Many are familiar with the saying "Love what you do and do what you love," but few actually live it. When Missy Steed discovered massage therapy, she finally found the thing that made her truly happy: making others happy. A graduate of the Dayton School of Medical Massage, Missy is well versed in most of the classic treatments, including relaxation, deep-tissue, and cold-stone massage. Additionally, she is also a certified infant massage instructor who leads classes that teach parents how to pamper their little ones at home. These classes, and the subsequent treatments lavished upon the lucky kids, can have numerous benefits. They promote bonding between parents and children and also relax infants after a long day of refusing to eat or arguing with the cat about whose tiny sweater is cuter.
Inside Prodigy Training Center's state-of-the-art facility, rows of weight-training equipment and a turf training area form the venue for all manners of pulse-pounding workouts. Here, seasoned fitness coaches push their students to the limit as they help them shed pounds and build overall strength and endurance. In addition, the studio conditions minds and muscles during several self-defense classes, including Krav Maga, jujitsu, mixed martial arts, and wrestling.
Fitness 19's founders launched their first family-oriented gyms in 2003, hoping to splash the exercising experience with local flavor and familiarity. Life Fitness cardio machines—including treadmills and ellipticals—unite with strength-training machines and free weights to help members to build leaner physiques as certified personal trainers patrol the deep-red-carpeted workout area. The expert staff can also guide clients through yoga, martial arts, and weight-loss-centric personal-training sessions. Every location also hosts a kids' room, where youngsters can craft macaroni kettlebells under the supervision of a full-time staff member.
People mainly emulate bats when they dress up for Halloween, but students at Anahata Yoga Center imitate the flying mammals year-round. During the center's Bat aerial yoga classes, yogis hang upside down from seven hammocks, decompressing their spines and tapping into hard-to-access core strength as warm temperatures allow for maximum flexibility. Basic Bat aerial yoga classes are suitable for beginners, while intermediate and advanced Bat aerial yoga sessions see experienced students spending more time suspended in their hammocks and less time hibernating.
Built from recycled materials and sustainable cork flooring, the eco-friendly studio complements its aerial yoga courses with more traditional sessions. Slow Vinyasa-flow instruction builds strength with long holds, while Ashtanga flow centers on syncing postures with breathing in a room warmed to 85 degrees. The center also hosts family yoga sessions for both parents and kids, perfect for clans looking to bond through exercise.
No one knows the healing power of yoga therapy as intimately as Sheri Glackin who, after living with chronic back pain caused by four herniated discs, was able to heal herself with yoga therapy in a few months. She knew immediately that she wanted to teach others how to heal without invasive surgeries or body swaps, and she became certified as a yoga therapist and Reiki practitioner.
Today, her yoga-therapy sessions help ailing clients repair their bodies through hands-on yoga postures, breathing techniques, and meditation. Yoga therapy is more like physical therapy than traditional yoga, and it is tailored to treat chronic pain and stress with specific movements. Sheri also balances energy with relaxing Reiki sessions.
Pedals spin furiously at Gunz Fitness as Mad Dogg–certified instructors lead variations on spinning routines. They incorporate weightlifting and yoga into cycling classes that can accelerate metabolism, build lean muscle, and strengthen lungs so much that they can breathe normally when submerged in pudding. With personalized tips for every guest, the teachers ensure that everyone moves at a comfortable pace.