Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping classes combine cardio, resistance training, discipline, and nutrition to recast soft musculatures as hardened versions of their former selves. Refined over the last 22 years by tae kwon do competitor and teacher Lance Farrell, the 45-minute group classes are led by a certified instructor that will help shed pounds and build muscle mass regardless of race, sex, age, size, or astrological sign. Similar to the mating ritual of the blue-footed booby, fitness kickboxing combines rhythmic martial arts and bag training, to send hearts racing into a vigorous sweat. Keep the body guessing with a pop quizzes in resistance-band training and muscle isolation, which is beneficial for all fitness levels.
A bevy of cut and color services helps transform mop tops into declarative 'dos that bait confidence-boosting compliments and soul-penetrating stares from neighborhood cats. Opt for a men’s ($20+) or women’s ($30+) haircut and style, a deep-conditioning treatment ($15+), or a single-color process ($41) to spiff up hirsute heads.
Angela Gorman has amassed a formidable list of certifications in the holistic-health industry after 14 years. She has been trained to soothe physiques with 28 different bodywork modalities, aided by her experience as a personal trainer and an anatomy and physiology instructor at Florida Metropolitan University, now known as Everest University. With such a broad wellness background, Angela was in prime position to develop Sacred Body's credo of customer care, which focuses a menu of treatments on restoring each individual's mental and physical balance.
Angela's team of massage therapists, yoga instructors, and life coaches subdue stressors by customizing their services to accommodate every client. The massage menu splits its offerings into corporal treatments—such as deep-tissue work—and energy therapy, such as reiki or kneadings with hot batteries. Faith in organic health has inspired the center's signature facial, which combines honey and fruits with herbal infusions brewed onsite to bring out the skin's radiance.
Tanning inevitably involves standing or lying still for an extended period of time. At 4 Seasons Tanning Salon, a licensed aesthetician and a team of expert body-bronzers take the boredom out of the tanning process with thoroughly engaging visits and modern technology. After individual consultations, staffers take guests on a tour of the premises, showing clients the many tanning machines and aftercare products that can help achieve their desired results. The salon’s UV beds each house a stereo system and input for iPods, so tanners can listen to their favorite music or sleep-inducing college lectures. The beds run the gamut from the eco-conscious Ultimate Envy 234 to the Velocity HP1000, whose open design allows for full-body coverage and cooling. For speedier sessions, the VersaSpa sunless-tanning booth sprays bodies with moisturizer and bronzing solution in approximately one-minute sessions.
Jennifer Parker knows what it’s like to suffer through chronic pain. When she found relief through massage therapy, she felt inspired to study at the Apollo College massage-therapy program. There, she honed the skills that she practices while presiding at Body Harmony Massage. As a clinic rather than a spa, Body Harmony Massage focuses on massage as a path to health less tedious than eating an apple a day. Despite being a clinic, they still offer pampering services in a soothing and comforting environment. Its licensed practitioners treat a wide array of conditions, such as headaches, sciatica, and back pain. They tackle these complaints with massage modalities including the gliding effleurage of Swedish kneading and the resistive stretching of PNF—proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation—which can rehabilitate weakened muscles.
Squats, crunches, and other exercises only target very specific muscle groups. That's part of the logic behind the platforms at Great Vibrations. They shake gently, spreading that work across more muscles in the body, building strength and general fitness. The work is low impact, which means it can be appropriate for seniors, kids, and those with injuries. In fact, though the machines can build muscle and burn fat, they may also improve circulatory and vascular function in injured patrons.
They're not the only ones who use the workout, though; it's also popular with internationally competitive athletes and professional football players. Classes, such as kickboxing and Helix Lateral sessions, keep muscles guessing. The vibrating platforms also play a part in one-on-one personal training, which provides the nutrition and exercise tips necessary to whittle waists, demolish sandcastles, or improve athletic performance.