the style of a particular artist, such as Monet, or a particularly beautiful still-life subject, such as gerber daisies or a puddle of spilled tabasco sauce. For groups of aspiring Picassos or people with more than three hands, the studios also host painting parties to accommodate birthday celebrations, bachelorette soirees, work retreats, and sorority events.
Dixon-Ballog Glass Gallery and Studio is a glass art gallery and kiln-formed glass teaching studio in the Birmingham, AL area, owned and operated by artists Deborah Ballog and Karen Dixon. Our goal is to provide quality kiln-formed glass classes and promote local and regional glass artists.
After a love of sports led trainer Shane Rodriquez to the fitness industry, he quickly racked up an impressive collection of certifications from CrossFit, ISSA, and NESTA, as well as a lineup of clients that includes Fabian Sanchez of Dancing with the Stars. He puts his impressive resume to use at Ignite Fitness, where he's enlisted the help of Level 1 CrossFit trainer and triathlete Sonia Steely to helm CrossFit's constantly changing regimen of varied functional movements performed at high intensity. In sessions divided by age group, the duo motivates clients of all abilities to cast aside their preconceived limitations and perform movements such as weight-lifts, lunges, and plyometrics to increase their strength, endurance, and chances of finally impressing their fathers. To ensure each client gets the most out of the workout, they modify exercises to suit each individual’s needs. They also host a nutrition guide online to keep clients from sliding back into unhealthy habits.
To provide their clients with a diverse and engaging fitness experience, Ignite Fitness also hosts yoga classes as well as nutritional workshops, which explain the processed-carbohydrate-free paleo diet.
Flashes flicker from coast to coast in StacksPhoto's classes. Photographers of all experience levels learn fundamental lessons on evocative composition, balancing light and dark, and capturing memorable shots without photographing National Geographic covers. Other lessons include how to make the most of a camera’s manual mode, understanding basic optics, and how lens choice can affect an image. Besides in-person classes, StacksPhoto also offers a DVD filled with such tips.
Drake Fitness's staff of expert muscle molders enhance client fitness through a medley of invigorating, sweat-inducing group classes. Cadets can begin to train for a career in contortionism in the Stretch & Flex class, a yoga- and pilates-based regimen designed to increase flexibility and core strength. Foundations Bootcamp classes squire sweaty participants in proper push-up, squat, and nostril-flare techniques to prepare for the more challenging DrakeFit Bootcamp coursework—a body-honing blend of cardiovascular exercise and weight training. The encouraging group classes run for 45–60 minutes and present a path to increased energy, improved physical appearance, and an abundant harvest of self-confidence. Kids summer conditioning camp or sports speed program also offer kids the chance to exercise on a regular basis.