The roster of high-quality salon and beauty products used at Adorn Salon and Boutique includes Schwarzkopf Professional Products, Punky Colour, Bröö Craft Beer Body & Haircare, and Mineral Fusion Cosmetics. The lineup of stylists, nail technicians, and aestheticians is equally impressive. They include aesthetician Holly Morrison, who was named the best aesthetician in the Mountain Xpress Best of WNC 2012 reader's poll. Typical salon services, such as cuts, coloring, and nail care, are offered alongside more unique treatments including dreadlock maintenance, custom facials, and brow and lash tinting.
Elements Spa's menu of treatments, based on European spa therapies and Chinese medicinal teachings, reflects the interests of co-owner and master spa therapist Patti Beggs, who has experience as a licensed massage therapist, certified aesthetician, and tai chi instructor. During the one-hour signature massage, the light strokes of the Swedish technique follow a path smoothed with grapeseed oil, which has a light texture and high level of antioxidants more popular with skin than reality shows that star sharp-tongued bottles of moisturizer.
A licensed massage therapist and the president of Studio Rejuvenate, Hunter Jones worked as a registered nurse for years before returning to school to learn the stress-melting techniques of massage. He calls upon his wealth of academic and medical experience to ease chronic pain and tension alongside a team of fellow therapists trained in various massage modalities, from the gentle strokes of Swedish to the firm taps of Morse-code lullabies. Hunter and his team also treat soreness or recurring pain with reflexology techniques that target pressure points and deep-tissue strokes that run against the grain of muscles to break up knots of tension. Regardless of the modality you choose, expect to receive expert tips on at-home exercises to help you to further manage pain.
When their own nimble fingers are not enough, Studio Rejuvenate’s massage therapists enhance the efficacy of their treatments with heated pebbles, soothing aromatherapy, and hot or cold therapy courtesy of Biofreeze products. They pride themselves on soothing backs and shoulders of all ages and even dispatch outcall services to those who prefer to remain at home.
Equilibrium Zen Gym's holistic healers continually study traditional Chinese medicine to get the knowledge required to strengthen physiques, not just by treating clients' symptoms, but by healing the root of their problems. Equilibrium's staff of soothers includes George Gantt, who became a Tai Chi enthusiast after a knee injury during his college years, and Ingrid Harris, who left a lengthy career in the business world to become a licensed massage therapist
During the center's reflexology treatment, Ingrid manipulates specific points on the feet to increase the energy flow in the rest of the body. Intuitive massages are tailored to each unique client, and craniosacral therapy balances the body with light touches.
When most people travel, they bring back souvenirs. Mickie Grist brings back credentials. Her studies have taken her from Chicago's Aveda Institute⎯where a talent for cosmetics landed her a full scholarship to study ayurvedic skincare⎯to New York City, where she studied vegan and wheat-free cuisine. She's also made stops in Albuquerque to hone her ayurvedic know-how, delved deeper into raw vegan cuisine in the Napa Valley, and earned a massage therapist's license at Greenville Tech.
Mickie Grist has settled down—for the moment, at least—at Bliss Touch Therapy, where her clients can reap the benefits of her worldly knowledge. By applying all-natural products alongside splashes of Ayurvedic oils, she yields healthy skin tones and textures. She even bookends treatments with aromatic foot soaks and soothing scalp massages, turning them into mini vacations that make up for the fact that Europe is booked solid for the rest of the year. She also renews minds and bodies with lymphatic drainage and craniosacral therapies.
Rather than staying cooped up in a cramped massage room, Angela Faith Hollis takes table and chair massages to her clients' homes, offices, and hotels. She relies on her intuition and more than 12 years of experience as a licensed and nationally certified massage therapist to untangle tense knots. Her repertoire of modalities consists of traditional approaches, such as Swedish and deep-tissue massage, as well as lesser known Hawaiian lomi lomi and Shiatsu techniques. She also offers ayurvedic Indian head massages that help to alleviate headaches and keep coiffures lush and healthy like a well-massaged lawn. When she isn't mending muscles, Angela passes along her knowledge during couples massage classes.