In a mezzanine area flooded with natural light from arced windows, cardio machines stand alongside free weights and strength-training equipment, ready to help exercisers combat calories and stress levels. Instructors, meanwhile, inspire participants to reach their fitness goals during group fitness classes set to upbeat music, while yoga teachers promote a stronger mind-body connection with styles ranging from breath-focused Vinyasa to energetic prana flow. For more in-depth work, guests can work with trainers certified by the likes of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the National Academy of Sports Medicine. The crew also includes registered nurse Maria Glad, whose 12-week and 12-month wellness programs complement the club's fitness activities.
Staffers at the organic, raw-food juice and smoothie bar stand by to whip up a healthy and satisfying snack after workouts, while vapor from the locker rooms’ sauna and steam room loosens muscles.
The therapists at Olde Port Massage understand that a safe, tranquil environment only emphasizes the healing effects of massage. To that end, the boutique spa's decor is abundant with neutral pastel hues, exposed brick walls, and linen-covered treatment beds that aim to put the body at ease. That feeling of comfort is perpetuated by massage services, which incorporate a blend of Eastern and Western modalities, such as Chinese tui na and Swedish techniques, to bring harmony to the mind and body. Along with increasing blood flow and repairing damaged muscle tissue, each massage includes hot stones and foot reflexology. Together, these treatments aim to detoxify the body and can relieve arthritis pains, headaches, and muscles strains often caused by trying to massage your own back.
From India to Antarctica, Sue Vittner's massage training has taken her all over the world. At her facility on Portland soil, Sue funnels those experiences into her practice, delivering a unique blend of seven different modalities that includes Swedish, sports, and deep massage. Sue dispatches those techniques during individual and couples massage sessions, and for those looking to learn the craft themselves, Sue shares the tricks to her trade during her interactive couples massage class.
After years traveling the globe and working in the fitness industry, Stephen and Antonia Anderson wanted to design a fitness facility that was as beautiful as it was functional. The duo eventually realized this dream, opening The Body Architect within a lofty building with wooden beams, exposed brick walls, and wall-to-wall windows that proffer spectacular views of Portland and Mount Washington. In front of these windows, rows of professional Precor and Cybex machines bustle amid the clang of strength and TRX suspension training equipment. Meanwhile, up on the roof deck, certified instructors conduct a variety of fitness classes beneath the sun, including boot camps, yoga, and personal-training sessions. Additionally, an onsite massage therapist stands by to help untangle muscles or knotted gym socks before or after members unwind in serene spa-inspired showers.
Influenced by a background in ballet and intensive study of Egyptian dance, Rosa Noreen mixes up her traditional belly-dancing skills with a touch of Western style. She emphasizes the power of pauses, and her fun and sophisticated dance style has spawned its very own instructional DVD, Delicious Pauses: Negative Space in Movement. All the material on the DVD comes directly from her experience teaching belly dancing at her studio, where students of all skill levels learn to shimmy and shake according to ancient techniques. As students progress through the curriculum, they learn to improvise moves and create choreography on the fly. Rosa also goes on location to put on shows with other traveling belly dancers and students, even attending national gatherings in Las Vegas.
5,000 square feet of indoor rock walls outfitted for top-rope belaying and bouldering entertain guests of all experience levels at Maine Rock Gym. Visitors can partner up to climb meandering problems across varying angles and overhangs while staff climbers remain on hand to serve as belayers and to fend off curious mountain goats. Indoor, onsite clinics instruct climbers at introductory or advanced levels, and guides lead outdoor excursions to Maine's granite cliffs and New Hampshire's White Mountains. The gym also sets up a portable climbing tower at outdoor events and orchestrates team-building challenges, which improve communication and problem-solving skills more effectively than trying to teach the quadratic equation through interpretive dance.
A mural of a radiant sun painted in oranges, reds, and yellows covers one of the walls at Portland Power Yoga, mimicking the warmth of the heated room where yoga instructors show ranks of students the proper way to extend their arms as they crouch on their mats. The heat helps facilitate deeper stretching and detoxification as students flow through sequences in 90-minute Basics, All Levels, or Intermediate classes. Instructors condense the same experience into a shorter session during Hour of Power classes and help groups hold extended poses in Yin Yoga, awakening students' connective tissues and convincing nearby deer that they’re actually statues. In addition to regular classes, the studio hosts community workshops with guest instructors and often works in tandem with the bodywork experts at Hara Holistic Health.