i’m crazy excited to write this post this morning because i’m about to share with the community i love the best body work -hands down – i have ever received. i have had the delicious pleasure – not once, but TWICE now (considering it’s my been first body work since baby 15 months ago – eek! – this should tell you that it’s beyond worth your time) of receiving a thai massage from the esteemed amy baglan of lifestyle republic. i don’t typically review personal services to the tease community…but i truly feel it’s my DUTY after experiencing this service – it is 100% a must-book service for anyone who is hard on their body.
the very last person i make any time for these days is myself – and i’m flying high on life, it’s ALL good – but there are definitely some lingering body “issues” from carrying kai pre & post labor, as well as some OLD (but still there!) pole injuries. you know how women are…we just deal. well after i had the pleasure of getting to know amy through the couples yoga & massage workshops and yoga dates events she hosts at tease, i was FINALLY prepared to dedicate 90 minutes to my bod and turn the world off. not only is amy’s training and knowledge top notch but her radiance just screams a love for everything that she creates – and i liked that….i definitely felt like i had connected with someone who would completely value the time i was dedicating. the idea of “thai yoga massage” (also called “the lazy man’s yoga”, practiced for thousands of years to achieve a state of well-being with a HUGE list of benefits including deep relaxation, increased flexibility, pain relief, improved posture, easier breathing, calmer nervous system….the list goes on) was pure bliss to me. thai yoga massage boasts healing bodywork combining deep assisted stretching, acupressure massage technique and medatitive breathing to promote full-body relaxation and restoration – all of which i was craving – yum.
i walked into amy’s lohi studio space on a cold late monday afternoon after being pulled in nothing short of a million different directions with work all day. instant ahh. her zen space completely sucked me in (i ended my second apt asking her if i could move in, only half kidding!). after a quick but in-depth q&a, my intensions were set and we began.
amy’s flawless combination of thai massage with western techniques is incredible. it is NOTHING like the lateral massage you are used to. with amy’s way of incorporating deep assisted stretching (tease addicts you will LOVE this) into the massage service as well as her intricate knowledge of acupressure, amy was able to access injured muscles in a way that i’ve never experienced before. she treated my injuries in ways that i felt immediate sense of relief after just the first service. this combined with the terrifically relaxing & therapeutic state the massage guided me into….i was on cloud 9. deep tissue sports medicine body work that provides a spa-like effect has been something i had never found up until this point….and the combination of the spa-therapy results is simply divine.
if you are in need of some body work (wanting to release muscle tension from your pole workouts or increase flexibility), are in need of giving yourself some tlc or are wanting to treat someone else to THE massage of their life, book an appointment with amy. to make the appointment even sweeter, amy has generously extended a discount to our tease community through the end of february (she runs this deal for V.I.Tease members all the time).
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mention that you’re a tease studio client and receive $10 off a 90 minute massage or $25 off a private couples massage class (PERFECT for valentine’s day) through the end of february.
anyone who knows me post-babe knows that i’m pulled in a million different directions, and the very last person i make time for is myself. well last thursday i decided that it was time for some true “me” time…so i handed baby kai to dad, put my computer on sleep, turned my phone on silent and headed into MY personal favorite spot to workout (ok i’m a little biased!) and entered into the dance fit space for sultry yoga.
now….it takes a village to get me into the zone of focus on myself lately…so i was immediately aware of how quickly this class erased my mind and allowed me to focus in-ward. i had such a glorious experience in this class that i decided to interview sarah, sultry yoga’s creator & instructor, so that we could share in a little bit more detail – the concept behind one of my new favorites::
the ladies of tease must check out sultry yoga because it’s the epitome of what so much of yoga is all about – getting rid of pent up junk and letting loose that confident, strong, gorgeous goddess inside of you. yes, tease puts a sexy and flirty spin on yoga, but why be super serious whey you’re centering your chi? come see the fun you can have on your yoga mat!
sultry yoga is ladies only, with sultry music and dim lights. we rock out sexy pose transitions, hip circles, hair flips, trailing hands up the legs, kegel work, shoulder dips…we even crawl & roll around on the floor a bit! we get in plenty of long, lean ab work and take a sweet stretch and surrender at the end of class.
sultry yoginis can expect a full-body slow warm up, then some graceful and lean lunges, and take several rounds through a beautiful flow, stretching the body out long in front of the mirror. we play with arm balance or inversion in each class, then deeply stretch through the hips, heart and legs. we end class laying in a sweet, blissful relaxation, soaking up what it’s like to have that goddess inside of you permeate every inch of your being.
i have SO much fun making the sultry yoga playlists. my favorite songs on my current playlist are “i just wanna make love to you” by louise hoffsten, “come to me” by mark lanegan, “crave you”by flight facilities, and “the only hand to hold” by prefuse 73.
you totally don’t need to be a yoga guru to have a blast and a great workout in sultry yoga! i’m careful to break down each pose with good safe alignment, then give options to take it deeper if you’d like.
