As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Fred Astaire Dance Studios' highly experienced instructors instill the subtle elegance of waltzes, fox trots, and tangos into dancing gams. Private introductory lessons school feet in a choice of over 20 styles during sessions, as individuals or couples learn the basics of ballroom dance, dance-floor etiquette, and surgical options available for second left feet. Aside from private sessions, group classes encourage amateur dancers to test out their skills with fellow frolickers during 45 minutes of sashaying and socializing. By the end of their introductory education, students whirl and waltz through the studio's spacious dancing environment with more confidence than the Lord of the Dance at an Irish nightclub.
Inside of My Resort Tanning & Spa’s private rooms, clients control their tanning destiny by specifying desired darkness and tint. Booths, beds, and UV-free Mystic and VersaSpa spray tans deliver such customized finishes, allowing all who enter to depart with a skin tone that best complements their back-to-school wardrobe or perpetual end-of-summer frowning. For additional relaxation, the spa also pampers the body and mind with hydromassage, red-light therapy, and a moisturizing hydrofusion-therapy machine.
La Bella Vita Health & Wellness takes a holistic approach to promoting well-being. Rather than simply removing unwanted fat, its wellness experts address the underlying causes of weight gain, jump-starting metabolisms and blocking cravings for hamburgers topped with sprinkles with injections of B vitamins and HCG. Instead of treating allergies with painful shots and drugs, they use biofeedback and laser therapy, and they believe hormones should be balanced and gender tailored and the liver detoxed for bodies to have any chance of achieving optimal health.
Although La Vita E Bella Cafe is physically distant from its Italian roots, it preserves one of the most important parts of home: the coast. Seafood infuses its menu—from appetizers of garlic-marinated octopus to the Siciliana pizza, topped with tuna, onions, kalamata olives, and capers. The kitchen's emphasis on freshness persists beyond its sautéed prawns, though. Owner Giuseppe Forte heads out multiple times a week to purchase groceries for his chefs, ensuring that their bruschetta and pollo cacciatora contain crisp veggies and fresh herbs. Then there’s the crepes—three kinds enveloping such Old-World ingredients as champignon mushrooms and prosciutto di parma.
Yet it’s pizzas that form the base of the menu. More than 20 specialty-topping combinations include the salsiccia, which boasts sausage and broccoli, and the gorgonzola, which mixes its namesake cheese with walnuts. As diners match their slices to a selection from the sprawling wine list, they can tune in to the lilt of live accordion music, which evokes the ambiance of Italy's streets and keeps dates from trying to fill conversational pauses by reciting their favorite Matlock plotlines.
Within every individual lies a massive reserve of potential for self-growth. At Trance-Formation Hypnotherapy, certified hypnotherapists teach their clients how to access these reserves. During their sessions, they draw on their reserve of empathy to help patrons overcome bad habits and destructive thought patterns. Much like real-time coverage of a Monopoly tournament, hypnotherapy sessions lure clients into a natural, yet altered state of consciousness that exists in between consciousness and sleep. This state allows the therapists to bypass the analytical mind and either make direct suggestions to the deeply rooted subconscious or work through the repressed emotions that can cause specific symptoms. Through the use of guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention, hypnotherapy helps clients achieve a greater sense of self-awareness and confidence.