After years traveling the globe and working in the fitness industry, Stephen and Antonia Anderson wanted to design a fitness facility that was as beautiful as it was functional. The duo eventually realized this dream, opening The Body Architect within a lofty building with wooden beams, exposed brick walls, and wall-to-wall windows that proffer spectacular views of Portland and Mount Washington. In front of these windows, rows of professional Precor and Cybex machines bustle amid the clang of strength and TRX suspension training equipment. Meanwhile, up on the roof deck, certified instructors conduct a variety of fitness classes beneath the sun, including boot camps, yoga, and personal-training sessions. Additionally, an onsite massage therapist stands by to help untangle muscles or knotted gym socks before or after members unwind in serene spa-inspired showers.
At Tiny’s Castle Day Spa, zebra-print chairs turn into miniature thrones as young girls become princesses for the day with spa packages or private parties. The Enchanted Closet package lets girls pick their choice of gown to complete their royal look after being pampered with spa manicures, queenly hairdos, and a modest touch of makeup. Alternatively, with Royal Tea Time, guests of all ages can flaunt newly manicured fingers as they sip on tea, nibble cupcakes or cookies, and shoo away adoring subjects. To enhance outings, guests can add fun touches such as goody bags, a punch fountain, a cupcake tree, or visits from Cinderella or Snow White. Children and adults can also indulge with items from an à la carte menu, such as spa manicures and pedicures and all-natural cleansing facials.
Tiny’s Castle Day Spa's staff can ready kids and adults for weddings, proms, father daughter dances, or any other occasion. They also lend their services to holiday gatherings, birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, showers, and other special events.
High above the Atlantic’s lapping waves, helmeted figures scale vertical rock walls. Undaunted, they surmount challenging obstacles and overhangs, building anchors and belaying while learning technical skills from a beginning level. They feel safe with the knowledge that they’re being overseen by American Mountain Guide Association or Professional Climbing Instructors Association-accredited climbers. Director Jon Tierney––who also boasts an international guiding license from the IFMGA––leads Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School’s faculty of experienced guides as they usher first-time and experienced explorers up majestic rock faces, snow-covered cliffs, and frozen waterfalls. Company guides frequently showcase their comfort in varied terrain as well, having applied their climbing skills on film sets to set up safety rigging for Shutter Island.
Guides provide mentorship during multi-day mountaineering trips to distant mountains, and lead day trips to share pivotal climbing skills that help students scale a range of icy and rocky conditions. In an array of advanced or basic classes, they instruct pupils on principles of anchoring, top roping, belaying, and sport or lead climbing—imbuing them with the skills to scale mountainsides or be the first to reach the top of a wedding cake. Instructors also teach students mid-climb rescues, such as how to deal with medical issues and make improvised ascents, or metamorphosize into an instructor.
When registered yoga teacher Carissa Ciuca discovered the ancient art, she was searching for a physical activity that would free her from the restraints of her daily routine. She found that the mental and spiritual breakthroughs it inspired were what truly liberated her and helped to center her life. After training under Seane Corn—an internationally celebrated yoga teacher—among others, she realized her dream of opening her own yoga studio, then closing it once in a while so she could go home and sleep. Now, Carissa and her large, highly trained team of registered instructors strive to create a sanctuary where students of all abilities can achieve individual growth, celebrate community, and foster self-awareness.
The staff helps students unite mind, body, and spirit through the flows and postures of Vinyasa, gentle yin, and postnatal classes. They created this curriculum to help students let yoga’s lessons stir change in their current lives and not in their past, for which time travel yoga is notorious. When they are not immersed in their own practice, these motivating instructors empower students to reshape their lives with a comprehensive teacher certification program, which emphasizes the Vinyasa style.
At Lifestyle Fitness Center, the professional fitness team fosters svelter silhouettes and stronger bodies in a 20,000-square-foot facility brimming with Nautilus, Life Fitness, and Cybex exercise equipment. More than 80 cardio machines test every sinew and bifurcated hoof while the fleet of treadmills lights up glistening faces with personal 15-inch LCD TVs attached to each machine. Enthusiastic instructors lead dancercizers in cardio-intensive Zumba classes, help yogis of all levels twist torsos during yoga classes, and motivate students through an array of aerobics classes designed to roast calories. Exercisers can also enter the 2,500-square-foot cardio theater room for stationary cycling amid audio and video stimulation or recharge with free wireless Internet at the juice bar. The adult-supervised childcare room, with toys and beanbag chairs, allows parents to focus on their workout or to finally get some alone time with the Legos.
Today's Groupon prettifies any part—big or small, tall or short, blond or brunette, square or circle—at Element Day Spa, an Aveda salon and spa in Charlestown. You get $125 worth of any service, salon or spa, for $50. Element offers seven different types of massages (a Swedish is $85 for an hour), six different facials (the classic Aveda facial is $50 for 30 minutes), waxing (a Brazilian is $65), manicures ($25), haircuts ($45 to $65), hair color ($65+), and more.