Looking for some healthy choices or some ways to augment good health while you’re here?
Perhaps you need an opportunity to unwind with a massage, a facial, a mani, a pedi or all of the above.
On Massachusetts (Mass) Street, you’ll find Salon Di Marco & Day Spa for hair, nails, spa and massage.
Southwind Health Collective has been serving the community as an oasis for hands-on therapeutic services since 1987. Set in an historic building near Downtown Lawrence, they offer acupuncture, Thai Yoga massage, neuromuscular and heart-centered therapy and body work of all types.
Sensor Spa, on Iowa Street, offers a variety of massage choices from Hawaiian Lomi Lomi to Hot Stones or Prenatal.
Maybe a yoga class or a session of Pilates would add to your enjoyment. Drop-ins are welcome at Yoga Center of Lawrence, in their Iyengar-practice-based studios above Mass Street.
OmTree Shala has yoga classes that cover hot hatha, power vinyasa, Sunflow and Heartflow to center your mind and work your body.
If you like it hot, Bikram Yoga offers the original hot yoga at its studio at 711 West 23rd Street, near the intersection of 23rd and Louisiana.
If you want something more energizing, in addition to yoga, Be Moved Studio has “Sweat Your Prayers” sessions on Sundays at 11:00. Find the studio at 2 E. 7th, off Massachusetts.
If your idea of a healthy workout includes elliptical or weights, The Summit, on New Hampshire invites you to “get in, get going and get strong. Here you can also check out the facilities for boxing and kickboxing.
Or how about a jog? Lawrence offers lots of bike, walking and running trails.
South Lawrence Trail is on the outskirts of the city of Lawrence. This concrete trail passes by new residential developments, parks and farmland over its 9-mile length and winds through the Clinton Lake emergency spillway, a deep gorge cut into the rolling landscape.
Recommended parking is located at the start of the SLT Trail located at 3433 S Iowa Street or at the Lawrence Rotary Arboretum located at 5100 W 27th Street which is roughly the midway point of trail.
Another choice, close to Downtown, is the Lawrence River Trail located along the north bank of the Kansas River, mentioned in Outdoor magazine as one of the top mountain bike trials to explore in Kansas. It runs along the top of the flood-control levee. This crushed stone 9 mile trail offers views of nearby farmland and the river as well as the downtown area of Lawrence, on the opposite bank.
In the north, the trail provides access to Riverfront Park, which features a disc golf course, off-leash dog park and a wildlife and native grass preserve. At the southeastern end of the trail, various hiking and mountain biking spur trails provide a diverse range of experiences closer to the Kansas River.
Parking is located on the southeast corner of the intersection of N. 2nd & Locust Streets. This location places you in the middle of the levee trail—4 miles in either direction before you reach a turnaround point.
Healthy food choices are never hard to find in Lawrence, a town that welcomes the vegetarian, vegan and health-loving foodie. The Juice Stop, on Mass Street, will fix you up with a fruit and veggie smoothie with some wheatgrass added (we are in Kansas, after all.)
Vegan meals are tasty at Global Café, where their farm-to-table ingredients are part of their speciality, gluten-free Arepas or South American cornmeal cakes split in half and stuffed with things that are good for you.
You can manufacture your own awesome salad at Ingredient or pick out a delicious rice bowl option at Ramen Bowls (Hawaiian) or La Parrilla (Latin American.)