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Neuromuscular Therapy

Neuromuscular Therapy is a form of pressure therapy that has its origins in the oriental healing arts of Shiat- su and Acupressure. Utilizing the fundamental principles of oriental pressure therapies, it is a very specific hands-on deep tissue therapy for the reduction and/or the elimination of chronic myofascial (soft-tissue)

pain. This powerful therapy normalizes and harmo- nizes two very important body systems: the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system. It works toward a reversal of the stress-tension-pain cycle and the dis- solving of long-term pain patterns. 
The results are often dramatic: Reduction or elimination of pain, in- creased circulation, more flexibility, deep relaxation, a feeling of well-being and euphoria with more vital energy. This is both a corrective therapy as well as one of the best preventative manual medicines availa- ble to us today.

Neuromuscular Therapy has provided successful treatment for many conditions including:

  • Headaches, migraines, facial or jaw pain
  • Lower back pain, sciatica, or hip pain
  • Back pain, spasms or cramping
  • Arm and hand pain: tingling or numbness
  • Fatigue
  • Leg and foot pain: tingling or numbness
  • Knee pain (from tissue dysfunction)
  • Abdominal spasms, digestive disturbances
  • Whiplash injuries (neck pain and/or stiffness)
  • Kyphosis, scoliosis, or lordosis
  • Sinus pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Poor posture
  • Tendonitis (tennis elbow)
  • Athletic injuries or to increase performance
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Limited range of motion for most joints

Myofascial Release (MFR) Approach

The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach® is considered to be the ultimate mind/body therapy that is safe, gentle and consistently effective in producing results in reducing pain, headaches, fibromyalgia symptoms, and restore motion. This approach consists of the gentle sustained pressure and stretch combined with movement to melt and unravel our myofascial restrictions and enhances our ability to relax, rehydrate and heal the whole body and mind. This essential “time element” has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a gentle pressure applied slowly will allow fascia to elongate. This takes about 5 minutes for each area.

If you feel you are wearing a straight jacket, regular massage isn’t working, but want to continue improving, give yourself myofascial release a try.

We treat a patient as a unique individual to eliminate the cause of the problem to make permanent structural changes, so you have better awareness inside you to have better choices toward your life.

Note: Myofascial Release Approach is a direct contact to your skin and may be involved in body movement, so please do not wear any lotion or oil and recommend that you wear 2 piece swim suit or under garment for your comfort.

Our Goal is to Help you Return to a Pain Free, Active Lifestyle!

Start Healing from within

  • Back Pain
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Adhesions
  • Jaw Pain (TMJ)
  • Painful Scars
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Whiplash
  • Sports Injuries
  • Migraines
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Headaches
  • Neck Pain
  • Disc Problems
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Fibromyalgia

Fall Into Bliss Retreat

Fall Into Bliss Retreat


Do you need a refreshing and rejuvenating getaway? Give your body and soul some TLC in the Rocky Mountains of Vail, Colorado. Fall is majestic and the perfect time for a relaxing reprieve. As a busy summer comes to a close, head to the mountains where you can breathe in fresh air and revive before the holidays kick in! We welcome you to Vail Mountain Lodge, a luxury boutique hotel with top amenities, including the Vail Vitality Center and the award-winning Terra Bistro.

Valid dates: Sept. 5 – Nov. 17, 2017

Offer: Escape to Vail for three nights of bliss at Vail Mountain Lodge this fall and enjoy:

  • (Two) 50-minute Deep Tissue massages at the Vail Vitality Center Spa.
  • A two-hour private guided hike through the fall colors in Vail.
  • Kneipp Rescue Bath Oil Collection: Arnica, Eucalyptus, Juniper, Lavender, Valerian & Hops.
  • $100 Terra Bistro credit to be used at Terra Bistro during your stay at the Vail Mountain Lodge.*

*Disclaimer: Terra Bistro credit must be used for Terra Bistro only, at the time of your stay. Cannot be used at a later date and cannot be combined with any other offer.

Call 970-476-0700 and refer to the Fall Into Bliss package to book.

Total cost: $1,053

Total Value: $1,293 Savings: $240



Dining With Altitude Retreat

Dining With Altitude Retreat

Would you like to dine at Vail’s Top Restaurants for $20.17?

Vail’s Restaurant Week: Dining with Altitude returns September 29 through October 8!

In celebration of this fantastic week of dining, drinking and laughing we’ve created a getaway special. Vail’s Restaurant Week gives you an opportunity to try some of the top restaurants with a wide variety of prix fixe menus and specials for $20.17. These restaurants will be showcasing the delicious and diverse culinary offerings available throughout Vail and Beaver Creek.

The aspens are in full color and the weather is fantastic at this time of the year: warm days and brisk nights, making a getaway even more appealing.

