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 Elements applies restorative touch to tension-laden muscles and joints, relieving stress and increasing circulation with a variety of massage services. Weary muscles receive gentle kneading and circular movements in the sigh-inducing Swedish massage, and a deep-tissue massage evicts entrenched aches using slower strokes, a strongly worded letter, and forceful pressure from the licensed massage therapist’s fingers and elbows. Heated lava stones bring soothing bliss to lattisimi dorsi, and prenatal massage therapy addresses the pain and swelling accompanying pregnancy. Aromatherapy combines Swedish elements with essential oils but eschews nonessential bugle playing. The Elements also administers medical and sports-related massages to sufferers of chronic pain and athletes, respectively.
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.
Bailey's Powerhouse Gym Basic Plus members can sweat solo on modern, well-maintained exercise equipment accessible 24 hours a day, or join others for a one-on-one training and group fitness classes. A one-hour personal-training session with one of Bailey's trained fitness gurus can bolster motivation, help design a workout routine, or refresh your memory about hard-to-remember state capitals. Then, pump muscle with exercise accessories available 24 hours a day at every Bailey's gym, including a smorgasbord of cardiovascular equipment, a plethora of strength-training machines and free weights, and a boatload of synonyms for the word many. Other amenities vary from gym to gym, but may include boxing rooms, saunas, or cardio theater rooms stuffed with big-screen TVs and surround-sound speakers designed to distract exercisers from their toil or the fact that their hair is on fire.