Just because weight loss takes discipline doesn't mean it can't also be pleasant. So say the folks at MS Slim, who outfit every client in plush robes, serve them herbal teas, and lead them into tranquil private rooms before each treatment. In this spa-like atmosphere, the staff takes a personalized approach to helping clients meet their image and weight goals, forsaking boilerplate models for solutions that fit the client's unique needs and maintain an emphasis on creature comforts.
At MS Slim, the journey to weight loss follows different routes for different people. Treatments such as i-Lipo, Zerona body sculpting, and anticellulite wraps may entail divergent methods, but all result in bodies that can slide into stowed-away skinny jeans and old rabbit holes to Wonderland. MS Slim also hosts many beautifying stopovers on the way to the golden scale, including a docket of skincare services, massages, yoga, and a carbon-infrared sauna where clients can relax and burn calories without having to bench-press their hypnotist.
At My Lean Body Fitness, friendly, knowledgeable trainers help students overcome self-doubt and mental blocks with boot-camp regimens and dance workouts. Zumba sessions set bodies in motion with infectious rhythms, and cardio kickboxing tones muscles and burns fat with swift punches and kicks. Nutritional guidance and healthy recipes amplify full-body workouts and circuit-training classes, ensuring bodies are fueled properly for building lean, powerful muscle.
Monique Jaime of Yoganette Yoga describes her MO as an instructor: “I teach a style called Vinyasa Flow; it is called this because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance. This style allows a lot of variety, but will almost certainly include Sun Salutations—expect movement, not just stretching.” Jaime and the several other instructors share personal anecdotes about their professional work, in which they lead students through a variety of yoga classes, from rhythmic, dynamic yoga flows to slower-paced, stress-relieving sessions. Their flow-based classes focus on strength, balance, and flexibility, and their detox classes use twisting poses and inversions to help the body cleanse itself, which is also what the body of the Catmobile would do if it existed. The team teaches barre-fusion classes that combine barre and core work with yoga poses for sweat-inducing, fat-burning workouts. Along with yoga classes, the studio hosts knitting and crocheting meet ups, meditation series, and workshops that help awaken the chakras for improved overall wellness.
The therapists at Urban Retreats Massage & Day Spas have a treatment to combat every conceivable source of stress. Their gentle Swedish massages focus on muscles near the surface, stimulating circulation and flushing away toxins. Deep-tissue pressures, on the other hand, target the hidden knots that cause chronic aches and pains if left unattended. Visitors to Urban Retreats often leave looking as refreshed as they feel, thanks to a range of skin-brightening facial treatments that thoroughly cleanse and moisturize complexions. The Spa also offers acupuncture, body wraps, body masques, body scrubs, and reflexology treatments.
Marcus Martinez, a seasoned MMA and UFC trainer, puts his strength-training and conditioning expertise to use at MBody Strength, where he leads a series of fitness classes. Classes in Marcus’s schedule include general self-defense, mixed martial arts, martial-arts conditioning, and Brazilian jujitsu.
Equipment: Megaformer M3
Students should bring: Towel
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot