The friendly staff at Contours, a female-only gym, provides women with manageable 30-minute health solutions and workouts that fit into a busy schedule. Contours uses only weight-bearing, rather than hydraulic, workout equipment, which, like drinking a gallon of milk every hour, has been proven to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. They also offer massage therapy to soothe sore soul-sacks, and ionic foot detoxes, which use reflexology and ionic energy to rid the body of contaminants and aid the natural healing process. After the one-month membership ends, Contours Express is offering a discounted activation fee of $20.11 to become a full member (a $149 value).
Skinsations Health & Wellness Medical Spa owner and licensed aesthetician Michelle Merrix-Gowens has assembled a team of experts to provide advanced anti-aging and wellness services. She performs organic microdermabrasions and seven types of facials with a botanical skincare line whose ingredients nourish skin and enhance the face's ability to yodel. Physicians administer wrinkle-diminishing Botox injections, a massage therapist performs hot-stone treatments or reflexology sessions, and certified thermographer and two-time breast-cancer survivor Jeanne Wilson aims to detect early signs of disease with a digital infrared thermal imaging technique.
Dedicated massotherapist Jean Rowe deftly kneads aching muscles in modalities ranging from the fluid, gliding strokes of Swedish massage to the more intense, targeted pressure of deep-tissue massage. Rowe enhances her kneadings with aromatherapeutic oils and calming music and raids pet-rock zoos for basalt stones to use during hot-stone massages. A Quiet Spirit Massotherapy’s ionic-spa foot detoxes draw out impurities with negative ions, and herbal wraps cocoon bodies with green clay and heated blankets to break up cellulite.
Having garnered certifications from NSCA and AFAA to complement her degree in exercise science, the founder of Armstrong Health & Fitness, Randi Armstrong, pushes clients toward fitter physiques with 17 years' worth of personal-training know-how. Randi rounds out an experienced staff of health experts who captain specialized classes, boot-camp programs, and nutrition seminars. Armstrong's Basic Training Gym permits visitors to fight through lifts in an intimate setting patrolled by professionals, all of whom will readily dispense advice on proper technique and the magic number of reps needed to turn biceps into actual pythons. With a roster of programs that accommodates all ages, athletic endeavors, and results-based goals, the staff strives to remodel figures according to each patron's physical aims.
Massage therapist Nikki Insley knows all about stiff backs. As a former truck driver, she regularly logged long hours of sitting behind the wheel and often found herself unable to move at the end of hauls. She began to rely on massage therapy to extinguish the stiffness and pain that had settled into her lower back, and eventually chose to hang up her keys and become a therapist herself.
Drawing on years of hands-on experience in spas and chiropractic offices, Nikki unties muscle knots with relaxation and deep-tissue massages. She believes that a great massage allows patients to trust the therapist and relax completely, letting go of stressful thoughts and persistent fears that someday, cows will want their milk back.
Although her studio remains as clean as it was in the days when it served as a doctor's office, it has replaced the cold, clinical feel with soothing creams, greens, and browns. A burbling fountain greets clients in the reception area, its gurgling blending with the sound of soothing music as guests enter the blue and green private treatment room.
When it comes to beauty, the pampering professionals at The Finished Look Salon & Spa have clients covered from head to toe—or, more specifically, from freshly cropped locks to prettily polished toes. The spa's atmosphere is quintessentially homey, complete with fireplaces, arched doorways, and even a wood-paneled basement fitness studio where a certified personal trainer helps patrons get into shape while watching motivational reruns of after-school specials. Clients can book massages with the spa's massotherapists that is trained with an associates degree in massotherapy. Each nook and cranny in the salon has a designated purpose, from the naturally lit nail studio to the hair shampooing and styling stations. To help clients feel as good as they look, the spa's staffers also offer relaxing massages and exfoliating body scrubs.