Spa Moksha's staffers blend the benefits of medical care and spa treatments to create their method of mind-body medicine. They base it on scientific knowledge garnered by a cohort of doctors that includes Dr. Deepak Chopra. On one side of the coin, The Foundation for Mind-Body Medicine specializes in health services provided by experts in modern and integrated medicine. Based on each individual’s body chemistry, the experts design a personal treatment plan that can address maladies ranging from stress and chronic pain to diabetes, allergies, and cardiovascular disease.
On the other side of this coin resides not Abe Lincoln, Ben Franklin, or the guy who makes more money than anyone—the machinist at the US Mint—but the spa portion of Spa Moksha, which approaches wellness with medical and nonmedical spa treatments. The expert technicians employ practices that range from Ayurvedic therapy and nutrition consultations to facials, skincare, mani-pedis, and hair removal via lasers or waxing. The spa staff can also eschew the typical clinical atmosphere to treat clients with massages on the rooftop gazebo, a private space that allows patients to enjoy a relaxing massage amid the warmth of the sun and the kiss of cool breezes.
Amid the buzz of whirring cardio machines, Next Total Fitness's three facilities bustle with fitness classes and personal training sessions. The weight room brims with equipment such TV-equipped elliptical machines, bikes, and stair-climbers from brands such as Hammer Strength, Life Fitness, and Star Trac. The facility also boasts an indoor track, indoor and outdoor pools, basketball courts, and studios where certified instructors helm group fitness and yoga classes.
Otherwise, expert coaches lead group boxing and weight training sessions, and personal trainers build custom workout regimens to accommodate each individual's own unique physical health and fitness abilities. Trainers also advise clients on nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices. Meanwhile, childcare professionals keep a careful watch over offspring as parents spend their time exercising or secretly flexing in the changing room mirrors.
Birmingham Flight Center’s skilled instructors equip pupils with aeronautical know-how through classroom, flight-simulator, and in-the-air training. Students blast off into the pixeled yonder in Redbird FMX simulators—equipped with 200-degree wraparound views, full-motion capabilities, and digital parachutes in case of lost dogfights—or pilot the center’s top-notch, genuine fleet. Offering levels of instruction from Learn to Fly private pilot-certification courses to FAR Part 141 expedited commercial training, the flight center prepares the pilots of tomorrow while maintaining its founders’ legacy of aeronautical excellence, which stretches back more than 70 years.
The Pink House's stimulating Kindermusik playdates, designed for infants to 5-year-olds, give pint-sized Puccinis a chance to tap into their innate musicality while strengthening intellectual, emotional, and social development. The 45-minute class delves into instrument exploration, helping your youngster discover beats, rhythms, and sounds from storied musical appliances, then hops on the larynx train for vocal play, teaching babbling babies and toddling opera singers how to form words and replicate the inflections of melodic windstorms. Settle into story time while building on language skills, then bop, twirl, and form a toddler jam band during movement activities. Round out your three-quarter hour with some together time, harmoniously bonding with your tuneful descendant over newly acquired music skills and your shared love of experimental German pop-polka, then bid adieu with a 10 song CD or memory card and an instrument in tow. The PJ party time playdates give parents the chance to have a romantic child-free dinner from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., while children are entertained with one hour of music and storytime, followed by one hour of supervised play and crafts. Grouponers may buy multiples of either option as gifts, or for their own children to keep them ahead of the musical curve. An excellent way to introduce your child to the world of chords and harmonics, the playdate is also ideal for busy parents or overprogrammed robot nannies who are searching for a unique meet-and-greet between their young one and the art realm.
Drake Fitness's staff of expert muscle molders enhance client fitness through a medley of invigorating, sweat-inducing group classes. Cadets can begin to train for a career in contortionism in the Stretch & Flex class, a yoga- and pilates-based regimen designed to increase flexibility and core strength. Foundations Bootcamp classes squire sweaty participants in proper push-up, squat, and nostril-flare techniques to prepare for the more challenging DrakeFit Bootcamp coursework—a body-honing blend of cardiovascular exercise and weight training. The encouraging group classes run for 45–60 minutes and present a path to increased energy, improved physical appearance, and an abundant harvest of self-confidence. Kids summer conditioning camp or sports speed program also offer kids the chance to exercise on a regular basis.
Alabama-born Cynthia Massey Parsons, who will be featured in the 32nd anniversary edition of Who’s Who in American Art, has built her artistic reputation on works in watercolor, acrylic, and graphite. During Paint-A-Long sessions, she leads budding artists through the brushwork of a single painting, helping students pick up sound technique without worrying about inventing a subject or baiting a muse. Her original designs range from modified classics—such as the sky in Van Gogh’s Starry Night transposed over a local skyline—to classic floral still lifes.