The experts at Massage Lakes are well-versed in a variety of massage modalities, each of which bestows its unique benefits on the body. Their Swedish massages employ light-to-medium pressure to improve circulation and reduce stress, while deep-tissue massages target chronic aches and knots of tension buried in the Mariana Trench of the muscles. Sports-focused treatments help athletes avoid injury to overworked areas of the anatomy and prenatal massages coddle the expectant. And because the therapists agree that––no matter the modality––massage should be an accessible and integral ingredient to their clients' overall well-being, they offer wellness memberships that provide priority bookings and discounts for friends and family.
Ceramist and BonTon Studio owner Mary Anderson has adorned jean pockets with tiny mosaic tiles, transformed a bowling ball into a shimmering orb, and enhanced dozens of homes with her handmade tile installations. At BonTon Studio, she encourages her students to approach their own creations with the same sense of playful experimentation. She welcomes students of all ages and experience levels and equips them with mosaic tips and techniques along with all supplies. Then, she sets them loose to create their own projects, from painted tiles to glowing wine-bottle lanterns to mosaics of their favorite ceramics teacher.
Ethnic Foods Co helps its clients appreciate the process of making and eating international cuisine in their own homes. Oojas’ instructors comprise skilled chefs who focus on equipping students with quick, practical solutions to produce an array of global flavors, whether they’re working with seasonal fall veggies or Indian spices. They conduct most classes as a bit of a performance, showing off their skills as they prepare a host of familiar and original dishes. Students join in, too, as instructors teach them to prepare a variety of global dishes. And guests don’t go home hungry, as they can sample tastes of the myriad colorful and flavorful cuisine.
Ballplayers of all stripes can train year-round at Extra Innings. The 20,500-square-foot indoor facility is equipped six multi-purpose tunnels, three pitching tunnels, and three coin-operated batting cages that can sling baseballs and softballs between 40–80 mph. Hitters can also perfect their swings in the training area, and can enlist extra help from one of Extra Innings' seasoned instructors. During hitting leagues, participants compete to see who can hit a can of corn highest without splattering it over the 24-foot ceilings.
CorePower Yoga founder Trevor Tice knows yoga is much more than a tool for increasing physical strength. "We've seen first hand emotional breakthroughs, physical improvements, and most of all, a new found confidence and balance our students carry from the studio into their daily lives," says Trevor. To further their holistic efforts, CorePower provides additional services and programs across various locations. Some outposts house spas where visitors can quiet their minds with a massage or facial, while others host Karma Yoga events wherein teachers lead free classes for cancer survivors, and students share home-cooked food with homeless youths.
But yoga resides at the heart of CorePower's mission to inspire as many people as possible, so each studio boasts a range of classes that accommodates all experience levels. Truly serious students can conjure pensive expressions as they enroll in a yoga-teacher-training program, and all patrons can take comfort in knowing their studio was built from recycled materials and equipped with energy-efficient fixtures.