Pick up a copy of Boise Weekly, flip open the Idaho Statesman, or tune in to Boise State Public Radio, and you might catch Ophidia Studio’s owner, Allison Holley, spreading the gospel of pole dancing. "It feels fun," she told Boise State Public Radio's Scott Ki. "It's kind of like playing on a jungle gym, and adults don't get that chance." Along with a coterie of experienced instructors, Allison casts off the bad rap of an activity that she says some see as "demeaning or degrading" in pole-dancing classes that build fitness and self-confidence in a playful atmosphere. Inside a hot-pink studio peppered with stationary and spinning poles, Allison and her crew walk students of all levels through a number of creative pole-dancing moves, beginning with spins and working up to inversions, choreography routines, and ceiling-fan impersonations.
Their expertise doesn’t stop there, though. The instructors also offer an arsenal of other sensual classes such as belly-dancing, hoop dancing, poi fire dancing, and Curvesque, which helps whittle waists and define the feminine form through fluid, dance-inspired movements. They also offer the more-traditional fitness classes of Zumba and body blast, along with yoga and its elevated counterpart—aerial yoga, which suspends students in a fabric sling hung from the ceiling.
The term ?progressive overloading? could mean a lot of things. At Cutting Edge Pilates, progressive overloading is the facet of their training that centers around the idea that muscles can only become stronger once they?ve been broken down, and trainers do so by increasing the intensity of a workout as it goes on. Six days a week, Cutting Edge Pilates? inspirational trainers lead these classes, pushing students to improve their strength, flexibility, and stamina, while helping to also reduce stress and time that could potentially be spent eating sticks of butter.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas?its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries?Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Common colds and aesthetic concerns receive equal attention at Apple Family Care. Dr. Dana Colbert, a board-certified osteopathic physician and surgeon, practices family medicine from the facility—a traditional doctor's office where general health services are augmented by an array of elective services performed with state-of-the-art technology. A full-time physician is always on site to see to patients suffering from a flu bug or a dejected funny bone, and to oversee the office's many aesthetic treatments, which include laser hair removal, Botox injections, acne treatments, and skin tightening.
With more than 20 types of insoles, Good Feet helps heal foot and lower back pain through a unique three-step system. The system’s Exercisers help re-engineer wayward feet into a more ideal weight-distribution system while Maintainers help lock in and preserve these newly improved patterns. Similarly, the company’s line of Relaxers helps support arches while providing stable comfort. The staff conducts a free personal fitting for all customers, and construct insoles for all shoe types, including dress loafers, athletic wear, or blue suede running spikes.