Body pampers and tones physiques with spa services and fitness training and tends to wee ones with childcare services and sating hungers at an organic café. Aestheticians buff visages with organic, Ecocert-certified Naturopathica products during custom facials and tighten sagging skin until it's smooth enough to host a microscopic roller derby with microdermabrasion, microcurrents, and derma-rollers. Yoga and dance classes invite limbs to bend and shake, working up an appetite sated by the café’s menu, which pleases raw and vegan palates as well as source-conscious carnivores. After a massage or personal-training session, clients pick up eco-friendly fashions at an on-site boutique, where sustainable, fair-trade garments give patrons something to wear to a dinner party at Mother Nature's house.
The sagacious instructors at Dahn Yoga New Mexico facilitate the betterment of flexibility, strength, and the elusive mind-body connection during morning and evening classes. Dahn-style yoga melds the ancient wisdom of ki-energy training with modern breathing postures to unlock inner peace and sweep up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. Warm-up maneuvers awaken muscles before 30–40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation—including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that calibrates mental and physical energies. Cool-down exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality, and a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance.
Emmett Garcia, the licensed massage therapist at Touched by an Angel’s Wing, renders therapeutic full-body massages using oils or lotions and techniques culled from more than 10 distinct modalities. During each session, Garcia plies a variety of strokes, from rhythmic percussion taps to kneading maneuvers targeted to improve sluggish circulation, like a library that smears its books with chocolate. In addition to redressing backaches, the massage sessions can help to ease stressed-out minds and abate the severity of ailments, such as migraines and swelling from sports injuries or pregnancy. When his own nimble fingers are not enough, Garcia calls upon such spa staples as warm paraffin wax and mud to soothe achy joints and flush toxins from pores.
Twenty-six poses. 90 minutes. 105 degrees. This is what yogis can expect from a hot—or Bikram—yoga class at Bikram Yoga of Albuquerque, a studio that follows the teachings of the practice’s founder, Bikram Choudhury. They keep the studio to such a high temperature in order to help students sweat out toxins and to further their flexibility. As for yoga itself, it helps practitioners achieve a sense of mental and physical well-being that is said to strengthen determination, self-control, faith, concentration, and patience. In addition to the east-side location, which has been around for ten years, Bikram Yoga of Albuquerque invites yogis to its second location on the west side.
Opened in 1996, Santa Fe Community Yoga Center is a nonprofit studio that fosters a positive community vibe through daily classes and ongoing programs with local public schools. Surrounded by a flower-strewn, outdoor park, the actual yoga studio receives ample amounts of natural light, which bounces off the polished cork floor to illuminate the belly of any and all downward-facing dogs. Each of the center's 10 yoga instructors brings a unique bouquet of experience and specialty to the studio, resulting in an eclectic schedule of Vinyasa-, hatha-, Yin-, and restorative-yoga styles suitable for all experience and fitness levels. For added convenience, the studio supplies mats, blankets, bolsters, zafus, blocks, and straps free of charge.
Board-certified physician Dr. Josh Brown fades unwanted body art using the Quanta Q-Plus, a laser designed specifically for tattoo removal. The laser's beams pass through the skin during 10-minute sessions, fragmenting tattoo ink—even hard-to-remove colors such as blue and green—so that it can be absorbed into the body. Although the number of required treatments depends on the ink’s color, depth, and resistance to decoder pens, the laser efficiently fades or removes tattoos with minimal discomfort.