It doesn't take long for the outside world to slip away once you enter Savi Day Spa. Just inside the doors of a secluded corner of Hotel Murano, a friendly staff member will greet you and lead you to a candlelit lounge filled with comfy chairs, robes, and warm neck rolls. Until you're called into your treatment room, you'll relax with a cup of tea and the sounds of soothing music.
Savi Day Spa caters to both men and women, from facials all the way down to pedicures. The signature Savi Facial begins with a warm foot soak before aestheticians move on to customized skin treatments and upgrades such as waxing and micro peels. Massage rooms are also fonts of possibility, where therapists consult closely with clients to select from modalities such as Swedish, hot-stone, and deep-tissue massage to assuage whatever's aching.
It's plain to see that ballet dancers stay in amazing shape, and there are only two explanations: that all of that practicing is great for your body, or that they are all enchanted statues that come alive when dressed in a leotard. Barre253 reveals which of these is the case by transforming ballet training into workouts that help create sculpted bodies with strong, slender muscles. Led by instructors whose experiences encompass Pilates training, physical therapy, and other disciplines, these classes take place in a dancer-worthy studio on a raised floor flooded with natural light.
Rows of students ride a rush of endorphins at The Handlebar Cycling Studio as they pedal away up to 800 calories per session during interactive cycling classes. A team of passionate instructors lead classes on an audio-visual journey, leading a pack of Schwinn exercise bikes as color-filtered lighting, visual queues, and pumping music push pedals forward. Cycle50 classes infuse a dose of much-needed energy into students' days, and monthly Intro to Cycling sessions help correct common mistakes such as misprogramming the consoles or riding stationary bikes in the street.
Sunlight pours onto the exposed-brick walls of the Jowers Training Systems private training facility, where exercise rings dangle from the ceiling and colorful weights line the shelves. Throughout the week, the facility is a flurry of motion as students of all ages and fitness levels undergo high-intensity exercise routines as well as personal- and team-training sessions. Personal-training sessions adhere to the specialty program designed by certified personal trainer and fitness aficionado Jeff Jowers, who combines fat-burning exercises with nutritional guidance to banish unwanted pounds more efficiently than traditional workouts or covering yourself in helium balloons. In team-training sessions, Jowers and his staff bring the same level of intensity, adding an element of teamwork that encourages all students to celebrate each other's successes, work harder to achieve goals, and hit new personal records.
Serenity Spa and Natural Health Clinic's eco-friendly sanctuary wraps well-worn bodies in relaxing energy with an array of holistic healing treatments. The 60- to 90-minute acupuncture treatment strives to release tension and stress wedged, like squatting trolls, along the body's factory lines of energy. Designed to create a spacious tunnel for the chi (energy) to flow, fine needles are delicately inserted into critical pressure points along the physique, potentially helping to relieve allergies or treat autoimmune diseases and pulmonary disorders. Further bolstering relaxation, the 15- to 20-minute aromatherapy foot and head massage works to invigorate the senses with scented oils, soothing strokes, and an absence of heavy-metal music.
Maneuvering on the 16-foot poles at Poledello may seem daunting to anyone but a firefighter, but the fitness pros that teach pole-dance classes can quickly dash any trepidation a student may have. Each staff member each has safety training, and classes are conducted in groups of 10 or fewer students to ensure each dancer gets personal attention when working on moves. That said, the class members include beginners and pros alike—pole dancing can be helpful to anyone seeking increased core strength, flexibility, and enough upper-body muscle to win the annual company wheelbarrow race. From intro classes, to four tiers of Trick and Spin, to Aerial Hoop and Silks, each of their sessions offer a different level or type of sensual dance, with an end goal of honing a tighter physique.