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Best of the West: Readers’ Choice Health and Beauty


Day Spa (E. County)
Sunflower Day Spa, Longmont
You can’t help but relax in Sunflower’s sunny atmosphere. Their professionals help you achieve outstanding skin care and total relaxation. Really, we just need three words: pamper, pamper, pamper.

Day Spa (Boulder)

Essentiels Spa
Clients rave about the Essentiels therapists and technicians, who provide warm, quality service. A locker room, sauna, steam room and lounge complete the experience.

Salon (E. County)
Salon Cosabella, Broomfield
Friendly service in a chic location. The ladies here pride themselves on expert service and a great environment. It’s the place you go when you need a new hue or a few inches taken off.

Salon (Boulder)

Fix Hair Salon
Need a new outlook on life? You might need a
new hair color. Let the specialists at Fix lead you
to the color bar and make you feel like a whole
new person.

Massage (E. County)
Sunflower Day Spa, Longmont
The therapists at Sunflower are amazingly receptive, responsive and professional. Enjoy the ultimate relaxation at their hands.

Massage (Boulder)
St. Julien Hotel & Spa
A beautiful location makes a soothing massage here just that much more enticing. Book a massage…and you may need to book a room for the night because you’ll be so relaxed.

Manicure/Pedicure (E. County)
Sunflower Day Spa, Longmont
Expert technicians and a superbly comfortable, sunny space make a mani/pedi stop at Sunflower a truly indulgent experience.

Manicure/Pedicure (Boulder)
Where else can you catch a chick flick while you
get a polish change? At Ten20, they know what
a girl wants.

Aesthetic Treatment Center (E. County)
Aesthetic Solutions Center for Laser and Aesthetic Medicine, Lafayette
With constant changes in technology and technique, it’s easy to get lost in the world of beauty. Aesthetic Solutions can help you find your bearings—with a tender touch and state-of-the-art technology.

Aesthetic Treatment Center (Boulder)
Avanti Skin Center
Whether you’re interested in laser hair removal, skin resurfacing or body sculpting, Avanti Skin Center has dozens of options and their professionals can help you make the right choices for your goals and lifestyle.

Gym (E. County)
Lakeshore Athletic Club, Broomfield
With indoor and outdoor pools, basketball courts, climbing wall, huge, sunlit weight room, spa, deluxe locker rooms and a high-tech cardio center, Lakeshore provides an opportunity to build your muscles while you build your sense of community.

Gym (Boulder)
There’s a reason why the YMCA has survived and thrived all these years. On top of the activities, outdoor fun and amenities, there are plenty of ways to get a good work out.

Rec Center (E. County)

Erie Community Center, Erie
Erie’s Community Center has become not just a recreation center—but a flagship for a new kind of town pride. But then again, you can also recreate to your heart’s desire. Pool, climbing wall, spinning classes, and workout equipment are just the beginning.

Rec Center (Boulder)

East Community Center
What makes the East Boulder Community Center the best? Two pools (including a lazy river and 150-foot water slide), weight room, climbing and bouldering walls and child care. Take that, other rec centers!

Martial Arts (E. County)

Vision Quest IBBA, Lafayette
Vision Quest was recognized by Black Belt School International as one of the top 200 U.S. schools, and owner Christopher Spann was awarded teacher of the year by the United Martial Arts Alliance. Awards don’t mean everything, but they do mean a lot.
Martial Arts (Boulder)
Trans Martial Arts & Fitness Center
Tran’s is a longtime regional favorite—and their special brand of butt-kicking is taught to young and old, newbie or expert. Go beyond the ordinary with a class in Muay Thai Kick boxing.

Yoga Studio (E. County)
Solar Yoga, Longmont
Hot yoga is, well, hot right now, and Solar Yoga is one of the coolest places around offering this challenging yet relaxing way to sweat it out.
Yoga Studio (Boulder)
Core Power Yoga
With five studios in Northern Colorado alone, plus dozens of classes every day in several yoga styles, you’ll likely find something to fit your schedule and style. If not, take up walking.
Pilates Studio (E. County)
Happy Cat Pilates, Longmont
Whether you like the dynamics of a group class or the personal attention of one-on-one training, Susie at Happy Cat will have you feeling “as supple as a cat.” Meow!
Pilates Studio (Boulder)
Body Dynamics
These legendary health and fitness specialists have been serving Boulder for 20 years not just with Pilates but with complimentary practices including core training, fitball, boot camp, tai-chi and bosu. When the famed athletes of Boulder need to get worked out, they come here.

Chiropractor (E. County)
Dr. Larimore, Longmont
Being in the chiropractic services for 18 years, Dr. Larimore knows his specialty like the joints in the back of his own hand. The man knows his stuff, and by stuff we mean your aching back.

Chiropractor (Boulder)

Café of Life
Get ready to be served a hot steaming cup of wellness when you’re at the Café of Life. Established around the world, they work to spread chiropractics to all types of people—even you.

Personal Training (E. County & Boulder)
Fitness for Living
We have a group of staffers who attend the Fitness for Living boot camps. Not only do they dig the intensity, but they look at a lot better than they used to (thank goodness from the rest of us…we kid).


Lacy is an award-winning food writer and blogger. She lives in Westminster with her family. Google