Photo by Caitlin Abrams
The lounge at the downtown Minneapolis LifeSpa
The lounge at the new downtown LifeSpa.
Downtown Minneapolis proper isn’t exactly a hotbed for spas. Perhaps the short supply has been a matter of demand: Whereas we might nip into a skyway establishment for a quick brow wax or mani, a midday massage isn’t exactly conducive to productivity. Or is it?
Life Time Fitness is betting that with increasing hours spent at desks and staring at smartphones, more self care is exactly what the corporate gods ordered. The Target Center location recently completed a much-needed $10 million renovation. (Remember Northwest Athletic Club? Enough said.) It includes the addition of a shiny new LifeSpa. Open to both members and non-members, the spa offers an exhaustive treatment menu for hair, nails, and skin, but it’s LifeSpa’s approach to bodywork that sets it apart.
Unsurprisingly, Life Time has designed targeted protocols for active bodies, as well as those who aren’t active enough between 9 and 5. Practitioners know how to care for runners, swimmers, cyclists, yogis, and even iPhone addicts. When I saw Patrick for a massage (90 minutes for $100!), he described a new phenomenon called “forward tilt.” All of that time staring down at the small screen affects more than just your hands, like your lower back and glutes. Couple that with the shoulder and neck issues caused by typing and tensing up about your overflowing inbox and, well, Patrick is a popular guy—particularly during happy hour when people are turning to massages instead of martinis. Not that you have to choose: The remodeled club includes a full bar, too.
If you’re more ambitious, sneak in a workout any time the day of your treatment, when gym access is complimentary. There’s really no excuse when Life Time offers a free Mercedes Benz shuttle through its LT Shuttle app. You’ll be pleased to know you need your iPhone for that. LifeSpa at Life Time Athletic,
600 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-486-3600, lifetimefitness.com