21 years ago, Ellie Herman worked as a professional dancer and choreographer, running her own company in San Francisco. She loved her work, but she had bills to pay. So, naturally, she took on a side job; she became the professional wrestler known as "Ruth Less." As soon as she began tossing fellow wrestlers around, she incurred a serious knee injury that threatened to end both of her careers. Luckily for her, the nearby St. Francis Hospital of Dance Medicine offered surgery-free rehabilitation through Pilates. Ellie did the workouts for months, and returned to her company an even better dancer than she'd been before her injuries. Later, as a masters student at NYU, Pilates once again helped her recover from hip pain. She discovered an ability to innovate within the bounds of Pilates, and resolved to become a teacher.
She opened the aptly named Ellie Herman Studio, where she continues to teach today. True to her inspiration, she uses Pilates as a basis on which to innovate better forms of corrective movement. So far, she's written nine books on the subject. She invented her own piece of equipment, the Pilates Springboard, which compresses the size and cost of the more traditional Pilates wall unit. She also developed a blend of Pilates and gait training, to help people stave of injury by becoming conscious of the way they move their legs in every day life, which helps to prevent things such as rolling ankles or randomly kicking strangers.
Working inside the confines of an old farmhouse, the aestheticians and nail technicians at Cara & Co. draw upon extensive training as they utilizes products from top brands such as Surface, L?Or?al, and Bioelements. The reception area?s fireplace welcomes guests as they enter, encouraging deeper relaxation during facials and massages and preventing mental breakdowns when guests are confronted with numerous hair-color options. Apart from routine hair and nail upkeep, the salon offers specialized treatments for weddings and special events, utilizing an arsenal of styling tools and palettes filled with Mirabella makeup to ensure brides look as radiant as a disco ball with a bright idea.
In the salon?s reception area, staff members assist guests as they peruse house-endorsed products and boutique goods such as handbags, scarves, and jewelry. With such stylish additions in hand, patrons can re-create coiffed, stylish blowouts at home without installing wind tunnels in butler closets.
Back Country Excursions founder Cliff Krolick set up his mountain-biking base camp in 1991. Since, he has designed a mountain biking adventure off the beaten trail in a quiet area of the White Mt. Foothills, where he and his staff greatly enjoy working with all levels of mountain bikers. The 30 miles of trails, accessible with one-day or annual passes, traverse terrain suitable for both novice and advanced riders, from a gently rolling single track to fun but challenging descent peppered with slaloms and tree spring noose traps set by territorial squirrels. Cliff and his experienced crew of savvy mountain bikers guide and teach multi-day mountain biking tours through the wilderness with comfort of their mountain lodge or screened-in backcountry yurt. To ensure that the environment stays pristine for future generations, Cliff donates a portion of annual profits to a variety of local environmental causes.
Studio 54 Salon & Day Spa is committed to beauty from the inside out. The staff members know that a multitude of factors, from vitamin intake to common health problems, play a role in keeping manes and complexions in top-notch shape. That's why its stylists don't just trim away split ends, and its aestheticians do more than merely moisturize skin. The beauty experts also help clients maintain vibrant and healthy skin and hair by referring them to the registered nurse on staff, who performs complete health checks, including measuring blood pressure and screening for diabetes. In addition, Studio 54's staff members offer a range of hairstyles, including options for chemotherapy patients, as well as facials, waxing treatments, and massages. These services utilize vitamin- and mineral-rich ingredients to remove the environment's harmful effects, including sun damage and smog-filled pores.
The technicians at New Glamour Day Spa strive to create an ambiance that is conducive to total relaxation. They focus on banishing stress via guests' senses of smell and touch: they enhance soothing Swedish, deep-tissue, and shiatsu massages with fragrant essential oils, and they aromatize facials with botanical extracts such as lemon and rosemary. The thai herbal massage combines the best of both sensory worlds, incorporating long, sweeping ankle-to-hip and hand-to-shoulder strokes with a heated sachet of detoxifying herbs that can double as a sweetly scented doorstop.
The team uses the G.M. Collin skincare line, combating specific issues with nature-based ingredients such as jojoba oil and orange-blossom water. They also offer exfoliating body treatments, permanent makeup, and eyelash extensions.
Diets, traditional medicine, and exercise regimens all work best when people keep one thing in mind: Everyone’s body is different. Vitality Pilates's instructors, many of whom boast more than a decade of experience, understand this basic truth, tailoring their teachings to individual bodies. They blend both traditional Pilates practice with newer teaching styles in introductory classes, private lessons, and multilevel training classes that may integrate apparatus and prop work. To accommodate those who want to dive into Pilates more extensively, they offer an instructor-training course and a rare copy of Joseph Pilates's high-school diary.