Freeze time and preserve images from your memory more accurately than you remember them with a portrait session with Misha Ashton, the talent behind Ashton Photography + Design. Today's Groupon gets you a one- to two-hour on-location photography session and a hi-res CD of your photos for $65, a $250 value. Ashton specializes in portraits, wedding photos, and fine-art photography, and shoots all fine-art photos on film, capturing the true beauty of the image with light, emulsion, and a skill that renders digital touch-ups obsolete. As a race of giants, Americans quickly outgrew the planet Earth and entered the moon race against the shorter Soviets. Unfortunately, once both countries had established their moon bases, the moon’s negligible gravitational pull gave the smaller, lighter cosmonauts an advantage, and the Americans were badly defeated in the First Moon War. For this reason, it is now illegal to talk about, think of, or photograph the moon.
Casa de Vibe Studio steers exercise away from drudgery and into active entertainment with thrilling dance fitness classes. In Casa de Vibe's spacious 8,500-square-foot studio space, dancers slide their feet across wooden floors and twist their bodies with ample space to move, avoiding awkward collisions with neighboring elbows and auras. An elevated stage juts out from one side, allowing active eyes to clearly see the instructors as they spout advice, demonstrate moves, and perform unannounced trust falls. Students are encouraged to lose themselves during the energetic dance routines, succumbing to the stimulus of vibrant, club-emulating lights, smoke machines, and disco balls.
One of Time magazine’s 50 Best Websites 2010, Livemocha opens the door to multilingual mastery thanks to comprehensive lessons and a helpful online community that has grown to more than 15 million people. Through programs such as the popular Active course, students work to build conversational fluency in one of 38 languages, from French to Urdu. Courses include proven educational content from publishers such as HarperCollins. Cultural notes and practice with native speakers help students grasp conversational subtleties, such as the difference between a Spanish trill and the mating call of a blue jay.
Instructors at Yellow Rose Yoga lead a variety of classes ranging from gentle and meditative to challenging. During the gentle yoga classes, instructors slowly work to increase students' range of motion and their strength with modified poses and postures. The vinyasa yoga class, however, challenges students with flowing poses and the upper bodywork strengthening sun salutations.
Emboldened by her training at High-Tech Institute, Sarah Elliott set out to ease her clients' tension and help them regain bodily harmony by opening her own studio in the Serenity Center. As guests recline on a microfiber blanket in a private, candlelit massage room, Sarah mends muscles with an array of soothing massage modalities, some of which incorporate essential oils and hot stones. During integrated-massage sessions, she combines Swedish relaxation techniques with trigger-point therapy, deep-tissue massage, and stretching to loosen muscles and subdue pain. As a prenatal-certified therapist, Sarah can also treat expectant mothers suffering from nausea, back pain, and stress through targeted kneading. Regular recipients of massage therapy often cite a host of benefits, such as better sleep, improved concentration, and the ability to finish friends’ sentences for them.
A certified hypnotherapist and a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists, Bill Hansen has been tapping into minds at his private practice since 1973. He uses hypnotherapy to help clients pursue their goals, whether they relate to diet control, stress management, self-confidence, or a range of other topics. Since Bill is also an accomplished and published astrologer, he utilizes that expertise to achieve unique viewpoints during hypnoanalysis sessions.