In high school, Hillary Adams stumbled upon a PBS TV special about massage therapy that inspired her to experiment with massage techniques on her friends and family. After graduating from college with degrees in English literature and anthropology, she reignited her teenage passion by enrolling at Bancroft School for Massage Therapy. Since completing massage school in 1999, Hillary has become a nationally certified and Rhode Island–licensed massage therapist who uses 100% natural oils and various modalities to treat clients ranging from pain-stricken weekend warriors to an 11-year-old girl receiving her first-ever massage.
Located inside a century-old Victorian home next to the historic Ladd Observatory, Hillary's Providence office reverberates with soothing new-age tunes by Dean Evenson. She also works out of Glow Face & Body Spa, which houses a massage room furnished with modern decor and artwork. Both of Hillary's locations offer ample parking, so guests don't have to worry about finding a place to park their car or stable their griffin.
Gailes Chiropractic treats a mélange of musculoskeletal maladies in patients of all ages. Doctors Jared and Diana Gailes begin each introductory session with a comprehensive consultation and exam to help pinpoint the cause of spinal stress. The expert aligners then perform two adjustments to straighten stubborn subluxations and manipulate veering vertebrae back into place. Hydromassage offers a more aquatically inclined therapy without the need for nose plugs or floral-print swimsuits. During the 30-minute session fully clothed patients lie down on a waterbed-like table while waves of heated water lap against back beaches to produce a relaxing tidal treatment with adjustable intensity.
Photographer Scott Sylvia has been capturing the precious moments of area babies, children, students, pets and families since 1995. Your one-hour portrait session ($99) will be an exercise in heavenly lighting encased in a soft outer shell of friendly service, as Scott works with you closely to camera-craft portraits deserving of prime real estate on the mantle, in the foyer or projected onto the surface of the moon. Though it takes a trained photographer to focus a camera or a baby's attention, it takes a masterful one to accomplish both at once; Scott specializes in child and family photos, as well as capturing the playful personality of fresh-faced youth in high school senior shoots. At the end of your modeling stint, Scott will arrange the session's most esteemed snapshots into a DVD video montage ($129) that can be shared in person or online to increase Grandma's family-bragging clout. The personalized DVD montage will contain at least 15 images and be approximately one minute long.
Yoga Loft has classes to suit every lifestyle, from full-fledged bodhisattvas to those seeking inner peace and increased flexibility. The stretchable senseis guide the mind and booty through a bounty of yoga classes such as vinyasa, gentle yoga, and yoga fusion, as well as classes for Pilates, tai chi, and African dance. Regularly practicing yoga can improve your quality of life by increasing muscle tone and flexibility, reducing stress, and enhancing wellness. The schedule boasts multiple daily sessions, with some classes starting as early as 8:15 a.m. for the early bird who wants to eat the worm to inherit its meditative properties, and others as late as 6:30 p.m. for the all-day cubicle crashers.
The professionally trained fencing instructors at Rhode Island Fencing Academy & Club seek to develop their students' mind, body, and character through participation in the centuries-old sport. During the academy's classes, students of any skill level may choose to learn on all three Olympic weapons: foil, sabre, and épée. The one-hour sessions generally last for six weeks and each builds on prior material to help students improve their skills on the strip. Two meetings are composed entirely of competition with fellow classmates, allowing students to show off their newfound skills, and the last session is a class tournament.
Rhode Island Fencing Academy & Club, which originally operated as a two-location enterprise, consolidated into one 12,000-square-foot full-time professional fencing studio in March of 2012. The air-conditioned facility features 15 electric strips and zero chandeliers from which swashbuckling fencers may swing. Though the sport finds its roots in the practice of sword fighting, modern fencing is much safer, and the academy has advanced equipment and instructors that hold CPR certification just in case.
The Cheese Plate offers a wide selection of cheese, wines, desserts, and more. Cheese plates are available to fill up your body's dairy chamber and meat tank. The appetizer plate gets you a choice of four cheeses or meats ($12) the plate of the day features an ever-shifting variety of seven cheeses from around the world, and the French plate wrangles delectable selections that may include triple cream Belletoile or a buttery, nutty Cantalet. The cheese connoisseurs at The Cheese Plate have also crafted specialty platters for the seasoned cheese-tongue, including the Ultimate Plate ($20), which contains five fine cheeses black truffle, Roquefort, Limburger, and Humboldt fog, and the Once in a Blue Moon plate ($20), which boasts cheesy blues, dried fruit, nuts, peppadews, bread, crackers, and preserves.