The employees of Spa Envy have a simple ambition: they merely want to sit their clients in tension-melting Shiatsu massage chairs and work on relaxing their minds and bodies. Talk about a formula for success! And if that weren’t enough, Spa Envy does more than seek to restore energy and soothe pained bodies; their services include hand and foot care treatments, a variety of waxing options and facial services, as well as tinting. The friendly, calm interior of this University District location makes each session a calming one, with dark wood trim, lots of natural lighting and black leather chairs that are as comfortable to look at as they are to sit in. There are discounts for first-time customers, though many getting massaged are longtime clients.
OmCulture is more than just a venue for yoga and dance classes; it's a gathering place for the entire community. Its well-appointed interior warmly greets visitors of all ages with its sloping ceiling festooned with colorful fabrics, windows that let in plenty of natural light, and new chocolate-colored hardwood floors with an Om symbol emblazoned in the center. These unique decorative touches set a calm, stress-free scene for kids' events, lectures, and impromptu lie-detector tests. The community center's diverse schedule of classes teaches students the basics of acrobatics, the graceful steps of the tango, and the mind-calming techniques of Hatha yoga. Visitors can also rent out OmCulture's facility for private parties or weddings.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates in cardio routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
The studio of CrossFit North Seattle pulses with high-intensity workout routines. As students undergo varied exercises from the scheduled Workout of the Day, a shoal of coaches circumnavigates the floor, guiding movements, ensuring safety, and gingerly removing any unnoticed "Kick Me" signs pinned to T-shirts. Combining weightlifting, gymnastics, and track-and-field techniques, CrossFit aims to build resilience, strength, and versatility, equipping students with the stamina for athletic and everyday activities. Instructors scale each workout up or down to accommodate individual levels of fitness or exercisers recovering from restrictive injuries.
As part of a larger international chain, this 34th Street location of Anytime Fitness specializes in a full range of exercise opportunities. The idea behind the popular workout room is to give beleaguered patrons any excuse to keep working, stay motivated and push forward. That means a variety of workout options, including weightlifting equipment, personal training instruction, cardio training and group classes, all offered in the usual 24/7 format that has given the gym its name. Personalized keys give each member access to treadmills, elliptical machines, exercise cycles and stair climbers, while fresh weights give fitness fiends a chance to truly do a little heavy lifting.
Founder Heather Scearce started practicing Pilates in 1997 after she suffered a severe back injury in a car accident. As it turns out, Pilates became an essential factor in her recovery, fueling her desire to help others discover the beneficial exercise form for themselves. In addition to one-on-one sessions, Conscious Body Pilates now offers Barre and Group Reformer classes in their newly remodeled space. The classes are small and promise more elbow room for friends, families and sock-puppet troupes to workout in tandem.