Getting fit doesn't have to be just a boring routine. At Shape-Up Fitness Center, each workout can be a little different than the one before. One day might call for an invigorating spin workout in the brand-new, 29-bike studio; another day might include a Vinyasa Flow yoga or cardio dance class. Along with the wide variety of group classes, the newly renovated fitness center also has more than 40 state-of-the-art cardio machines. And after a great workout, members can treat themselves to a revitalizing facial or an infrared sauna treatment at the Shape-Up facial lounge and spa.
Under the guidance of Dr. Monica Bonakdar, M.D., clinical aesthetician Liz Brodersen renews vitality to faces and bodies through a slew of non-invasive laser treatments and cosmetic dermatology. The center’s revitalizing Vivite 70% glycolic peel minimizes the appearance and sassy attitude of pores, lines, and wrinkles through time-released pulses of sugary acids and natural antioxidants, all without many ornery side effects. Skin as tough as a superhero’s nails after a mega-manicure mellows into baby softness as the tingling mystique of alpha hydroxy acids heals faces, easing dead skin cells away from cheeks and chins. Post-treatment, new skin layers stay guarded by the lingering flush of glycolic acid and She-Ra’s bejeweled Sword of Protection.
Mermaids are known for their flawless beauty, which, if they were real, would most likely be the result of spending all day soaking in an ocean full of seaweed. At Seaweed Sok, clients can take a beauty tip from these captivating beauties by soaking in elegant, claw-footed tubs filled with water and undulating sheets of translucent, green seaweed from the west of Ireland. For further proof of the botanical baths’ efficacy, a chalkboard sign lists the touted benefits, including detoxification, relaxation, and softer skin for those with eczema or psoriasis. Seaweed soaks are the spa's specialty, but an infrared sauna continues the detoxification and relaxation long after patrons towel off.
Dr. Richard Mantell couldn't quite hang up his stethoscope on the coatrack of retirement. He may no longer be working in emergency rooms, but he hasn't slowed down in his semi-retirement?in addition to serving as a flight surgeon, he's also leading a staff of nurses, aestheticians, and massage therapists as the medical director of Forever Young Medical Day Spa. Dr. Mantell brings a tested-in-the-field precision to the spa's beauty-boosting treatments, which range from dermal fillers and laser hair removal to a wide range of signature facial treatments.
The staff at Trim Spa works to shave inches off of waistlines with a trio of non-invasive services. During the yolo curve treatment, laser paddles heat fat cells inside the abdomen, causing them to release their contents so they can be flushed from the body. Then, clients stand atop a yolo vibe platform that sends ripples of vibration through the body, causing thousands of calorie-burning muscle contractions per session. Treatments finish in a far-infrared sauna whose warming rays help boost the heart rate and metabolism.
Once cited as a Spa to Get the Red Carpet Treatment in the Editor’s Pick section of 944 Magazine, The Chocolate Day Spa indulges its clients with spa services as decadent as a box of chocolate truffles. During a whoopie-cream massage, the spa’s signature shea-butter lotion softens skin and prevents friction as the massage therapist applies gentle pressure and performs gliding strokes. A treat for the senses, the chocolate-scented massage immerses clients in the aroma of cocoa to save them the trouble of visiting the great chocolate lakes of Appalachia. The spa even takes the guilt out of the indulgence it encourages by providing such slimming treatments as infrared-sauna sessions and Endermologie treatments. Inside the med spa, laser light works to lift faces, tighten eyes, and plump lips, and Botox and Juvéderm reduce the appearance of wrinkles.