The aspiring beauticians at North Florida Academy pamper hair, skin, and nails while instructors with more than 20 years of experience in the field mentor from nearby. To prepare students for careers after course completion, North Florida Academy models itself after traditional salons, stocking its shelves with professional products such as Image, Redken, Chi, and Paul Mitchell, and requiring that all who enter sport powdered wigs. The same aesthetic equipment employed by med spas whirs and buffs skin within the relaxing treatment rooms, replete with dim lighting and light music, and warm wax deftly whisks away unwanted hair.
At The Little Gym, Kids Soar! For over 30 years, our professionally developed, non-competitive programs have been building motor skills in a fun and nurturing environment while fostering enhanced emotional, intellectual and social skills. The Little Gym® helps kids build confidence - enhancing every aspect of their lives
GREEN LOTUS STUDIOS' professorial artisans are soap makers, herbalists, and aromatherapists who teach classes in their fields of expertise. Acolytes can expect to craft soaps and lotions with wild-harvested ingredients, make their own kombucha or cheese, or whip up flu-battling herbal stews. With an average class size of six, students enjoy plenty of student-teacher interaction. Workshops emphasize hands-on instruction to empower students to craft their own serums, rather than wait on instructors or outsource to unemployed Rube Goldberg machines.
Before he became a certified personal trainer in 2008, Daniel Cone served in the US Army for two years in an infantry division that specializes in parachute operations. Today, he uses his military training to lead boot-camp classes and personal-fitness programs at Xtreme Fitness. The indoor and outdoor boot-camp classes incorporate weight training and a range of exercises such as lunges, jumping jacks, and shoulder dips. Daniel or another certified instructor performs individual body adjustments throughout the class and modifies exercises in order to accommodate all fitness levels. Xtreme Fitness enhances personal-fitness programs with cross training, fitness evaluations, and nutrition and lifestyle coaching. For a more relaxing workout, clients can take a morning yoga class or do pushups during a bubble bath.
Asbury Arts Center owner Jeanne Glogowski taps experience on both sides of the curtain—boasting bachelor's and master's degrees in dance—to oversee an eclectic array of dance classes for children and adults of all experience levels. Instructors gather budding dancers, fitness-minded patrons, and experienced shimmiers in practice rooms lined with mirrors to ensure both students and teachers can keep an eye out for proper form during dance, yoga, and martial-arts classes. Hammier classes include lessons in performing arts and music, giving patrons the opportunity to test their performing chops under the same level of personalized attention they enjoy in the studio’s fitness classes and during IRS audits.
The licensed massage therapists at The Elements unify the body’s warring chemicals with muscle-soothing lotions and one of seven specialized modalities. Swedish massages whisk away general aches with a flurry of flowing strokes, and deep-tissue techniques ambush chronic stresses with a therapeutic tag-team of fingers and elbows. Shoulders stiff from being tackled or doused with ice-cold sports drinks sprint down the road to recovery after a combination sports massage. Regardless of the modality, the many benefits of massage include increased circulation, reduced cramping, and more flexibility for crowded bus or clown-car commutes.