If Barre Bliss looks familiar, it?s because its unique take on barre workouts was featured on CBS Minnesota WCCO. In real life, as on television, instructors led by owner Mia Jenneman?recently featured in HERLIFE magazine? and co-owner Shad Holland introduce each student to a warm, inviting, and challenging experience in their specially formulated version of barre fitness. Drawing upon Mia's experience as a classically trained dancer and yoga practitioner and inspired by STOTT Pilates techniques, the custom workout system promotes torso control and a strong abdominal wall while imparting meditative form and position fundamentals. The result is an intense session that activates tiny muscles as well as full muscle chains, resulting in a full-body workout that both sculpts frames and sheds pounds. Designed with beginners in mind, the system also imparts knowledge of the graceful movements and fluid transitions of dances throughout the ages and caters to students of all shapes and sizes.
Author and Juut SalonSpa owner David Wagner channels a childhood spent watching nature’s beauty into his Aveda salon’s eight locations. The studio stylists and other staff members, many of whom benefit from the company’s extensive training program, perform services beneath shelves laden with Aveda products. The botanically sourced elixirs repair and sculpt hair naturally without subjecting it to other products’ unpleasant chemicals or a robot hairdresser’s endless questions about love.
At Premier Life Massage, the team members are not interested in temporary fixes when it comes to their patients’ health. Through their treatments, they strive to relieve pain with long-term holistic solutions, whether they are realigning the spine with chiropractic adjustments, kneading muscles with various massage styles, or facilitating systemic well-being with nutrition programs. Massages can be tailored based on an initial 10-minute, one-on-one consultation with a doctor. Patients can also work with Dr. Lance Stromberg, D.C., who may recommend x-rays and a posture assessment to improve on their next massage–techniques much less insulting than asking the patient if he or she has ever starred in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Inside My Time Massage’s private treatment rooms, the dexterous hands of a skilled therapist unravel tension and ease achy musculature with nine different massage modalities, each targeted to specific ailments. Prenatal massage, for example, helps relieve joint pain and reduces swelling in the arms and legs, and myofascial-release techniques loosen overly taut facia—the tissues surrounding muscles and organs—with gentle stretching and compressions. Before starting any treatment, therapists perform a consultation and read each client’s internal instruction manual to determine the most beneficial massage techniques.
Signature Service: Recreational Oxygen and Aromatherapy Bar
Brands Used: Stacker Vitamin Drinks, Powerade, Dasani Water
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Let yourself relax and breathe. You will feel your stress and the winter blues slip away.
Oxynate Oxygen Bar's owner Julie Sabby describes her business as a recreational oxygen and aromatherapy bar—she also sometimes calls the signature oxygen service a 20-minute vacation. Julie invites guests to sit back in a shiatsu massage chair, while inhaling energizing oxygen and tantalizing aromas. She says customers enjoy the experience so much, they sometimes tell her they'd like to stay forever. Such reactions don't surprise Julie, given the benefits she attributes to her services. "Oxygen is good for alleviating headaches, hangovers, stress, mental fatigue, and body aches," she says, not even acknowledging the fact that it helped her say that sentence.
One look at their pictures is evidence enough that the staff members at Mind and Bodyworks are not typical. The friendly clinicians, who smile with loved ones and play air guitar with fake skeletons in their portraits, have an atypical approach not only to the overall mood of their practice but to healthcare itself.
Their aim to infuse their treatments?which include functional medicine, kinesiology, acupuncture, and massage?with a dose of fun. Like an advent calendar full of vegetables, these services are designed to not only contribute to current health but keep patients healthy in the future. Holistically minded and dedicated to healthy lifestyles, the staff work one-on-one with patients to tailor treatments to their needs, whether that means teaching them how to avoid injuries while playing sports or how to lower cholesterol through diet. Mind and Bodyworks is also patients' go-to for cosmetic services, such as shedding a few extra pounds with the help of the FDA-approved Zerona cold laser.