Clementine, the licensed massage therapist and holistic health guru at Shine Transformational Healing, seeks out hidden tension pockets throughout the body using a unique method of massage integration. During the therapeutic massage, Clementine tailors each session with techniques culled from shiatsu, myofascial release, reiki, and more to untie knotted muscles and Windsor knots, resulting in a deep sense of relaxation. Prenatal massage brings relief to expectant mothers by reducing stress on weight-bearing joints and increasing the skin and underlying tissue’s pliability, and may also ease labor pain. Receiving regular massages not only relaxes muscles and relieves joint pain, but can also increase muscular flexibility, keeping bodies limber for energetic bouts of thumb war.
Karen Nicholas knows firsthand the struggle of trying to fit fitness into a daily routine. In fact, her own personal-training certification was delayed by a new development in her personal life—pregnancy, to be exact. Now a busy mom, the namesake of Karen Nicholas Personal Training LLC helps other busy clients keep in shape with flexible exercise options. Whether she fits in a personal-training session before your morning meeting or invites you to bring baby along to Stride and Ride stroller fitness class, Karen never fails to accommodate any schedule.
At the helm of CrossFit Lawrence is owner Thomas Thatcher. Certified in everything from CrossFit to USA Weightlifting and CPR, he also relies on his experience as a black belt to lead CrossFit classes that are equally eclectic. During those classes, Thatcher and his team of certified instructors guide participants through daily workouts that incorporate varied, functional movements. They get participants flipping giant tractor tires, lifting weights, and throwing medicine balls, all of which use everyday movements and work every muscle group. Their encouraging shouts rattle the walls of the brand-new 6,000-square-foot facility, which brims with a massive bouldering wall and $30,000 worth of CrossFit gear.
Nestled inside a repurposed 1927 cottage, the arts-and-crafters of Sunfire Ceramics guide paint-spattered guests through embellishing personalized pottery or creating fused-glass art. In the open studio, guests can peruse the monochromatic selection of microwave- and dishwasher-safe paintable pottery ($6–$12 on average) before adorning a plate or decorative frame with more than 50 bright underglazes. Stencils, stamps, sponges, and paintbrush-wielding woodland creatures assist guests in realizing their artistic visions. Fused glass projects lie in wait to become translucent masterpieces: dichroic metallic glass transforms into pendants ($10–$12), sun catchers ($12), or the world’s most dangerous windshield as the amicable staff offers sage advice before spiriting the art pieces away for firing.
At Caring Family Preventive Dentistry, Lan Gegenheimer, DMD, and her team of pearly professionals employ 20 years of experience in the dental industry to help maintain patients' oral health in a small, intimate practice that prizes attentive customer care. During the cleaning, fang furbishers oust plaque, tartar, and schools of gummy fish before polishing away lingering stains. A set of x-rays reveals vital information about oral health that may not be visible to the naked eye. Dr. Gegenheimer evaluates the x-rays during a thorough examination, in which she checks the mouth for signs of tooth decay or gum disease and quizzes wisdom teeth about the philosophical postulates of Immanuel Kant.
A 300-square-foot bouldering wall rises to the ceiling the middle of the gym, giving The Summit both its name and one of its most challenging exercises. Around it stand rows of glittering Precor cardio machines, each with a built-in 15-inch LCD television capable of tuning to dozens of channels. Stationary rowing machines emulate the resistance of real water to provide a full-body workout, and full scale boxing gym. After a workout, members can retire to one of two infrared saunas to relax, chat, or literally let off some steam. An on-site shop allows guests to purchase goods such as boxing gloves, supplements, and snacks.