Having garnered certifications from NSCA and AFAA to complement her degree in exercise science, the founder of Armstrong Health & Fitness, Randi Armstrong, pushes clients toward fitter physiques with 17 years' worth of personal-training know-how. Randi rounds out an experienced staff of health experts who captain specialized classes, boot-camp programs, and nutrition seminars. Armstrong's Basic Training Gym permits visitors to fight through lifts in an intimate setting patrolled by professionals, all of whom will readily dispense advice on proper technique and the magic number of reps needed to turn biceps into actual pythons. With a roster of programs that accommodates all ages, athletic endeavors, and results-based goals, the staff strives to remodel figures according to each patron's physical aims.
Dedicated massotherapist Jean Rowe deftly kneads aching muscles in modalities ranging from the fluid, gliding strokes of Swedish massage to the more intense, targeted pressure of deep-tissue massage. Rowe enhances her kneadings with aromatherapeutic oils and calming music and raids pet-rock zoos for basalt stones to use during hot-stone massages. A Quiet Spirit Massotherapy’s ionic-spa foot detoxes draw out impurities with negative ions, and herbal wraps cocoon bodies with green clay and heated blankets to break up cellulite.
Skinsations Health & Wellness Medical Spa owner and licensed aesthetician Michelle Merrix-Gowens has assembled a team of experts to provide advanced anti-aging and wellness services. She performs organic microdermabrasions and seven types of facials with a botanical skincare line whose ingredients nourish skin and enhance the face's ability to yodel. Physicians administer wrinkle-diminishing Botox injections, a massage therapist performs hot-stone treatments or reflexology sessions, and certified thermographer and two-time breast-cancer survivor Jeanne Wilson aims to detect early signs of disease with a digital infrared thermal imaging technique.
"Before I became a licensed massage therapist I was very ignorant of the positive effects of massage," admits Tori Crews. "I never really took good care of my body." But learning human physiology and working with clients has changed all that. Now she makes it her daily goal to remind clients that they only have one body, and they should take care of it. To accomplish this, Tori offers treatments ranging from Swedish massage to deep-tissue work, available with add-ons such as aromatherapy and hot stones.
At Quality Cleaners, certified staff members practice the latest dry- and wet-cleaning techniques using state-of-the-art equipment and high-quality detergents. Customers can unstink stinky sweaters ($4.05) in lieu of using them to clothe scarecrows, and raincoats can be purged ($10.95) of the sky’s unclean precipitation. Many household items, such as blankets ($12.65), rugs ($2 per square foot), and tablecloths ($20.35), can also be cleaned. Pick-up and drop-off services take place every Monday and Thursday at the location of your choice, and garment bags are included free of charge.
Nolas's cosmetic contractors train their artisanal gaze on sophistication-seeking clients with soothing salon and spa treatments designed to renovate unkempt bodies. Customize coifs with an identity-reinventing haircut, as hairscapers use stylish snips and a color retouch or highlights to rid follicle gardens of tousled looks, excess growth, and half-built bang gazebos. Comfort-seekers looking to improve bodily vibrations may opt for one of Nolas's spa treatments. The 90-minute therapeutic relaxation massage uses gentle Swedish strokes to untie muscles snagged by rush-hour stress or night jobs modeling knots for knitting circles. Patrons can also gussy up grills with a 60-minute multivitamin power facial, which combines a scouring exfoliation with pore purging and a hydrating seaweed mask to leave recalibrated countenances shining.