With specialized training in the treatment of fibromyalgia, chronic pain, and rotator-cuff injuries, licensed therapist Jen Lambert unwinds knotted muscles with a range of customized massage techniques. Jen sequesters massage clients within a lilac-hued chamber adorned with photos of fresh lavender, ousting tension through specialized modalities including deep-tissue, hot-stone, and Thai yoga massage. Beyond muscle mending, the therapist harnesses Spa Touch skin products to refine statures through exfoliating scrubs and detoxifying body wraps, leaving bodies more polished than they’d be after filling in for a flu-stricken Oscar statue.
Yoga U’s team of experienced instructors offers frequently scheduled 75-minute Vinyasa and Flow-yoga classes that form a tranquil oasis designed to quell the healthful thirsts of bodies and minds; no prior yoga experience is required for any of Yoga U's classes. Heated Vinyasa classes are tailored to active lifestyles and challenge apathetic muscles and joints to melt their stiff, misanthropic ice sheaths during strengthening and stretching poses. Flow-yoga classes offer a gentler alternative, taking practitioners through postures with an emphasis on alignment and slower-paced movements reminiscent of snail-propelled glaciers. Class sizes are kept at 10–30 people, allowing for individual attention and manageable group hugs.
Diving doyenne Una Stites leads a team of nine other PADI-certified instructors, who deploy more than 100 years of combined experience to guide scuba students toward a future of underwater adventures. During the six-person class, instructors impart techniques and tips for subsurface paddling before escorting pupils to the on-site saltwater pool, where tanks and other necessary equipment stands at the ready. Behind a fence painted with a jovial blue octopus, students practice their newly acquired diving knowledge and Morse code dolphin clicks in a safe and friendly environment.
It’s not uncommon to see large, sweaty men pulling trucks across the asphalt of The Training Center Gym’s parking lot. The gym is not only the training facility for many aspiring strongmen, but also the host of occasional competitions. To prepare athletes of every variety for big events, the staff offers powerlifting, bodybuilding, and sports-training services, plus boxing and boot-camp classes. For exercisers who want to go it alone, the facility stocks a plentitude of free weights and fitness machines from Life Fitness, Precor, Cybex, and Hammer Strength.
At Ladies Workout Express, women of all fitness levels work their entire body during 30-minute fitness routines with the help of experienced trainers and motivating music. During the studio’s signature workout, exercisers breeze through a circuit of cardio intervals and strength-training exercises as an instructor doles out personalized tips and words of encouragement. Participants also cultivate fitter physiques using adjustable hydraulic-resistance machines designed to work two muscles groups at once. Eventually, this approach to quick, effective circuit training helps to increase muscle mass in time, which encourages bodies to melt more calories and pop fudge-dipped thought bubbles before they even penetrate cranial barriers.
The Hockessin Athletic Club Massage Center relies on a squad of seasoned therapists to help clients address a variety of corporeal conundrums. A one-hour Swedish massage kneads muscles head to toe with the option of honing in on one to two knotted areas with deep and concentrated therapeutic determination. Like the best science fair entries, bodies are draped with sheets and given meticulous attention, drifting toward relaxation within the tranquil environment of one of the center’s soothing massage rooms. From business executives stressed about their latest wheelings and dealings to athletes looking to pamper their muscles before their next underwater marathon, clients can part ways with the center’s magic-fingered massage experts feeling better and more noodle-like.