Isabella Samovsky fell in love with a salt lamp. Well, not just the lamp, but also the salt-assisted healing it provided. Her love for the salt lamp and its alternative approach to maintaining health inspired her to create Solay Wellness, a center that offers salt-based products and treatments. The Himalayan salt at Solay is harvested from ancient, mineral-rich seabeds, and can be found in hundreds of fair-trade and organic health, beauty, gourmet, pets, and lifestyle products including salt inhalers, natural rubber yoga maps, and soy candles. Solay Wellness also offers an extensive range of fair trade Himalayan salt crystal lamps with UL dimmer cords, which can be shaped like bowls, pyramids, globes, or salt shakers.
At the center’s private salt room, guests can meditate on lounge chairs as they breathe in the salt’s negative ions, which can help to reenergize the body, purify the skin, reduce stress, and alleviate allergy and asthma symptoms. Guests can also take up Tibetan singing-bowl sessions in rooms lined with ancient Himalayan salt blocks. Tiles and loose salt are also on hand to help stimulate pressure points in feet and give children a place to play. In addition to salt-based treatments, the center also offers reflexology and massage.
After spending a few years in the fitness industry at a large health club, Tony Barbanente realized he wanted more. His vision was to lose the retail-store vibe that plagued big gyms, and to instead curate a comfortable atmosphere to encourage members and trainers to focus on just one thing—fitness.
His family-owned fitness facility offers members 8,000 square feet of pristinely maintained equipment. Rows of ellipticals, stationary bikes, and treadmills help guests ramp up their endurance in preparation for competitive races or chasing cars, and strength machines and free weights, including kettlebells, bolster muscles.
In addition to the choose-your-own-workout route, V-Tone's class schedule includes indoor cycling and 20-minute Buns 'n' Gunz workouts to sculpt glutes and upper bodies. For those seeking individualized attention, trainers customize personal-training sessions to each trainee, seeking to improve their lives through better health and fitness.
Bloom is a welcoming community for Yoga & Massage for all ages and stages in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood. We offer daily hatha yoga classes on a drop-in basis, and we specialize in working with beginners. We also offer massage, a variety of workshops and events, as well as store with books, clothing & yoga props.
Boasting more than 1,000 square feet of hardwood floor space, Imagine opens its studio doors to all levels of yoga practitioners. Within a cleanly styled sanctuary, a team of seven instructors focuses on teaching Vinyasa-flow yoga, incorporating essential breath-synchronized movement into each 60- or 90-minute class. The schedule features 20-plus sessions per week, each welcoming all participants regardless of previous yoga training. Gain flexibility and strengthen cores during a 7:30 a.m. session, and roll your body into a donut instead of eating one, or bask in natural light flooding into the westward windows at a 6:30 p.m. stretching retreat. Bring your calming clothes straight from work and use Imagine's changing-room area or store belongings in the studio's cubbyholes, which have plenty of room for shoes and less for actual bears.
Bikram yoga consists of 26 poses and two breathing exercises that center, strengthen, and lengthen every muscle with the muscle-melting powers of a 100-plus-degree room. The trained instructors at this Andersonville studio, including owner Jessica Rask, are ready and willing to guide both newcomers as stiff as stale graham crackers and yoga veterans as malleable as a handful of Gak through the exercise routine. Be prepared to sweat profusely, dumping both calories and toxins in the process. As the high temperatures seep into your muscles and ligaments, you'll warm like candle wax in a car engine, stretching and flexing accordingly. Afterward, you'll leave focused, with a cleansed, centered, and worry-free glow. A flexible schedule makes taking numerous classes achievable for busy bees, swamped swans, and Brian Dennehy alike.
"Life takes life out of you. Yoga puts it back." Amy Treciokas, founder of Yoga Now, lives by these words. In high school, Treciokas—already a fledgling yoga practitioner—was drawn to the savasana relaxation pose because it "was a great time for a nap." After being reintroduced to yoga as an adult, she truly fell in love. A consuming passion for the energizing and stress-relieving practice of yoga led her to spend three years in India to learn at the feet of yogis in Mysore, an intensive period of study that helped her to obtain authorization to teach Ashtanga yoga. Not long after she was authorized, Treciokas founded Yoga Now.
Yoga Now's studio evidences a commitment to sustainable-living practices, including bamboo flooring, eco-friendly insulation, and energy-efficient lighting powered by giant hamster wheels. Students practice yoga on rubber mats and sustainable cork blocks, or they relax their muscles by lounging in the complimentary sauna and steam room or indulging in one of nine massage modalities that are available seven days a week. An extensive team of teachers and healers helps to fill out a class schedule that spans from early morning to night.
The masterful instructors at Keller’s Martial Arts nurture self-confidence and enhanced physical fitness in a variety of focused disciplines. Each of the instructors operates under the philosophy that learning a martial art heightens physical strength and endurance by burning calories and strengthening muscles, and bulwarks emotional fortitude by instilling a sense of achievement and self-mastery. The resulting inner peace nurtures continued learning and, like the ripples in a pool after an elephant's cannonball dive, ramifies to other areas of life. Commitment-free classes welcome newcomers to sample the discipline of their choice, such as MMA, or kickboxing.