As a ballet dancer, David Gensheimer didn't need much help becoming lean, limber, and lithe. But when he found himself recovering from knee surgery, he knew he needed to find something that would keep him strong without compromising his healing process. In addition to physical therapy, he turned to Pilates and was won over by the sport's ability to strengthen core muscles and enhance flexibility. Though he was back to pirouetting in no time, David never lost the Pilates bug and went on to complete his Pilates training while serving as a company member with Ballet Austin and Nashville Ballet and dancing with the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and Stillpoint.
Today, when he's not busy dancing his way through guest performances around the country, David helms Simply Balanced where he helps others strengthen, rehabilitate, and challenge their bodies through Pilates and yoga classes. Students can also try Gyrotonic classes, which blend elements of gymnastics, yoga, dance, and tai chi, performed on a weight and pulley machine that engages the entire body. Beyond transforming the way visitors look, move, and feel about spandex shorts, the Simply Balanced studio also showers them with feel-good perks such as complimentary beverages, free parking, and access to a team of highly trained massage therapists.
Joined by more than their salon’s name, stylists Jón and Alan have spent more than two decades refining their skills side by side. Today, the duo passes on their knowledge to the stylists on their team, teaching them the tricks of the trade as they cut, color, and add texture to hair. When they aren’t watching over their stylists or juggling combs dipped in barbicide and lit on fire, they check in on the spa’s technicians, who soothe their clients’ skin with resurfacing facials, chemical peels, and relaxing massages.
All of the salon’s custom skin and scalp treatments draw on Aveda's world-renowned arsenal of plant-based products. Guided by socially conscious principles for more than 30 years, Aveda produces a full line of natural beauty products carried at nearly 7,000 salons and spas. Popular products such as Shampure shampoo and witch-hazel hair spray deliver on Aveda's commitment to well-rounded earthly beauty with eco-friendly packaging cradling ingredients derived from the world's finest and least selfish plants.
The husband-and-wife team behind Nashville Holistic Health Center seek to integrate the oft-separated factions of mind, body, and spirit into one harmonious vision of wellness. During the one-hour Swedish massage, licensed massage therapist Bill Dobra will use classical Swedish techniques and traditional Vulcan mind-melding to untie knotty muscles, alleviating physical and emotional stress while improving circulatory and lymphatic circulation. Those looking for a more mental release can opt for a 90-minute spiritual-counseling session. Using her unique blend of metaphysics and alternative philosophies, compassionate, nondenominational minister Amanda Dobra will listen to whatever worries clients wish to address and help guide each client toward inner truth, connecting students with their inner selves, the earth, and the earth’s chocolaty inner self.
When walking into Glow Yoga & Wellness, the peaceful atmosphere is the first thing you notice. Leafy green plants and flowers blossom from planters, and the sun slants onto the walls, which are inscribed with inspirational quotes. This soothing exercise and wellness center is focused on helping its clients heal and rejuvenate from the inside out, and offers Vinyasa yoga, Zumba, and Pilates, as well as massage, facials, and red light therapy to stimulate collagen production. Within the soothing sanctuary, members gather to take yoga and painting workshops, receive Reikei energy treatments, and support and encourage each other along the journey to wellness.
The service menu of These Hands Massage reflects the skills of owner Mark Wilson, a licensed massage therapist who also practices reiki and chakra balancing. He engages 15 years of professional experience to lead a trio of therapists who dole out 13 types of massage and body treatments. Techniques range from basic Swedish massage to Mark's signature integrative treatments, which blend massage with energy work in order to treat both body and mind. Patrons can augment their service with complimentary aromatherapy, which infuses skin with scents of peppermint or lavender more easily than sleeping in a garden.
Drawing inspiration from Eastern and Western treatment philosophies, Massage Yijin offers a number of bodywork modalities intended to leave clients feeling rejuvenated and holistically balanced. The staff includes several massage therapists in addition to a licensed acupuncturist that work together to alleviate physical and emotional stress using a variety of approaches. Swedish, deep-tissue, and trigger-point massages focus on knots and tension-laden tissues. For a slightly different approach, the therapists can use reflexology treatments or acupressure-based an mo treatments to promote a sense of calm, balance, and well-being throughout the body, instead of just concentrated in your pinky toe.