During the day, Vail Mountain Lodge guests enjoy complimentary access to the Vail Vitality Center Club to work off dinner or indulge in a signature spa treatments. Our favorite, the Lu’Lur Ritual, features turmeric, yogurt & Kukui nut oil.

Daily club access also includes your choice of over 60 classes a week including yoga, meditation, Pilates and outdoor fitness.
The Spa offers massage, facials and signature treatments.

Details of the Dining with Altitude package:
Valid Dates- Oct 2 – Oct 9, 2017

  • 3 Night Stay in a Lodge Room at Vail Mountain Lodge
  • 2 Lu’Lur Ritual Signature Treatments
  • Wine Gift Pack: 1 bottle of red wine & 1 bottle of white wine from a Palisade, Colorado Wineries
  • $50 Terra Bistro Gift Card

Total Cost of this package is $1,062

Value of Package is $1457.00

Add additional nights for this culinary opportunity are $168 a night. The rate of $168 is only available if you sign up for the original package.

Disclaimer: Hotel taxes are not included in the package price. Gift cards are Not applicable for a discount on package price- only good for specified service. No cash back for any unused gift cards. Spa gratuities are included


Blake Gould, Fitness Operations Manager

fitness director at vail vitality center

Blake Gould Fitness Operations Manager

Blake is a 2006 graduate of Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, IA. Played football for the BCU Chargers and was a 3 year letter winner at the receiver/tight end position. Received a degree in Sports/Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology. Upon graduating, Blake was awarded as the 2006 Outstanding Sports Science Major award. Blake Gould’s certifications  CSCS, USAW, IYCA SAS1, Ignite360 MasterTrainer


  • Selected as part of the initial class of Ignite360 Master Trainers
  • Have delivered Ignite360 education on a regional basis for trainers and coaches interested in becoming sports performance coach or to enhance their businesses.
  • Ignite360 is the world’s only sports performance based certification and has the most in-depth/comprehensive athlete evaluations and training methodologies.
  • Specialize in overall athletic development ranging from weight loss to speed/agility to power/strength to muscle hypertrophy.
  • Trained hundreds of elementary, middle school, and high school athletes wanting to take their game to new heights.
  • Trained more than 90 Division 1/2 athletes (football, soccer, softball, lacrosse, baseball, basketball, tennis and swimming).
  • Trained 8 professional football players, including the 2012-13 5th leading tackler in the NFL, Jerrell Freeman.
  • Trained hundreds of adult athletes looking to improve their athletic abilities, get healthy, and lose weight.
  • Trained more than 30 elite swimmers, 4 of them qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Trials.
  • Expertise in energy demands, movement patterns, strength/power development, and weight loss.
  • Specialize in adult training and producing results in weight loss and overall health and life improvement.

Hobbies include reading any book that will help me grow, spending time with my wife Becca and two little dogs, spending time with family, fishing, skiing, golfing, working out and watching football.

Contact Blake Gould

Call 970-476-7960 for more information

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Karen Anderson, Yoga Studio Director and Teacher

Karen Anderson has been living in Vail and practicing yoga for over 20 years.  Her yoga practice began as a complement to competitive athletic training, but has become so much more: a way to discover the inner self, to relate better to others, to live ethically and peacefully.

Karen began teaching yoga in 1999 and has advanced certification with Richard Freeman in alignment-based Ashtanga yoga; with Andrei Ram in the hatha-raja vinyasa style of Sri Dharma Mittra; and with Georg Feuerstein in the history and philosophy of yoga.

Karen is certified to teach meditation by Noah Levine in the Spirit Rock lineage. A certified massage therapist, she enjoys the study of anatomy and therapeutic applications of yoga. Karen teaches a traditional, alignment-based practice in a fluid & playful modern context. Karen is a telemarker, backpacker, and travel addict.

Upcoming Yoga Events at the Vail Vitality Center

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Lee Ashley

Lee Ashley first took the Anjali Restorative Yoga teacher training in 2012, and then completed the 200 hour Integrated Vinyasa Yoga teacher training in 2013, both at The Vitality Center with Julia Clarke and Gina Caputo. Vail has been home for Lee for since 1993, where enjoys the mountains and all that they have to offer, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, kayaking and rafting.  His own yoga practice motivated him to return to school, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Wellness and Alternative Medicine, with special focus on Ayurveda, Reiki and Homeopathy. 

Winter Training Program for Cycling Winter 2017

Winter Training Program for Cycling with Jennifer Sage starting Tuesday, February 7th- April 13th. Continuing on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Watch Video Jennifer Sage talking about the Winter Cycling Program for 2017.

Program Details:

10 Week Winter Indoor Cycling Program

Tuesday and Thursday

4:30- 5:30 pm


5:45 – 6:45 pm

$400 for Members

$520 for Non-Members


Jennifer has also provided us with some reading material!


