Students at the Cortiva Institute schools gain a respectful appreciation for the healing potential of massage therapy, which they then pass along to clients in the form of relaxing, massage-shaped memos. Beginning with an initial consultation consisting of a brief interview and verb-conjugation quiz, Cortiva students gain full understanding of the client’s trouble spots and cantankerous knots. Once pinpointed, tense tissues achieve relief with the artful flow of gliding strokes and gentle kneading, resolving aches and Rubik’s cube tattoos to restore a general sense of well being. Clinical and myofascial techniques deepen multilayered sessions by improving postural balance and soft-tissue function to enhance circulation and plate-spinning performances. A supervising faculty member stops by for a few minutes during the treatment to assist student therapists and choreograph stress-relief dances, and post-massage, clients fill out a short form to provide feedback for aspiring muscle-menders.
Classically trained painter Diane Hynes helms Diane Hynes Gallery, where she showcases a variety of her work, which includes portraits, still-life paintings, and murals. Hynes also offers individual instruction sessions on request and hosts group classes in a noncompetitive environment that is open to students of all ages and skill levels.
Yoga Seva Studio's certified instructors guide patrons of all fitness and skill levels through the fundamentals of Hatha-style yoga in a schedule of small-group classes. During beginning yoga sessions, expert benders demonstrate basic poses and strengthen deep-breathing skills until students can blow down a house of straw. Tweaks to traditional postures simplify slower-paced gentle yoga classes, and special-needs classes allow pupils to work at their own pace as long as they can climb from chair to floor without assistance. Yoga for fitness cultivates the growing skills of active learners who have experience and usurped meditation pillows beneath their belt, intertwining movement and breath through sun salutations, balanced poses, and a sprinkling of intermediate poses.
"No boys allowed," proclaims The Underground's website. If that makes it sound more like a playhouse than a gym, that's not an accident. Inside, you won't find any rows of treadmills or the latest elliptical machines. Instead, lights fit for a dance club shine as catchy music plays through an advanced sound system. In this festive space, women of all fitness levels support each other as they throw themselves into a wide range of classes, from the Latin dance–inspired cardio workouts of Zumba to the intense cross-training regimen of P90X. In other parts of the studio, they sculpt muscles via Booty Barre classes, learn to swing from aerial equipment, and work their way up dance poles in hopes of finding the hunky fire fighters at the top.
Multicolored holds dot the climbing walls inside North Wall, granting visitors a variety of gripping surfaces and seemingly limitless routes during their scaling expeditions. Since 1994, the rock-climbing haven has been beckoning climbing enthusiasts to its sprawling confines, where it offers classes and private lessons for climbers of all abilities. Participants can even join teams, in which they can boost their skills for competitions or leisurely scrambles up the noses on Mt. Rushmore.