Milan Institute of Cosmetology's style students cultivate salon and spa skills beneath the guiding gaze of instructors in an array of image-enhancing services. The institute allows clients to bask in inexpensive beauty services administered by the beauty students who may become the superstar stylists of tomorrow. Paraffin manicures ($13 each) swathe hands in a hydrating paraffin elixir, which yields scintillating nails and velvet-soft skin. Basic facials ($20 each) thoroughly cleanse skin's every nook and cranny, leaving faces smooth and moisturized, and facial waxing ($5/area) banishes fuzz from unkempt lips or brows.
Jump Highway is constantly in motion. The "trampoline sports arena" is filled with more than 10,000 square feet of nearly custom-built, steel-frame trampolines that cover the floor and climb partway up the walls. Here, visitors of all ages bound across the room and into foam pits large enough for use by professional gymnastics teams or a giant's naptime. In addition to freestyle jumping sessions, the center also hosts group dodgeball and basketball tournaments. The gym's Airobics class treats the trampolines as a whimsical track and field during its cardio-focused, low-impact, and low-gravity workouts.
Each piece of equipment is carefully inspected each day and the staff regulates the number of jumpers to prevent overcrowding. They also monitor the different trampoline zones, which include a separate jumping area just for smaller children. When guests are ready for the world to stop shaking, a cafe and on-site lounge feature leather furnishings and wireless internet.
"The yoga community is so different than a typical gym. It’s warm, friendly and inviting." This is just one of the many accolades shared by Akasha Yoga's happy members who revel in the sense of community the studio fosters. One of the reasons for the close-knit feel—heated classes where students commiserate as they challenge themselves and others to push through the high temperatures. Though possibly overwhelming at first, the raised Fahrenheit helps students sweat out harmful toxins and loosens their muscles so that they can achieve deeper stretches and poses that resemble the flexible animals they're named after. Students can also opt for non-heated classes such as Yin Yoga in which a series of floor postures are held for several minutes making it one of the more challenging classes. Another reason for the close-knit feel—teachers who have discovered the power of yoga after injuries, unwanted weight gain, or career stress and who patiently lead students toward their goals, whether the goals be weight loss, relaxation, or working as the body double for a pretzel.
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. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
The academy brings together professionals in the fields of childhood-development and literacy to help children in grades K–12 reach higher academically and succeed in the 21st century. Each child who comes to the center for tutoring or enrichment gets the benefit of personal attention during small group or private lessons in a variety of subjects, encouraging creativity and critical thinking. Though many programs are geared toward STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), tutoring in reading and languages is also available.
Ceramics-painting sessions at The Clayhouse help to transmute imaginations into one-of-a-kind pieces of keepsake pottery enhanced by vibrant strokes and delicate dabs. Guests with today's deal can partner up with a friend, a family member, or a polite stranger to apply pleasant hues to tabula-rasa coffee mugs. Each painter can choose from a rainbow of more than 50 color glazes to bedazzle his or her ceramic sipper in patterns dreamed up on the spot or attributed to unearthly coffee-bean muses. Sessions include all required materials and guidance, with guests supplying their own enthusiasm and fingers.