Helmed by a certified RN, the team of massage therapists, aestheticians, and nail technicians at Serenity Day Spa enhances exteriors and relieves stress. Aestheticians employ d’vine and Hylunia facial products to banish signs of aging, such as crow’s-feet and eyebrows still furrowed about Benedict Arnold, and wield soy-based Nufree-Nudesse wax to oust unwanted fuzz. The spa’s four massage therapists cater their kneading to each back, deepening relaxation with hot stones or reflexology techniques. Whether whitening teeth or gussying up nails with Shellac and acrylics, the professionals do their best to set clients at ease and send them back into the world feeling rejuvenated both inside and out.
EveryBody Pilates’s owner Heather Crosby had a hard time feeling like herself after a traumatic car wreck in 1995; that is, until she discovered Pilates. The core-strengthening workouts so enriched and restored her life that she became a certified instructor to share it with others. At her studio, she and her staff provide group lessons on mats and reformers, as well as private and partner classes. They’ve also added barre workouts, TRX suspension training, and Jazzercise to their repertoire.
Equipped with likenesses of military-issue firearms, masked marksmen maneuver throughout a 10,000-square-foot warehouse, pelting each other with plastic BBs as they strafe down halls and overtake rooms. This is the home base of So Go Airsoft, where team members welcome combatants of all skill levels into 20- to 25-minute games that range from classics, such as Capture the Flag, to scenario matches, such as VIP Escort, Hostage Rescue, and Car-Key Find. The facility also organizes at least one scenario event each month, which is designed for beginners, but challenging enough for experienced players as well, plus a twice-monthly airsoft pistol and shotgun night. So Go Airsoft also engages large groups by opening its spacious arena to private parties.
With more than 1,800 gyms in 10 countries around the globe and 24/7 access, Anytime Fitness makes it as easy as possible for its members to get in shape. Multiple strength-training and cardio machines can build stamina, increase agility, and tone limbs to rival the crisp bicep lines of statues in a nearby park. The center’s virtual classes teach fitness disciplines such as yoga, cycling, and kickboxing. Group training brings those disciplines into 3-D. As far as amenities, private showers and HDTV are just two of the many additional touches that make Anytime Fitness a welcoming workout arena.
Members at Curves roll through a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines utilize body weight, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. For 30 minutes, limbering ladies move around a circuit that positions machines inward so that they'll have a chance to share laughs and secret handshakes with fellow fitness frontierswomen. Because each workout warrior occupies a different station, the only competition that exists is with one's own burgeoning muscles and mind.
For the past 11 years, Robert Cassity has channeled a passion for fitness into his personal bodybuilding pursuits and his training business. His boot-camp classes torch calories and tone muscles with a high-energy cardio and strength-training routine performed by a group of exercisers who motivate each other to work hard and keep their shoelaces tied tightly. For a custom-crafted workout regimen, Robert also serves as a personal trainer and will travel to peoples' homes. Those interested in enlisting in either program can call ahead to reserve a spot in class, schedule a training slot, or ask Robert how to do a no-handed pushup.
At Sculpt Plus, cosmetologist Gopal Zapalowski defuzzes bodies, prunes overgrown nails, and tames manes with professional training acquired from Joico. To begin the mini-makeover package, Gopal accents strands with face-framing splashes of color before evicting unwanted cranial fringe with a haircut and eyebrow wax. Like makeovers at a slumber party with the founding fathers, guests also have the freedom to choose their own combination of beauty treatments, such as a deep conditioner ($20) that quenches thirsty locks with refreshing moisture. A Shellac manicure and pedicure ($60) shields digits with color that lasts up to two weeks without chipping, and the spa pedicure ($50) employs a foot-hugging mask and firm massage to restore feet suffering from bouts of dancer's block.