When Maria Espinoza dances, she feels free from both everyday worries and chronic health problems. She opened Dancin' Motion to share this feeling with others, giving the community a creative outlet for dance, art, and music lessons. Instructors lead dance classes such as salsa, belly dance, and Zumba to shake the dust off advanced students' dancing shoes or train beginners in dance basics. Each month at social dances, DJ David fills the sprawling studio space and adjoining outdoor patio, available for private event rental, with the rhythms of upbeat Latin tunes and the sound effects of downbeat Latin legal dramas. During daylight hours, congas, timbales, and bongos fill class spaces with Latin percussion during private music lessons.
Owner Deborah Conyers dedicates her spa to total-body relaxation, offering personalized massages and herb-enhanced skincare services. Therapists customize the massage menu to each individual's particular needs, soothing pinched nerves or vestigial wings with gentle kneading techniques, the application of deep pressure, or strokes that work to repair aching musculature after injuries or strains.
The salon’s aestheticians are well versed in the methods of reviving dry or aging complexions, drawing on an arsenal of anti-aging microcurrent technology, skin-resurfacing treatments, and a menu of facials and peels to address skin imperfections. Manicures and acupuncture treatments fill out the spa’s skin-centric service menu, working to deepen relaxation and help needles to get over their fear of humans.
Certified personal trainer, Carrie Kukuda, pulls from her own weight-loss and exercise trials when coaching her students through kettlebell, boot-camp, or personal-training sessions. Her 45- to 60-minute boot-camp classes motivate exercisers through kettlebell training, TRX resistance work, running, and yoga moves to tone muscles and jump-start heart rates. In addition to exercise, nutrition guidance leads patrons in slimming down with heart-healthy and energizing meals that eschew bacon-wrapped donuts stuffed in bacon-wrapped donuts. Throughout all programs, Carrie inspires participants to soldier on with endless positive motivation and fitness tips for all types of students.
The highly trained therapists at A Touch of Wellness rejuvenate bodies and relieve deep-tissue pains with 30-minute therapeutic massages. During each treatment, licensed body kneaders combine myofacial release, neuromuscular therapy, stretching and other massage techniques to undulate muscles with light and deep pressure, which alleviates deep-seated ailments and transforms unused body carbon into diamonds. With every soothing and elongating stroke, body tension will erode and muscle function will be stimulated, prompting normal posture-maintaining strength and stretchiness. Treating patrons to the most in-vogue of treatments, A Touch of Wellness stays up-to-date on current and new massage techniques and medical fashion trends.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Throughout 45-minute cardio-heavy workouts, certified instructors call out encouragement over the infectious, high-energy music as small groups torch calories during stationary-cycling classes. Exercisers of all fitness levels bestride the shiny fleet of Schwinn cycling bikes, riding at intensity levels suitable to their abilities. Instructors encourage patrons with individual attention, motivating them in a supportive small-group environment that fosters camaraderie and accountability, unlike divvying out the final loaf of bread to fellow survivors stranded on a desert island. While speedily pedaling away, patrons build strength and endurance to videos playing on high-definition screens backed by a heart-pumping surround-sound system. In addition to the exhilarating cycling classes, the studio also challenges patrons with yoga and TRX group-training classes.