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Jennifer Sage

The Vail Vitality Center strives to provide the most cutting edge programs available today. Research and testing on indoor cycling helped us create our the Winter Training Program for Cycling only offered at the Vail Vitality Center.

The training is designed to improve your body’s capability to sustain energy longer during your rides. Ride faster up our famous mountains, reduce your fatigue, utilize correct energy stores, increase your power, prepare for your bucket list cycling events, and have more fun on your bike!

Jennifer Sage will be heading up this program. Jennifer is a Master Instructor, founder of the Indoor Cycling Association and professional cycling coach.

She has a degree in Exercise Science and is a Certified Personal Trainer, and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. She has been in the fitness industry since the early 1980’s.

As a Master Instructor for the Spinning Company for 12 years, she presented at international fitness conferences and traveled the country certifying instructors and taught continuing education.

In 2011, she created the Indoor Cycling Association, an online educational resource for indoor cycling instructors. The mission of ICA is to educate and inspire instructors from all over the globe on the science of cycling.

Jennifer’s passion for the science behind the pedaling is evident in all her articles, profiles, and conference sessions. She is an avid reader of articles, books and blogs by many leaders in the endurance coaching field, with the goal of staying up to date with new concepts.

Jennifer Sage is determined to find a way to bring these scientific concepts into the indoor cycling realm in order to optimize results, dispel fitness myths, and reduce the possibility for injuries. She endeavors to inspire students to become completely in tune with them as they ride.

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Tracy Long

Tracy is an experienced and caring vinyasa based teacher. She started practicing in 2000 to overcome injury and flexibility issues, and has been teaching since 2008.

Tracy first trained with Mindy Arbuckle where she gained a deep respect for the ancient systems of yoga. Committed to her own growth, she spent several years studying with Baron Baptiste focusing on the power of transformation. Since 2012, Tracy has been blessed to be mentored by and studying under Shannon Paige: a rich and dynamic teacher, poet, and artist, who inspires her to be creative, thoughtful and entirely in love with the giving and receiving of the practice and teachings of yoga. 

Tracy is a versatile teacher, whose big love is teaching foundational classes. Each class offering is thoughtfully based on progressive sequencing to ensure that the student experiences a sense of mastery and self confidence while feeling nurtured and supported throughout the practice. 

Tracy is a 500 hour certified teacher in the School of Embodied Poetics founded by Shannon Paige.

Tracy answers some of your questions.

My role at the Vail Vitality Center: yoga and barre teacher

Why I like V.C: I like being a part of an expert group of teachers. The level of the instruction offered is very high.

Why I teach yoga: It is essential that I feel I have an opportunity to help people and make a difference in people’s lives. Yoga gives me that gift. I realize I could be sitting in a cubicle somewhere making a bunch more money, but I am so dang happy teaching yoga, I can’t imagine doing that.

5 myths about yoga: 

1) yoga teachers are flaky. Some are, some aren’t, just like all people. Remember yoga teachers are humans, too. I know at the VC our teachers are very committed and we take our professionalism seriously.

2) yoga is hippy dippy out there stuff. The physical practice of yoga is concrete: put your right foot here and stick your arms there. This specific and focused movement creates a heightened state of awareness: presence. 

3) I can’t touch my toes; I’m not flexible enough to do yoga. Well, if this is you, that is a compelling reason to start doing yoga for the sake of injury prevention. The only pre-requisite to doing yoga is to show up and start.

4) yoga is a religion. Really? My perspective is that yoga is an invitation to self study. How am I moving and breathing and being? Will this help me in my health and my life? Every day that I have practiced in the last 15 years that answer has been yes, so I keep coming back.

5) yoga is expensive. Personally, I think it is way less expensive (and fun) than going to the doctor, being on lots of medications, and going to the hospital. 

What do I treat? I’m the right teacher for brand spanking new yoga students, alignment geeks, and practitioners who suffer from bouts of self doubt. Me too! I’m like you. 

What’s my favorite activity to reduce stress? Aside from yoga? Walking my dogs out on a trail, soaking up nature.

What’s the most important thing you can tell someone about health? Take a deep breath! and then do that again.

Who is my role model? I don’t know about a role model- I’m working pretty darn hard at becoming more and more of myself. BUT I can say my students are always my biggest teachers.

Nicole Mucciolo

Nicole has been practicing yoga for more than half her life and finally took the plunge and completed the Integrated Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in 2013 here at The Vitality Center, studying under Gina Caputo and Julia Clarke. In her experience, yoga has helped her dissuade negative self-talk and improve her self-confidence while consistently finding the playful in everything.  Her classes showcase her experience as a professional ski instructor, a childhood in dance and an infectious energy all her own.