A Paul Mitchell signature salon, Twilight Salon & Spa ensures that its talented stylists design and shape tresses according to the most current styles and techniques. Amiable coiffeurs shear strands into soft, feathery layers before applying a nourishing Paul Mitchell glaze, which counteracts frizzy flyaways by assigning each wisp a fieldtrip buddy. The demipermanent clear coat clings to hair for up to six weeks, promoting shine without distorting chemical or natural hair color. Scrupulous nail techs reward digits for grammatically correct text messaging with trimming, cuticle care, and an even varnish of OPI polish during a one-hour mani-pedi service.
The experienced therapists at Asheville Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork enlist organic products and eclectic modalities from around the globe to help alleviate aches and stress. Staff members knead muscles using ancient techniques such as Hawaiian lomi lomi, which utilizes fluid hand movements on multiple body parts at once, and Thai bodywork, a more intense method designed to increase flexibility. Clients can sip homemade herbal tea as soothing music cultivates an atmosphere as tranquil as a zen garden planted on a cloud.
Signature Service: Lomi Lomi Massage
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Pro Tip: Come ready to relax and don't schedule anything after your massage except more "you" time.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a client?
First client, as she was leaving the office, asked [the] second client coming in, "Do you have a massage scheduled with Gary?" Second client: "Yes". First client: "You're in for a treat."
How did you get started in the beauty industry? Did you have an "ah-ha" moment in life?
My wife was experiencing the effects of post-polio syndrome. After going for [reiki] treatments, she suggested that I have a session, too. I was amazed at how relaxed I felt. Our practitioner suggested that we learn it so we could provide it for each other, which we did. I was so taken by people's reactions after [they received] reiki that it led me to attend massage school on weekends for two years. I have been a licensed massage and bodywork therapist in North Carolina since 2006. Working with people on a personal level is far more rewarding than the work I did in the corporate world.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Massage therapy is the work that I was meant to do.
What do a resort hotel and the Battle of Asheville have in common? A sister-in-law. Well, her name at least. Emma Adelaide Clayton was the sister-in-law of George Wesley Clayton, the colonel who defended the city during the Battle of Asheville. The skirmish was fought on the land where Crowne Plaza Tennis & Golf Resort now resides. To commemorate the leader, the resort named their adjoining spa Adelaide Spa.
Though the beauty haven is named after a woman from the late 1800s, its interior is anything but dated. Mod pendant lamps cast soft light on therapists who rejuvenate guests in sumptuous chambers with raw wood beams and thick textiles. Aestheticians balance and tone skin with organic skincare products and refresh bodies with herbal body wraps and organic sugar scrubs. In the salon area, stylists cleanse, cut, and color manes using Redken, Kenra, and Moroccanoil products.
A complimentary robe and slippers await guests before each treatment, as do complimentary beverages and snacks. When guests arrive for appointments, they are also welcome to gargle the alphabet with herbal tea or use the resort's amenities, including the sauna and childcare services.
Aisha Temple, owner and operator of Temple Aesthetics The Sacred Skin Care Studio, combines aesthetic expertise with a passion for herbal and holistic wellness in her natural-beauty services. In addition to being a licensed aesthetician and manicurist, Temple is a member of the Association of Holistic Skin Care Practitioners, a natural fit for someone with a background in herbalism. Advanced microdermabrasion and light-therapy treatments even skin tone and discoloration while reducing the appearance of fine lines, and botanically enriched facial treatments for men and women soothe skin. As a certified oncology aesthetician, Temple tends to cancer patients with organic and natural oncology skincare designed especially to ease chemotherapy’s effects on the skin by using healing touch and herbs. In addition to working from her low-lit, brick-walled hideaway, Temple offers mobile beauty services for bridal parties, private events, and sports teams looking to bond on the road.
Spa Materna’s licensed therapists specialize in pampering mothers-to-be with pregnancy massage modalities, including fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum, as well as Swedish rub-downs for nonpregnant women or men. Beginning each session with aromatherapy, therapists tailor hand movements to suit the first, second, or third trimester, alleviating physical tension, fatigue, and emotional stress at each stage. Fertility massages strive to open and balance bodies in preparation for conception, and a postpartum massage ameliorates the stresses of motherhood and resolves tiredness linked to late-night feedings or daytime feedings while running a marathon.
After each relaxing massage, guests can check out Spa Materna's boutique that is stocked with organic skincare products, mobiles handcrafted by a local woodworker, and the staff's own tie-dyes. Tucked inside a relaxation room, a lending library fills minds with pregnancy-related knowledge, such as which Dostoyevsky audiobook to play for babies in the womb.:m]]