The staff of yoga instructors and belly dancers at The Yoga Nest helps clients get in shape with a varied curriculum of fitness classes. Unique exercise sessions include barre classes—which combine Pilates, ballet, and yoga—as well as aerial yoga lessons, in which participants flex into traditional yoga poses while enmeshed in fabric hanging from the ceiling.
The massage therapists at Milestone Massage & Spa welcome any curiosity about their profession, and go to great lengths to answer clients’ questions and put everyone at ease before 30- to 90-minute massage services. A consultation determines which techniques will best address clients’ specific needs, including chronic pain and sports-related soreness. The stable of therapists is well-versed in more than a dozen massage modalities, including Swedish, characterized by flowing strokes, hot stone, characterized by heated rocks, and aromatherapy, characterized by the soothing scent of french fries. The sessions, long or short, can yield a bevy of benefits that range from decreased anxiety to improved concentration. In addition to massage, the technicians expunge toxins with seaweed and kelp body wraps.
Dr. William Fitzgerald, who honed his topnotch dental skills at the University of Tennessee at Memphis, shepherds a squad of skilled technicians trained in a variety of services. Dr. Fitzgerald offers gift cards for services, and the office's treatment rooms feature mounted televisions, iPods, and the ghosts of tartar past, all of which entertain patients during cleanings, porcelain veneers, root canals, and teeth-whitening services. Prior to cosmetic work, Dr. Fitzgerald boots up a dental-imaging software program that shows patients a preview of their results and what they would look like if they had never lost their baby teeth.
An indoor rock-climbing gym, The Ascent resides inside a cavernous, warehouse-like building where the angled walls are studded with handgrips and gravity challenges participants on every ascent. The facility's top-rope walls stretch as high as 32 feet, and angled walls bevel off into challenging overhangs where chalky-handed patrons cling tightly during ropeless bouldering runs. When opening the gym, owner Jeff Hess—familiar with the passion of bouldering enthusiasts—made sure to leave room for a 2,500-square-foot bouldering area, now located in the center of the large open space.
Jeff's efforts to foster community through climbing have lead to some unique fusions at The Ascent. The new auto-belay system enables climbers to climb without need for a partner. Additionally, a partnership with neighboring Crossfit Murfreesboro now affords The Ascent's members a bonus benefit, access to Crossfit’s cardio and weight-training facilities.
O Baby 4D's ultrasound technicians introduce parents to their babies using 2D, 3D, and 4D ultrasound technology. At 15 weeks into the pregnancy, the machines can determine the baby's gender, and at 16–26 weeks, the machines can show images of the baby as a whole. At 28–32 weeks, babies' faces become more defined.
The 3D machines show parents crisp images of their babies, and the 4D ultrasound machines add motion to show parents what their babies look like moving around. Children are welcome at the ultrasound appointments and can stay entertained with O Baby 4D's stash of books and toys while parents decide if it's in good taste or great taste to name the baby Princess Aurora.
In addition to ultrasound scans, O Baby 4D offers prenatal and Swedish massage. It also has an onsite boutique full of maternity and baby apparel, as well as decor for nurseries and playrooms.
At the helm of Cargo Fitness is Carlos R. Gonzalez, a former track athlete at the high-school, collegiate, and international levels and a former strength and conditioning coach with the Tampa Bay Rays baseball club. Gonzalez draws upon this experience to provide a variety of training programs for those looking to lose weight, build endurance, and improve their health. His group fitness classes welcome exercisers of all skill levels to engage in full-body workouts, working to burn fat, tone muscle, and jump high enough to finally get that raccoon out of the top cupboard. Meanwhile, his strength and conditioning programs use individualized exercises to steer athletes toward their goals. Finally, he also offers online workout programs that augment personalized plans with weekly feedback sessions via phone or email.
Dance Murfreesboro's friendly hoofers welcome students of all ages and ability levels, whether they have twinkly toes or two left feet for hands. Three half-hour private lessons give rug-cutters personalized instruction, setting the dance groundwork before building on skill sets with a trio of group classes. Select your personal prancing style from the class calendar, with courses including tango for beginners and west coast swing. Put learning into action at the studio's weekly dance parties, which kick off with short beginner's lessons in new styles before opening the floor to enthusiastic board-stompers. Dance Murfreesboro's top-notch instruction grants guests a stylish catalog of fancy footwork, with moves ideal for impressing a date, stunning an enemy, or ensuring victory in an impromptu salsa cage match.
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