After 700 hours of training, the instructors of Bikram's Yoga College at Westminster and Longmont each received their certification from Bikram Yoga's founder, Bikram Choudhury. The team's collective expertise ensures students can safely execute Bikram's 26 circulation-boosting poses and two breathing exercises. During group or private classes, they'll help each student to transition from one stance to another as the studio's heating system incites greater flexibility and a detoxifying sweat. They cultivate a judgment-free atmosphere, welcoming participation from those with no prior yoga or volcano-spelunking experience.
The two Colorado studios host their sessions beneath 10- and 11.5-foot ceilings to foster a spaciously steamy setting. An onsite retail store equips patrons with gear, and a board-certified massage therapist ousts any lingering limb tension with a massage.
Javier Lozano Jr.'s passion for physical fitness began during his martial-arts training. Since then, he's become a personal trainer certified by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and the International Sports Science Association. He's also a black belt in Wado Kai, and a Colorado-state karate champion. Along with his wife Susan, who is a certified boot-camp coach, he shares this passion for fitness with others during intensive indoor and outdoor boot-camp classes. During the always-changing sessions, the Lozanos help clients of all fitness levels sculpt fitter frames using functional movements augmented by kettlebells, resistance bands, and plump sandbags. They aim to further the effects of these workouts with their complimentary nutrition program, which overhauls unhealthy lifestyle choices with practical plans for swapping out bad diets with proteins, whole grains, and nonwax fruits.
UFC Gym?s four fight-centric Denver-area gyms ditch the polished look of wood-floored workout studios for gritty, competitive spaces filled with 150-pound punching bags and intense workouts. Like a baker molding gingerbread men, UFC Gym sculpts six-packs with boxing, kickboxing, and mixed-martial-arts classes. Although instructors and students agree that the gym?s atmosphere may enkindle intimidation in first-time attendees, most experience boosted self-confidence after conquering their first class. Private training sessions further stoke courage with workouts that leave patrons with the exhilaration of having survived 12 rounds in the ring or five minutes in a high-school lunchroom.
Licensed aesthetician Patricia Scarr and the team at Bella In You Day Spa apply years of experience to treat a variety of skin conditions. Aided by all-natural products from ?minence Organic Skin Care, they rejuvenate faces with chemical peels, microdermabrasion, microcurrent facials, and other advanced skincare treatments. They employ red, blue, yellow, green, and plaid LED light to target specific issues such as acne or sun damage, and can help to ease the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and that one spiteful freckle. A licensed massage therapist uses a detail-oriented approach to providing relaxing and therapeutic massages and body treatments, tailoring each experience to the specific needs of that customer.
Allied Healthcare Services' chiropractors, nutritionists, and soft-tissue and yoga therapists pool their talents to alleviate patients' ailments and bolster their health without resorting to invasive treatments. A chiropractic duo, Joshua Vickers and Adam Helie rehabilitate spines with hands-on realignment techniques and thorough back-health evaluations before releasing them back into the wild. Certified as a yoga therapist through the Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda, Carolyn Midland aids clients in easing their mental stresses and loosening their muscles through stretches and poses. Greg Gillette helps patients improve their energy and health with nourishment counseling services designed to meet individual needs.
Spavia Day Spa's staff pampers its guests by doling out muscle-melting massages and rejuvenating treatments using natural products. Guests receive a bathrobe and sandals before each treatment as they wait in the spa's retreat room. Because "relaxation" can mean different things to different people, Spavia specially customizes their treatments for each guest, from focusing massages on problem areas to avoiding the glowing whisker during exfoliating facials. Spavia also offers membership packages that allow for affordable treatments, and provides a free signature treatment for a nominated local hero or community member in need through their Spavia Cares program.