WOAH! it’s been awhile since i’ve posted. tease life has been go go go for the past month in preparation for the AMAZING i have been teased showcase and looking forward to the fall/winter. decided to keep things light today in honor of a new shoe order…
the shoes. to wear them or not? such a decision amongst teasers lately lol! i’m updating our web poll this week to be specifically about this subject because i’m curious what the consensus is with our gals & i’ve seen such a split decision with it lately!
i have my very first pair of “dancing” shoes hanging in my locker in the tease basement and i completely smile every time i open the door and see them shining. they were once gorgeous – a sky blue silk with a shining silver stiletto and silver string to wrap around my ankles. they were completely unreasonable haha! i can’t even believe i could walk 3 steps in them without falling, let alone dance in them. since then my shoe choices have become much more reasonable – but still OH so fun and unique….picking out the perfect dance shoe is such an important process! they MUST scream your personal dance style and attitude. they have to accentuate your legs and body type perfectly. they can’t be slippery on the pole and really…..you must be able to stand up in them!
when i dance in shoes, i just feel sexier. i’m taller and i like the reflection of my body in the studio mirrors better. i STRUT instead of walking! better posture. more attitude. i even notice that on days where i plan to wear my shoes to class, i tend to put more into what i’m wearing in general and the makeup i’m wearing….let’s face it ladies, the shoes add that extra element of personal confidence. it’s the same feeling you get after a spray tan – you just fit into your own skin a tad better.
over the past few months of my dancing, i noticed that i decided to dance barefoot more and more. part of it was the advanced technical training i was working – i wanted to be careful landing on a 6 inch stiletto. but more so than that, it just became habit. and really, when i think about it – i’m so sad to not wear my shoes as often when i dance! i actually feel a loss for them – as if my dancing is somehow just a little less feminine or empowering because i didn’t take the time to strap on those lovelies.
i know that other members of the team are feeling this way too. we were so excited to be able to bring back virginia’s “stiletto” (the concept of the class being based on PUT THOSE HOTTIE HEELS BACK ON LADIES!), and roxy star’s sweat & seduction absolutely suggests heels be worn.
i personally have several months ahead of me before i’ll be swinging & inverting again – but when i do, i am OH so looking forward to making a stop by my shoe closet as i head into the studio – picking out my most missed pair and showcasing my tootsies. i may cheat on them sometimes and go barefoot…but there is just nothing like the feeling of dancing a few extra inches higher.
teasers, our shoe supply will be RESTOCKED with all of the classic tease choices as of next week – and look forward to our october intro, the pic above (so adorable with the rhinestone bow!). as always, flip through our catalogues or visit pleaser online – let us know which style you love and we’d be happy to ship it to tease or directly to your door for you.
i’m a little late posting this week as i’ve been swept up into a whirlwind & distracted by some personal inexpectations. i’ve been struggling with the idea of disclosing too much since it’s completely personal – but this blog is completely inspired by the way my week played out so i’m going to share some.
in short for those who aren’t aware, i’m 7 months pregnant and had been thriving. i woke up to some scary setbacks on sunday and spent the following 4 days in the hospital. baby and i are doing great, that strong little guy seems to be completely uneffected by the crazy week! i am physically feeling great as well but am left struggling with all of the emotions surrounding an order of “bedrest” which include but are not limited to the fear of stagnancy, atrophy when approaching one of the most important physical jobs of my life – labor – and mental weakness. my other overwhelming feeling is guilt – everyday i am so lucky that this baby boy is safely staying put to grow strong…if this prescription is truly best for him – than no questions asked, i’m on board. also, there are so many people who would give anything in the world for several weeks or months of non-movement compared to the lifetime they are dealing with. i should be ashamed for letting it effect me negatively at all.
so during the mental trip of this week, i can’t stop thinking about my taste with experiencing sudden non-movement. as a dancer, i hit the floor and MOVE not only for physical reasons but because of the mental outlet and endorphin release i constantly crave. it is my art and my voice. it always has been – either in my head or my body, i am constantly dancing. this temporary “silence” of that voice has made me even further appreciate the importance of dance to my life.
when i was an early teenager and began to dance with the roxey ballet and mill ballet school of new jersey, the directors mark and melissa roxey created the most amazing program called “wheels in motion”. we worked with the matheny medical and education center to provide dance therapy to those dealing with extreme physical disabilities. participating in this was one of the things i have done in my life that i am most proud of. i was lucky to have been a part, i can only hope that my energy helped the people i worked with a fraction of the amount of what i took from the experience. it was amazing to see what dance – whether it meant the simplest stretch of an arm or spin of a wheelchair – could do to lift a spirit.
