The Herb Store furnishes proponents of natural living with myriad plant curatives, candles, aromatherapy, and other apothecary goods acquired through eco-friendly practices. The proprietress, Cristy DeLozier, is dedicated to treating the environment with the same respect due to a wizened elder or a Legends of the Hidden Temple winner, buying many of her herbs from ethical wildcrafters who emphasize leaving minimal environmental footprints. For farm-culled products, DeLozier visits and vets her suppliers, choosing organic operations whenever possible.
Translated to English as “The House of the Moon,” La Hacienda de la Luna takes inspiration from this celestial symbol of femininity to create a space wholly dedicated to creativity, intuition, and healing. Serving as a wellness spa, yoga studio, art gallery, and bed and breakfast, the center strives to help bodies find a balance between their natural masculine and feminine energies through services that range from massage to drawing workshops. Various spa treatments help the body shed toxins both inside and out, whether via infrared sauna sessions or body scrubs blended from mineral sea salts and therapeutic essential oils. Bodies find their center and rediscover the backs of their knees during guided yoga classes, and those searching for artistic inspiration may find it by perusing a number of collections from talented painters and artists who design textiles and glasswork.
Housed inside a 300-year old adobe-style fortress believed to be one of the oldest inns in the nation, La Hacienda de la Luna also hosts a limited number of first-come, first-served rooms for guests, whose balance reset takes more than a few hours. Settled upon land that was once sacred to the Tiguex tribe, its varied history found it offering respite to everyone from missionaries to weary stagecoach travelers, making it well suited to host the rejuvenating activities that fill its 2-foot-thick walls today. Many claim that the spirits of the past still inhabit the serene site, though the faint of heart need not worry as La Hacienda de la Luna's owners describe the energies as "all welcoming."
Dr. Azad and Associates, strive to accommodate families at Familia Dental, with time slots for working parents on evenings and Saturdays and an indoor play area for youngsters at this preventive and cosmetic practice. Its orthodontics, whitening services, and traditional dentistry finesse the smiles of both kids and adults using technology such as a digital x-ray machine, which releases 80% less radiation than its analog counterparts and 90% less radiation than Spiderman’s big toe.
It's 7 p.m. on a Monday, and the Fitness KICKS studio is a flurry of sweaty, motivated students and swaying punching bags. This is the scene of a cardio-kickboxing class, where certified trainers lead students through high-intensity kickboxing drills and training exercises on the 27 heavyweight bags. Come Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, the atmosphere transforms when yoga instructors take over and lead yogis through flowing poses designed to enhance relaxation. The energy-charged atmosphere soon returns, however, when coaches take over to conduct rigorous total-body conditioning sessions, kettlebell workouts, Kempo karate, and jiujitsu classes.
As students bustle about in group classes, other members churn out muscles with the studio's collection of weightlifting equipment, ellipticals, and bicycles. Some opt for personal-training sessions, during which top trainers help clients work out safely by guiding them through custom exercises and checking their gym sneakers for smuggled in cheeseburgers. Still other members sit down to chat with the trainers about nutrition, discussing diet tips and custom meal plans.
The trainers at Upward Motion Personal Training earned college degrees in exercise science and hold a whole alphabet's worth of certifications from the NASM, NSCA, ACE, and ACSM. Their education on all things exercise allows them to customize workouts to clients of all abilities and health levels—including specialized routines for clients with injuries. The trainers take into account nutritional habits and wellness goals when recommending personal-training courses, weight-loss coaching, and group classes. Classes include high-intensity ShockWave cross training, low-impact IndoRow rowing, and Pilates-boxing fusion class Piloxing.
In addition to 14 years' experience in alternative and holistic practices, seasoned therapist Michael Candelaria has received 1,000 hours of training in 18 different wellness specialties, including reflexology, acupressure, and Chinese medicine. With services such as Swedish massage, myofascial release, aromatherapy, and hot-stone treatment, he and his staff take the mind to a blissfully whited-out plane where it's free to bob up and down like a Q-tip buoy in a sea of cotton balls.