The teachers at Nataraja School of Yoga certainly acknowledge and harp on the importance of alignment, posture, and breath. But, to them, the ability to reconnect the mind and body is yoga’s most powerful tool. All of the instructors have passed Iyengar-influenced training in both poses and philosophy, though they lead such class styles as beginner yoga, Very Gentle yoga for seniors, and advanced practice for descendants of the Gumby family. The studio also hosts Zumba classes, a faster-paced dance-cardio workout that sometimes includes weighted sticks for added toning.
True to its location on the second and third floors of Firehouse Place, All Seasons Salon and Day Spa elevates minds and bodies with nature-inspired spa treatments. Goldwell and Aveda products line the shelves in a reception area whose floral décor vies for attention with the purses, clothes, shoes, and handcrafted Elle Cosmetics peeking out from the designer boutique area next door. Back in the pedicure nook, toes take baths in basins of warm water before shedding their calluses and ferrying their owners to one of the nearby manicure stations, where technicians brush fingernails with vibrant OPI polishes. Soft candle lights flicker against the walls of private aesthetic and massage rooms, while out on the salon floor stylists revivify hair with custom European coloring techniques. During the wedding season, the spa’s team tends to more than 75 bridal parties, painting nails, styling strands, and dipping drab white dresses in their vibrant hair dyes.
Shellie Morin always loved helping people, a passion that attracted her to customer-service jobs most of her adult life. It wasn’t until 2006, after her husband suggested giving massage therapy a try, that she found her true calling. Since then, Shellie has gone on to open her own massage-therapy clinic: Sense-Sational Massage. Here, she offers her expertise in five massage techniques: Swedish, bamboo-fusion, hot-stone, fibromyalgia, and seated-chair massage. Clients can choose their massage prior to their appointments, or stop in for a quick talk with Shellie, who can help them decide based on their ailments. For example, stressed clients with tension throughout their entire body may benefit from the long and flowing Swedish massage techniques, while those with fibromyalgia—like Shellie herself—can relax with a tailored session designed to lessen flare ups and decrease overall pain.
The certified tissue tenderizer at Saundarya draws on an array of massage methods to pamper muscles with relaxing rubdowns. During the 60-minute session, patrons will float atop a cushy massage table as the wellness wizard tailors treatments to individual needs from a hodgepodge of modalities, including Swedish, neuromuscular, and deep-tissue techniques. As traditional strokes melt tension, the therapist may apply pressure on hands and feet for reflexology relief, or festoon backs with LaStone hot and cold river stones to foster a strong connection between mind, body, and intercoastal waterways. Each massage technique works to decrease stress, improve range of motion, and boost flexibility.
Despite its name, The Man Cave Barber Shop’s brick façade and spinning barber pole create an immediate image of a traditional barbershop. The menu offers traditional barbershop services such as beard and moustache trims, facial shaves, and line-ups.
Though licensed massage therapist Julie Arbogast runs the show alone at Touch of Serenity, she tackles a wide scope of ailments related to stress or injury. She draws upon years of experience as she practices gentle modalities such as Swedish and prenatal massage, as well as hot-stone treatments that help to melt tension and ice-cream headaches. Deep-tissue massages soften overused muscles, increasing range of motion and decreasing pain.