The power of pleasant scents is timeless. Learn about aromatherapy's history with Groupon's introduction.
Aromatherapy sessions take place on a spectrum that stretches from relaxing to extremely relaxing. Practitioners extract the all-important essential oils and aromatic compounds from flowers, bark, roots, resins, and other natural sources. During the actual session, clients simply relax and take deep breaths, triggering olfactory signals connected to the brain and traveling into the lungs where the particles can quickly enter the bloodstream. At many spas and massage studios, therapists dilute these essential oils and apply them directly to the skin with massage lotions or in warm baths.
Though there is a lack of clinical evidence supporting the medical benefits of these plant-derived oils, their therapeutic application can be traced back as far as the era of the Old Testament. Sealed urns of aromatic resins have been unearthed in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs, and recorded uses of essential oils can be found in ancient cultures across the Middle East and in India and China. Scent sciences were brought into the modern era by French chemist Ren?-Maurice Gattefoss? in 1937, when he published a book detailing an explosion that resulted in severe burns all over his hands and the seemingly miraculous recovery he made after treating them with lavender oil.
At Balance Point, the staffers view themselves as mechanics who jump-start the body's self-healing mechanisms. Instead of using jumper cables hooked up to a magical Ford Mustang, though, they rely on acupuncture treatments, nutrition therapy, and homeopathic remedies. For arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and chronic aches and pains, Balance Point's team may recommend deep-tissue muscle-balancing sessions.
Travis Garza became a fitness operative at the same time that he officially became an adult, commencing his personal-training career at age 18. As the now-48-year-old progressed to earn his NASM certification and direct multiple training centers, he was constantly mounting a counteroffensive to "fitness fraud" and common gym stressors. Eventually, he created his own workout plans to help to reshape his clients' physiques, taking on the title of "The Master of Body Transformation." His methods have since been featured on KOCO, FOX 25, and KTOK talk radio for their slimming, confidence-building results.
Whether he is leading a fat-loss boot camp or personal-training session, Travis strives to be a steadfast source of support to his students?he always responds to email, telephone, or post-its stuck to lobbed medicine balls. His programs take the holistic route to health by emphasizing nutrition in addition to exercise, providing consultations and take-home resources for clients.
Working from a desire to help those in need, the staff at Syrup donate their profits to projects in Third-World countries. To generate those profits, they craft a menu of inventive breakfast and lunch dishes that includes pancakes made with sweet potatoes and crunchy french toast made with challah bread. Coffee drinks are crafted with beans from Stumptown Coffee Roasters, which roasts them by hand rather than with an angry weightlifter's fiery breath.
While the sun spends most of its day in the sky, it still finds time to hang out in The Riviera Tanning Spa, teaching five different levels of Ergoline tanning beds how to bronze bodies with color that looks like it came from the star itself. From the Ambition bed?s beginner-friendly 120-watt bulbs to the Excellence 800?s simmering 520-watt heaters, tanners of all levels can boost golden hues in as little as 10 minutes. Thanks to their large facility, Riveria can accommodate a high influx of individuals without requiring appointments. Their Autobronzer system also reduced peaked appearances without UV exposure, spraying skin with three levels of sunless solutions that add color that won?t run, streak, or turn blue when placed under a black light.
The hours before 5 a.m. are typically reserved for sleeping, but not so at Body Language. At the crack of 4:30, the staff kicks open the doors to the newly renovated gym’s neon-green walls, and exercisers shake off calories on an eclectic array of Life Fitness cardio and strength machines. To get guests started on the right fitness foot, the staff carries out free, personalized fitness assessments for new members. The team of personal trainers, which includes a college basketball and track star who studied exercise science, also lends one-on-one support, rather than the one-on-none support found at most mime gyms. Meanwhile, classes at the group training studio infuse workouts with a sense of community; they range from yoga that incorporates a variety of styles to kickboxing sessions.