Near East Yoga Spokane's cozy storefront studio welcomes students of all experience levels to hone their mind-body balance during Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga classes. Studio owner and yoga instructor Charisse Hayes credits the efficient Ashtanga style for enhancing her life physically and otherwise. Having studied in India and the United States, Charisse infuses her personal practice with techniques learned from her overseas mentors as well as experience gained while co-directing a studio in Portland for six years. During classes, Charisse guides students through a sequence of postures that are linked by deep, controlled breaths. The continual movement not only bolsters physical strength and flexibility but also heightens mental focus, self-awareness, and haiku creativity.
The YMCA of the Inland Northwest hosts family-friendly pool parties, welcoming pint-size party-goers to explore a lazy river, splash in the wading-pool playground, and cavort in private party rooms. Fifteen minutes prior to party time, soiree hosts load the party room with refreshments and await revelers for one boisterous hour of cake, gifts, and instructions on avoiding lap-pool sharks. For the next 1.5 hours—the required time period for sanctioned games of Marco Polo—tykes recline in inner tubes for a float down the lazy river or submerge ankles in the wading-pool playground. Posses of tykes blitz enemies with various sprays and self-tipping water buckets, and 30-foot water slides beckon pint-size swimmers and hamsters bored with conventional cage tubes. The YMCA provides fully trained and certified staff members to supervise splashing, but encourages parents or guardians to attend at no additional charge.
Although the massage therapists at Renewing Therapies excel at tracking down stiffness with their bare hands, they find it's often easier just to ask clients where they're tense. They have a conversation with clients before retreating to the warm, comfortable treatment rooms, discussing the benefits and methods of the massage modalities and whether the client needs to relax, alleviate an ache, or merely look at the therapists' spring-loaded fingers. The communication doesn't stop during the massage, however, as guests are welcome to give feedback throughout the session.
Certified acupuncturist and herbalist Connie Christie helps each client achieve long-term well-being through acupuncture and rolfing therapies. She creates balance and harmony in the body by placing sterilized, individually packaged needles at strategic points along the body's meridians. Along with enabling more balanced bodily functions, acupuncture can help relieve chronic pain and improve sleep and digestion. Connie also culls from her fully stocked pharmacy of Chinese herbal remedies to meet each person's specific needs and magic-potion desires.
Helmed by Master Teacher and owner Maria Sevilla, professionally certified instructors at The Pilates Life flex their teaching muscles to give individual attention to each client. The mat and springboard class, limited to eight people per session, suits all fitness levels from retired ranchers to adept acrobats. The mat exercises build core strength, precision and control, and combine forces with the springboard to provide pupils with challenging exercises for the upper and lower limbs. Guided by instructors who have completed a comprehensive certified program including mat, apparatus and anti-levitation training, classes are shepherded with vigilance and encouragement. Classes are available for sign up on the detailed online schedule. Groupon customers can sign up online after taking their first class.
Licensed massage therapist Galina Korovnik discovered a knack for the trade at age 18, when she got a job giving back rubs at a chiropractic clinic. Since then, she has pursued her talents for massage therapy and opened Belladona’s Massage, soothing clients and mollifying muscular aches with Swedish and deep-tissue treatments.