Spa Moksha's staffers blend the benefits of medical care and spa treatments to create their method of mind-body medicine. They base it on scientific knowledge garnered by a cohort of doctors that includes Dr. Deepak Chopra. On one side of the coin, The Foundation for Mind-Body Medicine specializes in health services provided by experts in modern and integrated medicine. Based on each individual’s body chemistry, the experts design a personal treatment plan that can address maladies ranging from stress and chronic pain to diabetes, allergies, and cardiovascular disease.
On the other side of this coin resides not Abe Lincoln, Ben Franklin, or the guy who makes more money than anyone—the machinist at the US Mint—but the spa portion of Spa Moksha, which approaches wellness with medical and nonmedical spa treatments. The expert technicians employ practices that range from Ayurvedic therapy and nutrition consultations to facials, skincare, mani-pedis, and hair removal via lasers or waxing. The spa staff can also eschew the typical clinical atmosphere to treat clients with massages on the rooftop gazebo, a private space that allows patients to enjoy a relaxing massage amid the warmth of the sun and the kiss of cool breezes.
Inside Omega Life Fitness, fitness seekers can procure a MyZone belt, which keeps them on point by calculating and tracking burned calories, heart rate, and other fitness data in real time. Clients can don the belt during H.I.I.T. classes??interval training classes that emphasize short bursts of intense exercise followed by recovery periods, a method that effectively helps burn fat and increase aerobic capacity. Clients just starting out can practice functional movements, which help the body attain proper function and reduce physical ailments, while the Corrective Exercise Program focuses on choosing proper exercises and performing them correctly. The expert trainers lead participants through intense OmegaFX classes that use functional exercises to help develop strength and endurance in all the body's muscle groups. They also lead yoga and corrective-exercise classes, all within a naturally-lit space that has helped clients attain optimal fitness levels in a safe setting.
Holistic wellness expert April Jones LMT/NMT/MMP has been has been inspiring students of all stripes to work toward greater strength, flexibility, and inner peace for 15 years. She believes that anyone can benefit from yoga, no matter their age or ability level, teaching children, expectant mothers, seniors, and those with special needs. Along with a team of instructors, she leads students through restorative, breath-focused yoga and energizing Vinyasa flows at her studio Silver Linings, which has earned the award for Best Yoga Studio in Al.com's Best of Birmingham 2012. Connecting with her community, April also works closely with local chiropractors, general practitioners, and physical therapists to offer restorative therapies to patients and chronically stiff tongue depressors.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham's Campus Recreation Center opens its doors to the community, encouraging fit-seekers of all ages to get active. The all-inclusive 150,000-square-foot facility has it all: swimming pools, cardio and weight-training equipment, aerobics studios, and an indoor track. For those who like to mix calorie burning with friendly competition, the site also hosts basketball, racquetball, badminton, and volleyball courts; an indoor soccer and floor hockey field; and even a climbing wall. Kids aren't left out of the fun, either. The center hosts kids' day camps, packed with athletic activities and arts and crafts, and welcomes youths to imitate mountain goats on the rock wall or play racquetball in the supervised Kid Zone.
Helena Health Club's members tone up on their own using everything from treadmills to punching bags or with the support of others in group fitness classes. These include everything from Zumba dance parties and Pilates to TRX suspension training and spinning. Those who need extra attention can schedule a personal-training session. As an added bonus, the gym offers onsite childcare, which allows parents to work out without worrying if the leg press is a good babysitter.
Everyone is welcome at Love Yoga. The studio offers two classes per day, including beginners', basic, and heated classes. Open classes lend a workshop aspect to sessions, combining asanas with philosophy and myth. Instructors Kumari and Adam Shirley bring an incredible breadth of experience to the classes they lead, thanks to Kumari's and Adam's background.