so….i’m getting more and more driven as the week carries on and i’m sitting with my thoughts. i’ve watched countless “teasers” come into the studio stressed off of a bad day – and leave in mental and physical bliss. i read the “i tease it because…” wall and am inspired by the endless reasons tease is therapeutic. i don’t know quite what my path will be yet – but i will absolutely be dedicating energy towards a program of “tease” therapy – offering dance therapy in the best and most expressive way that i know how. i’m motivated to find a group of women who are in great need of an outlet. the possibility that “tease therapy” could be the physical voice for even one life truly in need is my inspiration.
so i guess this blog is more the start to an idea and my commitment to something greater. i’m very excited for the future & further inspiration and definition on what exactly “tease therapy” can be.
it’s hard to put into words exactly how powerful our back door of the REASONS that we tease it is becoming. because this blog won’t do it nearly enough justice, i can only hope that you each get to visit it for yourselves.
enveloping myself in the power of the colorful back door is quickly becoming one of my most favorite reasons to enter the studio. it’s my new source of energy and inspiration. reading these words is complete bliss for me, better than any cupcake craving i’ve had over the past 7 months.
the wall shows off the teasers strong and unique personalities that i am so lucky to know – with just a sentence or phrase. it is both raw and humorous. honest and beautiful. it includes goals & motivations (who can overlook the picture that virginia posted so that we can have just a little bit more drive every time we change into our fitness gear?!). setbacks and achievements.
thank you, teasers, for sharing your time and the most personal aspects of your life with us at team tease. we are beyond blessed. you are each our “i tease it because…” reasons.
August approached SO quickly this year, 2011 is just flying. Since opening Tease in 2007, the month of August has meant a great deal to me as it marks Tease’s anniversary. And how far we’ve come…
I fell in love with pole fitness and was instantly addicted in 2001 when I decided to take a pole class myself. Attending school in Boulder, I was introduced to a studio called FlashDance studios which was WAY ahead of its time and the pole fitness craze. The studio meant everything to me. My outlet. My workout. My friends. This was my zone and I would have moved in if I could have. The confidence and technical abilities that I received from FlashDance cannot be put into words. This is where I met Tease instructors Jenna & Virginia!
After FlashDance closed its doors and my life shifted towards Denver, I began to use my technical dance education and fitness certifications to teach classes throughout the Denver area…soon the thought of opening my own studio was realistic.
I can remember the exhilaration of preparing for doors opening at Tease 4 years ago. The thoughts and plans leading up to it – the questions, wondering if this dream even possible or if it was a crazy thought. The thought of being able to offer women an atmosphere in which they can love to workout, gain even more personal confidence and make friends for life was what kept me on track. I found the space at 1111 South Pearl (now home to Tootsies Nail Shoppe)…and committed without looking back.
There hasn’t been a day since that I haven’t put 110% of my energy, heart and soul into Tease! In the beginning, it meant kicking it all off - spending sleepless nights painting the walls, learning how to hang poles and mirrors, planning the schedule and spreading the word. I look back at that first year and think what a CRAZY person I was! I personally taught every single class at the studio – 6 days a week, up to 3 classes a day after working a 9-5 behind a desk all day. But it was my baby – and I was already addicted to the concept that I could have a hand in bringing an amazing workout to women…that they just might love and that might just give them a little bit of extra confidence – this was what drove me from the very start.
The studio grew steady that first year as I continued to work relentlessly, the word spread and I eventually hired instructors. Both Samm and Jenna were two of the first instructors to work at Tease – they each witnessed Tease from the beginning so intimately and personally. The energy that was building never ceased to amaze me.
In August of 2009, after realizing that we couldn’t fit a chair class of over 12 and seeing the absurdity of Samm’s growing cardio gogo class of over 10 try to dance full out to her famous “Disturbia” (you remember that right ladies!!!) routine in the 1111 South Pearl Street location anymore, we moved 2 doors down into our current home at 1107 South Pearl Street. And what a wonder the past 2 years have been.
Over the past 2 years, we’ve moved from having a staff of 3 instructors to now 10-14. Our instructors USED to check clients in at the desk as well but now we are lucky to have an amazing team of receptionists and as of November, 2010 a studio manager. I am thankful daily for the amazing team of talent that is the force behind Tease.
My role has shifted during the past few years as well. Although I’m not currently teaching any classes now that I’m almost 7 months pregnant, I typically teach about 5 classes a week instead of them ALL (much better variety for you girls lol!). I spend my days doing so many things for Tease including thinking up new class concepts, planning events, creating the class schedule, answering correspondence, managing my incredible staff, designing and updating the website and all Tease digital and printed advertisements, networking with other local business owners, planning Tease merchandise, planning monthly and one day sales, all back end of the studio, etc etc. I’ve learned so much from my baby that is Tease and love every aspect of this job.
I want to take a moment to give a virtual hug to everyone who has set foot in the studio and believes in Tease. It literally would not be possible without your love and support. You are the inspiration behind my ever-growing vision for Tease and you are the focus for the reason Tease needs to succeed.
I’m so excited to journey into this 5th year with you & discover what is in store for the future of Tease.