While working toward becoming certified yoga teachers, massage therapists, and personal fitness trainers, the students of Lexington Healing Arts Academy complete hundreds of hours of hands-on training. They put their fresh knowledge into action, leading classes and working with clients to promote natural healing and wellness.
In addition, the center is home to certified instructors who lead a variety of classes on body alignment, pose execution, and proper breathing as well as general fitness. There's Rebecca Hannifan, for example, an instructor who brings elements of mambo and salsa to Shake, Shimmy, Sweat classes. Fitness and yoga sessions also include Yoga Foundations, which helps to establish a basic knowledge of yoga while improving general well-being, as well as Happy & Healthy Backs, which gently builds strength and flexibility to support spines. Some of the center's classes are quite inventive as well; there's Piloxing, for starters, which adds elements of Pilates to cardio kickboxing.
Roy Johnson was working on his yoga certification when he discovered Thai massage—sometimes called "lazy man's yoga" for the way practitioners stretch and manipulate their clients' limbs. Intrigued, he sought out classes in the style, then went to Thailand to meet other practitioners. Today, Thai massage is just one modality he employs at Lion and Dragon Yoga Bodyworks, which he and his wife, Brenda, strive to make a one-stop shop for bodywork services. In a tranquil, unrushed atmosphere, the pair targets tension through mindful massages, employing various tools such as Hot Stone, Essential Oils and Heated Thai Herbal Bundles. Reflexology treatments target pressure points on the feet to benefit the whole body.
A tranquil blue hue blankets the walls inside Malama Massage Center. In private rooms, massage therapists dispense Swedish and deep-tissue massages for individuals, couples, or singing quartets. The therapists also take care of the UK football, track and field, and men?s basketball teams.
Jacob Scott, founder of Body Kneads Massage Studios, employs individualized healing methods to help shoo away pain and everyday stress. The Swedish massage, a light- to medium-pressured approach, uses long, connective strokes and kneading to improve blood flow, stimulate the lymphatic system, relieve physical tension, and melt stress into a puddle of biodegradable papier-mâché. Clients may also opt for other treatments, such as a deep-tissue or sports massage, to treat deep-seated aches brought on by fastballs or nightmares about fastballs.
Though they have more than 30 years of combined aesthetic experience, the staff at Euphoria Salon & Spa refuse to let their fashion sense grow stagnant. Instead, they attend continuing education efforts in order to stay abreast of new styles. Modern technologies and trends then affect their conduct in the salon, where they trim, color, and texturize hair with products from Alfaparf and Pureology. In the spa section, they exfoliate pores with a chocolate sugar scrub—an even sweeter combination of skincare and dessert than an oatmeal cookie bath. Their facials target ailments from signs of aging to acne, and cosmetic consultations call on makeup from glominerals to prep complexions for glamorous events. Massages, waxing treatments, and mani-pedis round out the menu.
From a young age Koichiro Nakanishi was a sort of de facto massage therapist. He learned the craft from his grandmother and preferred giving, rather than receiving them, which meant family, friends, and track and field teammates turned to him when they suffered aches and pains.
Since then Koichiro has racked up more than 1,500 hours of official massage training. He studied in his native Japan and continued his training upon moving to the U.S. Today, he works out of Stream Point Massage, where he administering a proprietary approach that blends Shiatsu, trigger-point therapy, and stretching techniques, all while clients remain in their clothes. This specialized massage was designed to work out kinks from the body, loosen the muscles, and make clients feel as worry free as snowman in Antarctica.