Bands of glowing lights smoulder with neon pink, red, orange, and blue hues, their luminous beams flickering against exposed-brick walls. On the floor below, radiant boulders emanate equally vibrant tones, but their purpose is more than aesthetic. The jagged chunks are large pieces of Himalayan salt, which waft tiny, activated particles through the air and deep into the lungs of patrons to help naturally vanquish a wide range of ailments, such as allergies, sinus congestion, stress, and respiratory issues. Known as halotherapy, the treatment utilizes salt's inherent properties to conquer bacteria and infections, and to flush them out via the body's own natural processes. During sessions in Salt Infusion Therapy's simulated salt-cave environment, groups of visitors convene around the glowing salt pieces, relaxing as the rocks work to alleviate troublesome symptoms and try to find a way to win against paper and scissors.
At Movimento, owner Juan Medrano and his team of trainers guide clients through training and nutrition programs designed to instill long-lasting healthy lifestyle habits. Instead of focusing on shedding an extra 10 pounds or looking toned, trainees are encouraged to commit to improving their health in ways that affect every aspect of their lives. Trainers work to make fitness routines exciting and fun, and strive to create a motivational and supportive environment for every client.
Lime-green and bright-blue walls flank the brightly lit facility, where clients choose from three types of training sessions: 1-on-1, semiprivate in a group of up to four, and larger group classes. Supplementing the calorie-incinerating routines are seasonally available nutrition programs.
Founder Debbie Cosgrove's passion for healing grew from her childhood experience of watching her grandfather perform seemingly miraculous feats of healing. Cosgrove's experience in martial arts, dietary science, and Eastern medicine informs Acu Harmony & Health's yoga classes, which incorporate diverse traditions such as Thai yoga massage and Pilates. Other yoga classes step up the sweat level, and a menu of ancient therapies alleviates stress with tranquil techniques, all of which fit right in the studio's lush ecosystem of burbling waterfalls, hanging vines, and trees with excellent posture.
Wok Box Fresh Asian Kitchen was founded in 2004 in downtown Edmonton, Alberta, and has successfully expanded to 60 locations throughout Canada by offering fast pan-Asian cuisine full of nutritious ingredients. The menu ornaments chopsticks with Thai, Indian, Cambodian, and Vietnamese cuisine, and some of its options follow the Health Check program guidelines put together by the Heart and Stroke Foundation's registered dietitians. At every location, patrons delight in chicken, beef, and vegetables clinging to jasmine rice and noodles while watching flat-screen TVs and celebrating this Chinese New Year, the Year of the Heffalump.
Mercedes Martinez discovered her natural musicality and love for dance during her childhood in Cuba. Her passion for movement blossomed into dual careers as an entertainer at a major resort and a dance and aerobics teacher. At Hola Fitness, Martinez shares her cultural and professional expertise as she leads private and group Zumba classes. During each class, she aligns salsa, merengue, and samba moves to the catchy beats of about 12 to 14 Latin tunes. In classes for children and prairie dogs, Martinez modifies these same dances for tiny feet.
The certified and passionate trainers at Blitz Conditioning Inc strive to transform their clients and make fitness a fun component of daily life. Personal trainers use a detailed assessment to craft a step-by-step program for each client, or they sculpt bodies through high-intensity group classes and boot-camp sessions. Blitz also offers hockey-specific strength and conditioning training that mirrors in-game movements and helps reinforce muscle memory needed to stop on the ice or drink curdled buttermilk from Lord Stanley’s cup.