Beauty BuzzJun 01, 2012
The Hot List: Health & Beauty
Whether treating ourselves to a spa day or getting our booties kicked in boot camp, we know we can count on St. Louis to keep us looking and feeling hot.
Story: Jennifer Wells
See the full Hot List feature in the June issue of ALIVE, or in the digital edition.
Best New Workout Class: The Dailey Method
If attaining a long, lean dancer’s body isn’t enough motivation to try The Dailey Method, then maybe cute ballet hair (the bun is back!) and Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”) will be enough to push you over the edge. The winning combination of ballet barre work, core conditioning, stretching and orthopedic exercises will keep you coming back for more. Seeing avid devotees’ rock-hard bodies day in and day out doesn’t hurt either. 1560 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Ladue, 314.569.9073.
Best Yoga Instruction: YogaSource
Yogis may come for the amazing class selection, but they stay for the sense of peace and community offered by YogaSource. The two yoga rooms—one all-purpose class area and the other equipped to handle the intense 85-degree conditions of Power Vinyasa—are filled with ultimate concentration and expert instruction. Although the heated room definitely draws the masses, the list of alternative methods is as varied as it is long. 1500 S. Big Bend Blvd., Richmond Heights, 314.645.9642.
Best Salon: Dominic Michael
Keeping up with the newest celeb and runway trends is par for the course at Dominic Michael Salon. Fashionistas flock to these stylists for next season’s “it” color, supermodel-inspired extensions and blowouts that will blow your mind. Their cuts are truly a cut above the rest, and the knowledgeable stylists have been known for their fashionforward advice and meticulous execution for longer than it took you to finally take the plunge on those straight-across bangs. Multiple locations. 314.721.4230.
Best Massage Therapy: Ginger Bay
It’s not only the variety of massages that makes it stand out, but it's also the execution. Rest assured that whether you’re being pampered with a hot stone massage or relieving stress with a Thai massage, you are literally in good hands. These well-trained therapists understand that it’s the little things that matter—heated pillows, hot towels and full-body cushions, anyone? If you’re feeling particularly indulgent, try the Waterfall Massage, a signature hydrotherapy service. 437 S. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, 314.966.0655.
Best Spa: The Spa at Four Seasons
Stunning floor-to-ceiling windows and posh décor beckon spa guests to stay for just one more treatment— and who could refuse? Instead of choosing à la carte (which is next to impossible), opt instead for the Five-Star Treatment signature package—six hours of the most decadent services available. A steam, bamboo and lemongrass scrub and Balinese Massage are only a few of the services provided in this ultra-luxe indulgence. While you’re there, be sure to take a plunge in the irresistible whirlpool.999 N. Second St., Downtown, 314.881.5800.
Best Boot Camp: Rock Workout
If the thought of a boot camp brings to mind intense images of pushing yourself beyond all of the physical limits you thought you had, then you’re pretty much right on track. Drill sergeant—ahem—we mean master trainer Val Strang has 18 years of experience whipping people into serious shape. From newbies to seasoned fitness veterans, Val and her team continually keep Rock recruits of all skill levels challenged. Think you’ll have this boot camp mastered after a week or two? Think again— because the routine at Rock is that there is no routine. So, just when you think you’ve got the hang of things, the crew will switch it up and keep your muscles guessing at what’s coming next.
3001 Locust St., Midtown, 314.531.7625.
Best Personal Training: Lionheart Personal Training Studio
At Lionheart, you’ll not only get a great workout, but you'll also get a great education. As former coaches and teachers, the staff goes above and beyond to make sure each client understands the ABCs of fitness, so you leave each session armed with the knowledge to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The welcoming feeling is reinforced by the positive, upbeat vibe of the staff who makes even the most apprehensive first-timer feel instantly at ease. 1039 S. Big Bend Blvd., Richmond Heights, 314.452.2392
Best Gym: Santé
Granite countertops and modern design, coupled with an immaculate 18,000-square-foot space, make Santé in the Chase Park Plaza feel more like a spa than a gym—and that’s the point. In addition to all of the trendiest new classes (Power Yoga, Kettlebell, TRX), the gym also offers massage therapy, nutrition coaching and a smoothie station to grab a drink and relax in the Wi-Fi-equipped lounge after a workout. The platinum membership includes special guest privileges, daily laundry and, of course, valet.212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., Central West End, 314.633.3020.
Best New Workout Space: Red Fitness Lounge
We don’t want to just work out at Red Fitness Lounge— we want to spend some serious time there. Sky-high ceilings, a dazzling black chandelier and walls painted in striking contemporary colors make this gym as much of a treat for the eyes as it is for the waistline. The sleek décor—and nightlife-like smoothie bar—bring renewed motivation to those tired of the usual humdrum gymosphere. The innovative setting is further enhanced by the entirely customized personal workout sessions its trainers offer. 139 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.497.8838.
Best Group Workouts: FitChix Fitness Studio
Sure, FitChix is known for its fun and flirty classes (Burlesque Fit, Chair Dance, Cardio Stripfit, Pole Dancing, etc.), but don’t let the sexy fun fool you—there’s a whole lot of fitness happening amidst the gravity-defying pole work and rigorous booty shaking. You might not feel the burn while you’re at class (you’ll be having way too much fun for that), but you’ll definitely feel it the next day while nursing aching muscles you never even knew you had. Multiple locations, fitchixfitnessstudio.com.
Best Calorie-Burning Routines: Sweat
Want a workout that packs a powerful punch? Look no further than Sweat, where the vibe is similar to that of an old-school boxing gym, but the classes and equipment are anything but. Learn the basics in The Puncher’s Class, train like a fighter with The Boxer’s Workout, or take things up a level and watch the calories visibly pour out of you with The Sweat Workout. If you’re a follower of fitness trends, you simply must try the new VibeFit Class. Vibration training is all the rage among celebrities and athletes, and for good reason. Rumor has it this new fitness phenomenon increases muscle power while decreasing cellulite— sign us up! 8011 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.725.2714.
Best Mani-Pedi: Stonewater Spa
As if Plaza Frontenac wasn’t dangerous enough already, now we’ve discovered yet another reason to walk through the doors. The sophisticated setting inside Stonewater Spa instantly transports you from the hustle and bustle of rigorous shopping to a serene atmosphere that’s made for pampering. The staff have been trained to take their time, ensuring that each client walks out satisfied. And, how could we not get behind a mani-pedi that lets you choose your own signature scent for exfoliation from a list of fun fragrances like Honey Pumpkin, Hot Toddy and Orchard Custard? 3 Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, 314.569.2111.
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