Lance Farrell drew from his extensive background in tae kwon do to take down opponents in the ring for many years before he realized he could use his powers to help others combat obesity and health issues. He developed Farrell's Extreme Bodyshaping to provide patrons of all fitness levels with a comfortable place in which to undergo a mental and physical transformation, much like a crushed-velvet cocoon. He stripped away the sparring and contact drills from his fighter training, leaving just the components that burn fat and build muscle. When students sign up for a program, they're grouped into teams of peers who encourage one another through moments of weakness and provide a sense of accountability. The instructors and coaches guide these teams toward fitness on a 10-week quest based on four pillars—cardiovascular exercise to burn fat, strength training to build muscle, nutrition coaching to map out a healthy diet, and enthusiastic trainers to provide motivation. At the end of each session, each of Farrell's locations rewards a student with a $1,000 prize—or a year’s worth of high-fives—congratulating them on their dramatic physical transformation. Students who stick around and strive to get healthy over the course of a year get a shot at the $10,000 prize, though winners have reported that leading a healthier life is a greater reward than the money.
The Grove Salon The Grove Salon’s bold black chairs and striking wood accents envelop clients in the same unabashedly modern aesthetic that stylists shear into their coifs, a je ne sais quoi the salon’s eponymous owner, Angela Grove, calls attitude—the proud ownership of your individual style and personality. Guests who arrive at the salon for their haircut, color, or styling appointments are met by hanging lamps that highlight the salon's clean architectural lines, muted orange walls, and an arched entryway flanked by columns paying homage to the first man to style his hair, Roman Emperor Julius Caesar. Angela takes up scissors alongside her staff, using her impeccable aesthetic eye to craft cuts that complement each client’s looks and style, from her local regulars to contestants on American Idol. The talented team of stylists also augments haircuts with a repertoire of other haircare services including the Bio Ionic system, a thermal straightening treatment that purges locks of tangles and static frizzing, a trick many strands use to score a temporary vacation from the scalp.
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.
Ask the average person to tell you their vision of utopia, and it might look something like Utopia Massage and Spa. No work, no noise, no stress—just softly lit private rooms where two massage therapists, an aesthetician, and a cosmetologist relieve stress and soreness.
During massage appointments, hot towels soothe the back and feet as the therapists unknot tense muscles. Modalities range from Swedish to sports, and the sessions can include enhancements such as hot or cold stones. Add-ons can likewise augment pedicures: nail art decorates toes in colorful designs, and a chocolate mask makes feet smell like chocolate without having to ruin a child's birthday cake. As for skincare, each facial includes a skin analysis, cleansing, exfoliation, steam treatment, and extractions, as well as a thorough upper-body massage. There are also waxing packages that ready physiques for beach vacations.
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.
Helmed by aesthetician-in-chief Jacklyn, JK Skincare & Spa refreshes exteriors with everything from glycolic peels and body waxes to Shellac manicures and permanent makeup. Under Jacklyn’s guidance, specialists restore epidermal sheen with facials and chemical peels, including diamond-peel microdermabrasion, which fights signs of aging such as wrinkles or mouths still frowning about Prohibition.
As soon as aching muscles come into play, the spa’s massage therapists take over, kneading bodies according to Swedish and deep-tissue modalities. When eye fringe needs spiffing up, the spa’s aestheticians break out Reese Robert lash extensions. JK Skincare & Spa also delves into the holistic realm with ear-candling treatments that draw out wax, dirt, and commercial jingles stuck in inner-ear canals.