Among the highly qualified staff at Inner Peace Massage is a masters-level massage practitioner and licensed massage therapist whose advanced certifications dip into both aesthetic and bodywork fields. Inner Peace Massage’s experienced therapists draw from their toolbox of techniques to target myriad sources of discomfort. Tropical oils accompany relaxing Hawaiian massages, and sports massages relieve bodies that have performed athletic activity and the hard labor of hoisting successful athletes on their shoulders after victories. Ingredients such as Éminence organic skincare products and Hungarian apricot oils feature prominently on the menu of revitalizing facial treatments, and Thai oils team up with peppermint foot wraps and acupressure to give feet a blissful reprieve from the burden of supporting the body.
In their perch above Vineyard 55, Spa Vino on Calhoun’s expert staff provide clients with Eastern- and Western-inspired beauty treatments ranging from acupuncture and massages to HydraFacials and vinotherapy skincare, which incorporates grapes, grape seeds, and wine. While waiting for their waxing, spray-tanning, or microdermabrasion appointments, visitors can catch breezes and sip complimentary refreshments on the spa’s front porch. Spa Vino on Calhoun’s tranquil interior might remind clients of their own homes, with comfy treatment rooms and bare spots on the walls where each client’s family portrait could hang.
Every basketball team starts five players. It's an homage to the harmony engendered by the five-pronged leadership at May River Dermatology, consisting of two board-certified dermatologists, two physician assistants, and one MBA-holding practice administrator. And just as the best NBA teams win games, May River Dermatology wins awards, most recently Bluffton Today's 2012 Best Dermatologist Office award. Their accreditations testify to their expertise in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology.
The group specializes in diagnosing skin cancer and other skin, hair, and nail diseases—their treatments address these ailments. Dr. Carmen Traywick, along with licensed aesthetician Aimee, also performs a variety of aesthetic treatments, such as chemical peels, dermaplaning, acne treatments, and milia removal. To render their roster of epidermal treatments—which is as wide as a piece of taffy stretched to opposite ends of a taffy factory—they make use of an equally wide roster of products, including Obagi Medical, Afirm, Jane Iredale, Vanicream, Latisse, Glycolix and Replenix, and Clarisonic.
Owned by father-and-son duo Lou and Brent, Barbers of the Low Country renders facial planes smooth with old-style straight-razor shaves and traditional grooming products. The Closest Shave Experience preps cheeks with preshaving oils and prerecorded locker-room pep talks before swaddling mugs in a steamy towel. A hot lather then covers stubbly thatches, and a straight razor deftly slices at beards, mustaches, and sideburns, leaving skin more touchable than a velvet synthesizer keyboard. To freshen up newly suave kissers, an application of after-shave lotion caps off the 30- to 60-minute treatment.
Between them, fitness gurus Meghan Harris and Jennifer Wolfe have more than a dozen certifications in fitness instruction, personal training, and health. At TrueFit Pilates and Training Center, they use that background to help students of all ages and abilities work toward fitness goals in group classes covering TRX resistance training, reformer and mat Pilates, yoga, and Zumba. Chatter drifts from one-on-one personal-training sessions, in which guests target problem areas and gain the strength required to rescue a pet elephant from the bottom of a well. In the gym, certified massage therapists knead away muscular aches and stress, and trainers lead Pilates teacher training, which runs through anatomy, terminology, and safety.
Since Victor Jacob received his massage license in 2000, he has undergone myriad life changes, including moving to Hilton Head and recently becoming a dad to seven-month-old twins. At The Hideaway, he strives to create an air of serenity for clients undergoing similar transitions in their own lives. Custom Swedish or deep-tissue massages wring tension from muscles as noses luxuriate in herbal or aromatherapy scents. A licensed aesthetician, Jacob also wields med-spa technology—including a high frequency wand and a sonic cleansing brush—to revivify visages during facial treatments.