The most overworked body part, backs bear both the brunt of celebratory shoulder pats and the burden of Kick Me signs spelled out in fire ants. Stretch beleaguered spines with today’s Groupon to Studio 11 in Tremont. Choose from the following options:
- For $35, you get a one-hour Thai yoga massage (a $70 value).
- For $65, you get a 90- to-120-minute acupuncture treatment (a $130 value).<p>
At Studio 11, passionate staff members draw on yogic principles and techniques to shepherd bodies on the path toward wellness. During the one-hour Thai yoga massage, skilled muscle molders adeptly maneuver bodies through a series of stretches and compressions designed to relieve muscle tension, increase balance, and evict the ghosts of traffic jams past. Clad in loose, comfortable clothing, clients perch on a cushion on the floor as a skilled therapist stretches and massages the body using palms, elbows, knees and feet. Like losing staring contest to a metronome, repetitive movements bust past tense defenses, promoting deep relaxation, helping clenched muscles to relax, and dissipating emotional stress. After one session, clients may notice increases in energy, flexibility, and mental clarity.
Acupuncture sessions alleviate aches and stress while balancing energy levels in the body, promoting natural healing. In a 90- to-120-minute session, experienced acupuncturist Isis Chen Lan Lum inserts slender, threadlike needles into the skin at ailment-specific pressure points, releasing pain and white doves.
History pulses through Lemko Hall, a turreted brick building in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood. Over the past century, it has served as a saloon, a ballroom, and a movie set where stars Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken filmed a scene for The Deer Hunter in 1978. Nowadays, one of the space's tenants, Studio 11, channels an even older legacy: the yoga tradition of ancient India.
The studio's seasoned teachers impart moving meditations that have been passed down from generation to generation via careful instruction and epic games of telephone. Classical Hatha poses help yogis of all levels cultivate strength and flexibility as they learn to center their minds and control their breath. Students steep their minds in yoga's meditative qualities during flowing, breath-focused Vinyasa routines or explore the practice’s athletic side during Ashtanga sessions teeming with dynamic poses and vigorous thumb-wrestling bouts. Those seeking a more private yoga experience can engage in a Thai massage, in which a trained practitioner guides the body through assisted poses and stretches.
Yoga-inspired Pilates sessions revolve around centuries-old isometrics that promote balance and help chisel the core. Students seeking a full immersion in yogic history can enroll in studio-sponsored trips to India, which pair yoga classes with sunset meditations and spiritual discourses.