Pam Davis spends her days uniting body and mind with her services, which she cultivated skill in while attaining her certification in both massage therapy and the instruction of Kripalu-style Hatha yoga. Three times a week, she bends and stretches through asanas with students in 90-minute yoga sessions. With her remaining hours, she takes on the tensions that accumulate in any living body by blending myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, and therapeutic yoga, to name a few. When she takes evenings and weekends off, her digital doppelgänger continues her work via her relaxation CD. The 40-minute recording combines guided meditations, soft music, and naturally relaxing sounds such as the burbling of a stream or the laughter of baby chipmunks.
The still body of water reflects the sun as playful rays dance across its tranquil surface. But in the next instant, a person leaps from the water and soars into the air, hovering just above the expanse. With both feet strapped into a personal, jet-propelled watercraft, the flyboarder soars effortlessly between sea and air with controlled maneuvers or while doing backflips like a human-shaped tuna. Though it looks like magic, the experts at Flyboard North Florida assure newcomers that it takes only 10 minutes to get the hang of flyboarding before venturing out for half or whole hours at a time. The full experience gives participants the feeling of flying without having to venture far from the water's surface.
Freedom Boat Club first set sail in 1989 from a single site in Sarasota, Florida, and today, has grown to 60 locations throughout the United States. A simple alternative to boat ownership, the club grants its members access to a large fleet of vessels while eliminating boating's many hassles, such as cleaning, storage, and purchasing the naming rights to S.S. Minnow. At each club location, members have fully fueled deck boats, fishing boats, pontoons, and cruisers at their disposal, which they may utilize for any number of adventures. They can simply cruise around local waters, coast to entertainment destinations, or plan snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing trips with groups of friends.
The wind picks up over the St. Johns River, catching the sails of Cap'n Don Stokes's fleet of boats and propelling the vessels along the coastline, where sailing instructors point out ospreys perched in the trees as the sea stretches into the distance.
This natural revelry is thanks to The Sailboat Club, whose crew frees members from the responsibilities of boat ownership—such as maintenance, insurance, and renting slips—and grants unlimited sailing on a fleet of sailboats. Additionally, as an accredited training facility of the American Sailing Association, the club encompasses a team of instructors who teach lessons for all levels of sailors, ranging from those who just noticed wind to experienced sailors seeking a captain's license.
If you’re looking for a simple, car-free way to enjoy the sights and sounds of Jacksonville’s best neighborhoods, consider E2ride Bike Tours. With locations throughout the city, including this Mandarin neighborhood outpost, the guided 12-mile tours not only offer context to the history of Jacksonville, they provide a bit of exercise and camaraderie with fellow riders. The best part about this neighborhood tour is the view; majestic oaks, magnolia trees, and orange groves line the streets, which were hotbeds of citrus growth and cotton exports in the 1800s. Nestled along the St. Johns River, Harriet Beecher Stowe wintered here and much of the history is shared on the bike tour by charming staff. The hybrid bikes used by E2ride Bike Tours blend the characteristics of both a road and more comfortable mountain bike, and tour guides dish out snacks, water and helmets to keep riders safe and energized.
A fire truck full of high-spirited children may sound like a field trip gone awry, but Celebration Party Rental sets this scene safely for youngsters jump and play in truck-shaped bounce houses. The party-supply company’s array of inflatables extends to designs that resemble a princess’s castle or come adorned with stills from Pixar’s Cars. The spray of a hose converts its various inflatable slides into waterslides. To complement these instant-carnival scenes, the business supplies popcorn poppers and other concessions equipment.