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 the end of a fruitful career that led her from the Cincinnati Ballet to the Sacramento Ballet, Jennifer Williams funneled her dance savvy into creating the barre-inspired exercise system taught at Pop Physique, a 2013 CityVoter finalist for Best Gym. Her fleet of handpicked and personally trained instructors pairs graceful ballet moves with other low-impact exercises in order to chisel cores without injuring muscles. Deep stretches further preserve tendons and leave each student more relaxed than a tortoise moseying past a state patrolman with a radar gun. Sessions run multiple times a day, seven days a week at an expanding network of SoCal locations. The roomy studios are lined with sprung dance floors and design accents that lend each location a distinct personality and a chance to forget its past as a storage room for defective food processors.
A Stitch In Time arms crafters with an arsenal of vibrant yarns, needles, and other accessories to sate knitting, crocheting, and needlepoint cravings. Silver and gold metallic flecks stitched into Lumina cotton-blend yarn ($7.50 for 95 yards) add a girly glint to any hand-knitted scarf, hat, or shotgun cozy. Fabricate a perfect fall sweater in warm autumn hues using a ball of Blackstone Tweed wool blend, a soft but sturdy blend of wool, mohair, and angora ($10.50 for 130 yards). Twine precious fibers into thoughtful gifts with an ensemble of knitting needles including single-pointed ($5–$9) as well as circular and double-pointed models ($8–$16), ideal for tubular creations such as bags, socks, and snake cases.
With scientific grounding from onsite physicians, the staff at The iBody design courses of pound-shedding and detoxifying treatments that focus on resetting metabolism, balancing hormones, and liquefying fat cells with lasers. Using iBody's medical weight-loss program helps stored fat release 1,500–4,000 calories per day, the equivalent of an armchair made out of hamburger. SmartLipo treatments help vanquish fat cells by prodding flab with laser fibers through a canella, whereas testosterone therapy inserts small pellets under the skin that release small doses of weight loss–inducing hormones over the course of three to six months.
Each creative cut is supplemented by a deep conditioning treatment and stylish blow-drying. All headscaping is calculated after careful consideration of a client's hair type and bone structure to craft a snug cut. Hair services also include a color consultation that explores potential hue directions for a dramatic change that complements unearthed spring wardrobes (actual coloring service is not included in this deal).