Fire Mountain’s experienced figure flexers lead a variety of salutary Hatha postures, appropriate for all ages and skill levels, in a studio heated to an optimal toxin-trumping temperature. Posturing pupils are guided through a sequence of muscle-strengthening, joint-limbering, and ligament-tickling stretches designed to refresh the body, and stimulate glands and organs back to law school. Attain physical felicity through the camel pose, which enlivens the nervous system and relieves backaches. Or test your spine with the rabbit pose, during which students engage in an extreme forward-bending stretch while opening their maws to feast on the neighbor’s geraniums. Check out the full class schedule as well as the helpful tips and tricks for first-time hot yogis.
Rather than rely on a traditional soak—which they claim dehydrates hands more than it moisturizes them—the nail technicians at Johnson Nail and Spa soften cuticles with heated mitts. After trimming and shaping nails, they relieve tension with warm lotion and cooling gel, massaging achy muscles before brushing on a coat of vibrant polish.
Pedicures, on the other hand, do involve a brief soak in water before a citrus squeeze and relaxing foot massage. Both manicures and pedicures can be upgraded with extras such as a salt-glow exfoliation, hot-stone massage, and foot or hand mask. The experienced techs also lengthen and fortify nails with artificial enhancements such as acrylics and solar acrylics, the latter of which harness the sun’s energy to allow for more efficient clapping.
Warm, humid air swirls in the blades of the ceiling fans of Bikram Hot Yoga Vancouver's certified Bikram studio, helping to limber up the bending bodies during 90-minute classes. Bikram-certified instructors lead students of all skill levels through the style’s 26 postures and two breathing exercises, each of which build on the last to strengthen muscles throughout the entire body. Their classes are set in a 105-degree studio with 40 percent humidity to enable students to sink deeper into stretches, release toxins via sweat, and imagine they’re in the mouth of a peaceful dragon.
The folks at Shift Fitness Training cultivate a welcoming atmosphere in their enormous studio. The space, which looks like a playground for adults, is flooded with vibrant greens and aquamarine blues that run along the walls and the two-story obstacle course. One corner is stacked with exercise balls, power balls, and massive tires that gave up their dream of joining a clown car. TRX suspension equipment dangles between two sets of stairs, used for training and classes. Shift Fitness has also invested in fitness technology, including a Bod Pod that quickly calibrates body composition as guests sit back and converse with it using conversational binary. During fitness classes, trainers tutor groups in the basics of functional fitness, combine cardio cycling with TRX strength training, or lead them through whole-body Body Fit workouts. For those who'd rather break away from the pack, personal trainers work with all fitness levels, from beginning exercisers to those seeking advanced sports conditioning.
Open Elevate Fitness Gym's door, and you'll encounter an array of tools clients can use to achieve their fitness goals. Trainers stock this intimate space with strength-training equipment and free weights, which they use when guiding clients through personal and group training workouts. Trainers also lead boot camps and Mom & Tot fitness classes that allow moms to exercise while their tots socialize with other tots.
A team of licensed aestheticians and massage therapists keep Cascade Day Spa afloat with their expertise in therapeutic body treatments and skincare. The spa's resident massage therapists release tension and stress from muscles and joints with a slew of techniques, including localized deep-tissue and sports therapy, full-body Swedish and European massage, and reflexology for the feet. Meanwhile, the salon's aestheticians, Tamara, Victoria, Shelly, and Inna, administer nearly 20 kinds of facial treatments, such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and a galvanic anti-aging treatment, which uses electrical currents to trigger cell regeneration and recharge red reindeer noses. For excessive fuzz scattered across the face and body, the skincare specialists use the soy-based Nufree hair-removal system, laced with skin-soothing botanicals and antibacterial ingredients.