Dr. Beautiful's board-certified physician, Dr. Stephanie Gafford, embraces both the latest in aesthetic medicine and powerful natural approaches to beauty. She uses technology, such as ablative and nonablative Fraxel lasers, Liposonix ultrasonic energy, and Thermage radio frequency, to custom craft treatment plans that slim waists and fade wrinkles, acne, and skin discoloration. Dr. Gafford also beautifies clients with skincare products such as skin-lightening Obagi-C Rx serum, Jane Iredale mineral makeup, and Oxygenetix breathable foundation, whose formula acts as a second skin to cover up scars and marks resulting from nuzzling pet porcupines.
In the deep, dark heart of Chapel Hill Haunted Woods, a specter searches for the head he lost many years ago. This unnamed and hatless figure commands a phalanx of frightful creatures, all of whom await to spook daring visitors every Saturday in October. A chorus of screams emitted from the treetops assures guests they've arrived at the right spot. Once on the path, they'll have to navigate the terrifying trails if they hope to make it out alive, calling upon every ounce of bravery as they snake past a pit of snakes and cross a slender wooden bridge that conceals unspeakable horrors. All proceeds from the frightful enterprise benefit the Young Farmers and Ranchers program, which funds scholarships and targets childhood hunger in the area.
After two years studying under the creator of the BarreAmped workout, Jen Ashcraft brought her certification and BarreAmped license to Murfreesboro, where she now teaches daily, dance-inspired classes. While the method is influenced by classical ballet techniques, Jen requires no dance experience to participate. During each session, she teaches small, isometric dance movements with yoga-like concentration and Pilates core work to build lean muscle mass. To achieve the full effect of each exercise, Jen has students hold certain isolated poses and make movements so subtle they could fool any laser security system in a movie. In more advanced classes, Jen introduces cardio elements to burn fat and calories.
Yoga classes, which are taught by instructor Jennifer Craze, are also available. Together Jen and Jennifer have created a haven for health and wellness through their robust class schedules and mind-body emphasis.
At CrossFit Murfreesboro, head coach Josie Parsons leads a team of certified Level One CrossFit trainers who help students build endurance, strength, and flexibility. Classes range from yoga sessions to weightlifting training to classes aimed at active moms.
After obtaining a bachelor's degree in chemistry and biology, Kristen Nicole Hall seemed destined for a medical career. But after 14 years of competitive cheerleading and gymnastics, she couldn't shake the desire to share empowering, rhythmic routines with others—and an aerial-dance and flirty-fitness studio provided just the right venue to share her dream.
More than 15 classes are scheduled per week at Studio Goddess, including pole- and flirty fitness workouts that help participants bolster confidence and climb up trees quickly when confronted by a prowling wolf pack. Sessions such as Pole-Lates and Shake Your Abs blend dance and muscle-toning movements, and various pole-fitness levels progress students from basic spins to upside-down high-fives. Private pole parties teach small groups to twirl around the studio's 14-foot poles while celebrating special events or simply helping to "unleash the goddess" in each woman.
The massage therapists at Milestone Massage & Spa welcome any curiosity about their profession, and go to great lengths to answer clients’ questions and put everyone at ease before 30- to 90-minute massage services. A consultation determines which techniques will best address clients’ specific needs, including chronic pain and sports-related soreness. The stable of therapists is well-versed in more than a dozen massage modalities, including Swedish, characterized by flowing strokes, hot stone, characterized by heated rocks, and aromatherapy, characterized by the soothing scent of french fries. The sessions, long or short, can yield a bevy of benefits that range from decreased anxiety to improved concentration. In addition to massage, the technicians expunge toxins with seaweed and kelp body wraps.