At Reading Athletic Club, firm yet friendly trainers and modern equipment from brands such as Nautilus whip exercisers into shape. Personal trainers stage workouts in the cardio deck and weight area, packed with weight machines, treadmills, elliptical machines, and other mechanisms that foster fitness. Ladies break a sweat in the women's only section while youngsters play with babysitters. During fitness classes, instructors help boost their students’ endurance via high-energy boot camps that tighten all areas of the body or the flowing poses of yoga. After workouts, students can unwind under the soothing strokes of the center's massage therapist.
With classes in several yoga styles taught by certified instructors, Yoga Moves helps forge stronger, healthier, more flexible bodies. Hot yoga, Vinyasa, and Pranavayu yoga classes are held in a heated room to warm and relax tight muscles, which can allow for deeper stretching and toxin release while helping to protect the body from injuries to the ligaments, muscles, or proboscis. Unheated classes, such as Yin yoga, target connective tissues, promoting flexible muscles and bendable joints. Classes stress individual progress and leave the measure of success to one's own personal improvement, so yoganauts of every skill level can reap the benefits of yoga without judgment or intimidation. Students should plan to bring a sizable water bottle, a large towel, a yoga mat (or rent one for $1), and an empty stomach; click here to see a schedule of current class offerings.
The experienced and trained instructors at Balance Yoga Studio cater to clients of all ages and ability levels during nine types of classes offered seven days per week. In addition to varying the difficulty and movements featured in each session, they change things up by heating the studio to one of three temperature ranges.
The Yoga Loft is a Vinyasa-style studio that leads limber bodies through safe, meaningful workouts. Under the watchful eye of owner and Wilmington native Jen Ryan, veteran instructors keep the pace steady and the atmosphere casual, injecting their personalities into each cadent callout. Beginner classes—open to both first-time students and experienced practitioners alike—focus on breathing techniques, overall strengthening, and balance. Mixed-level flow classes are marked by a variety of standing, sitting, and balancing poses, and Power Yoga classes are more closely associated with backbends, hip openers, and other challenging, yet rewarding statue impersonations.
The treatments at Forever-Young Skincare combine a variety of high-tech beauty technologies in the hopes of achieving a timeless goal?to fight aging. Aesthetician Nance Jack Garber deploys state-of-the-art implements that dole out ultrasonic waves, pulses of thermal light, and smoke signals of pure oxygen that work to ward off wrinkles and restore elasticity to the skin. Nance also brings more than two decades of experience as a massage therapist to her practice, complementing her modern facials with good old-fashioned deep-tissue massage and stretching.
Marlena Bruno, the founder of Mantra Yoga, jumped on the PranaVayu yoga bandwagon early. Nowadays?10 years, more than a 1,000 teaching hours after she discovered the Boston-based yoga style?she and her team of certified teachers guide students through a variety of weekly classes that impart powerful and gentle flow sequences and meditative exercises to students inside a warmly lit, brick studio. To help warm students' muscles for the flexibility-improving postures, Marlena and company keep the studio's thermostat set between 80 and 85 degrees. The staff uses a combination of time-honored yoga traditions coupled with contemporary practices, including creative sequencing, contempo-based music, and meditative teachings so that their classes evoke a sense of peace and well-rounded being. The studio also regularly hosts workshops and other events.