Integrative Healing Spa's owner, Amber Gilbo, is a double threat: not only is she a licensed massage therapist, but she's also a yoga instructor with a 200-hour certification under her belt. Her center's healing treatments reflect her dual talents. Therapists offer massages in a range of styles, including four-handed massages, during which two massage therapists work in tandem. They also perform reflexology treatments, which target problems throughout the body by focusing pressure on the hands and feet.?In addition to massage, Integrative Healing offers yoga and meditation classes that hone students' flexibility six days a week. Some classes are held by candlelight, and others are focused on strength-building poses. For clients looking for a more high-intensity workout, Integrative Healing Spa also offers Hoopnotica, a fun, fat-burning workout that blends elements of dance and hula hooping.
A long-time triathlon competitor and Kripalu yoga practitioner, Sandy Eby was hooked on Bikram yoga after her very first class. She lived nearly two hours away from the nearest studio, though, so she tried to recreate the experience in her basement by practicing in front of a space heater. Unfortunately, it wasn't the same. So, Sandy founded Bikram Yoga of Oswego?a studio that occupies the third floor of the historic Kingsford House, but features modern amenities such as showers and a state-of-the-art heating system.
While the intense heat loosens tight muscles and increases circulation throughout the body, instructors lead 90-minute classes designed to accommodate students of all skill, experience, and fitness levels. Each session consists of the same two breathing exercises and 26 asanas, which systematically strengthen muscle groups and promote healthy organ function.
Certified instructors shepherd students through sweat-inducing and deep-stretching yoga classes at AM/PM Yoga Source’s newly remodeled studio. Students tote along their own yoga mats for 75-minute intermediate Vinyasa classes, where experienced yogis and yoginis journey through a flowing series of challenging poses, including solar self-esteem-boosting sun salutations. A gentle 75-minute Chair Yoga class encourages pupils to perform tension-alleviating postures while seated to relieve back pain and ease older practitioners into asanas. The studio’s flexible schedule boasts morning and evening class times to accommodate fitness-minded multitaskers and stiff-winged bats.
Going to the gym can be an intimidating experience without a kindhearted gym staff and the proper support group of peers for encouragement. Go Figure Gym’s friendly fitness gurus are determined to cultivate a safe, nonjudgmental environment where women can get in shape together. Classes such as Zumba, 30-minute workout circuit training, and hula hoops promote a sense of community as participants sweat side by side, shaking their rumps to Latin music, running in place, and playing Hot Potato with blocks of concrete.
With a comprehensive approach to physical health and well-being, Ja Spa & Fitness provides patrons with gym equipment, exercise classes, and a slew of spa services. Muscle builders can bulk, tone, and sculpt in the main weight room with an extensive assortment of free weights, machines, bikes, and hefty textbooks. Learn dark fitness secrets while picking the minds of experienced exercise sages who impart kinesthetic wisdom during 30-minute personal training sessions (a $20 value each). The VIP membership (an $80 value, including enrollment fee) includes sauna and locker room access. Eradicate lethargy in one of Ja Spa's myriad of fitness classes, such as cardio combo, Zumba, kickboxing, spinning, or yoga, an ancient form of exercise that has outlasted sheep benching and cardio poker.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Mossa routines.
Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.