Le Studio Salon De Beaute merges European-inspired salon care with welcoming Arizona hospitality. This blending of cultures can be attributed to the owners, French designer Laurent and his American wife, Sue. Along with their team of stylists and other beauty specialists, they pamper guests with nail care treatments, as well as spray tans and makeovers. Hair care services range from quick styles to brazilian blowouts, and updos for special events such as weddings or Flat Earthy Society mixers.
Teams never know what's waiting around the next street corner during the Mesa Adventure Challenge. Group obstacles, human pyramids, or even a ride on a Big Wheel might stand in the way of completing the race's various checkpoints, and team members should be prepared to crack some Morse code, collect scavenger-hunt-style items, or answer local trivia.
Mesa Adventure Challenge sprinkles tasks like these across a 5- to 7-mile route. Along the way, competitors can travel via public transportation?though no taxis or cars are allowed?and the event organizers encourage them to seek out other forms of help. Participants can ask strangers for assistance, use smart phones, and even call friends, who are hopefully having lunch with the town oracle. The challenges can take anywhere from 1.5 to 4 hours to complete, but all of the work pays off at the after-party, complete with an award ceremony.
Floating Lotus Yoga Studio & Natural Healing Center rests atop 1,500 square feet of maple flooring. On this foundation, its instructors help students loosen limbs and center their thoughts with classes that include yin, flow, prenatal, mixed-level, and other routines. Kids’ yoga welcomes students aged 4–10, combining yogic practice with games and breathing exercises to improve motor skills, self-esteem, and recess grades.
But yoga and complimentary mats aren't all Floating Lotus has to offer. The studio's roof also shelters acupuncture and chiropractic chambers, and that maple-wood floor transforms into a Zumba dance floor in the evenings. There's a massage therapist, too, and she can shoot various kinds of therapy out of her fingers—deep tissue, lymphatic, reflexology, and Thai, among others.
Jerry Kontos is a massage therapist, athletic trainer, has an MS in exercise sciences, and is a NASM-certified correctional exercise specialist. He uses his diverse background to devise customized bodywork treatment plans that address pain and tension throughout the musculoskeletal system. Some of his most practiced techniques include deep-tissue massage and focused trigger-point therapy. Both techniques may cause initial discomfort, but only because chronic soreness and stubborn knots sometimes require extra coaxing or a formal eviction notice to finally go away. During repetitive use injury therapy (RUIT) sessions, Jerry combines massage and stretching techniques to relieve muscles aching from overuse.
The client truly is the boss at It’s All About You. After her guests arrive at the studio, massage therapist Michele allows them to dictate which modality they prefer, which areas to focus on, and which areas to avoid. Once this has been determined and sealed with an aromatherapy-oiled handshake, Michele begins her work. A member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals group, she maintains a client-centric practice in more ways than one by basing her pricing on the massage’s duration as opposed to its type. During this time, clients are encouraged to keep an open dialogue so Michele can fully customize the treatment and deliver benefits such as decreased anxiety and enhanced sleep quality.
For Cimarron Anderson, helping to de-stress professional athletes, expectant moms, and college students is all part of a days' work. The massage therapist harnesses her experience working in high-end spas, athletic departments, and corporate wellness programs to slay tension and silence back-talking muscles through massage modalities including Swedish, deep tissue, aromatherapy, and shiatsu. And her knowledge stretches beyond massage, as well. She uses her mentorship with a naturopathic doctor to incorporate herbs and nutritional supplements into her clients' wellness routines. Yet, no matter the treatment, Cimarron focuses on providing clients with tangible results that last, unlike a water-soluble goblet.