Rev. Marina Lando founded Harmony Life as place where visitors could balance their physical and energetic wellness through a variety of treatments, including medical reiki, aromatherapy, massages, facials, and more. The holistic center also offers locally made skincare products, makeup, organic essential oils, and crystals. Lando is joined by massage therapist Madhuri Challagolla, who has more than 25 years of experience in Western and Indian ayurvedic massage. She offers a range of modalities that include Swedish, ayurvedic, lymphatic, and prenatal massage, and is also a professionally trained yoga teacher. She blends those styles with each patron to help overcome individual issues, such as pain, stress, and muscle tension, and thinks of her work as a complete relaxation experience.
Chakra evaluations identify blockages in clients' energy centers, and Reiki sessions help to stimulate the flow of chi and balance energy throughout the limbs. An infrared sauna uses heat to lower blood pressure and flush toxins through the sweat, and every 30-minute session includes a fresh shower afterward to refresh the client's mind and provide a place to practice standup comedy routines in private.
EPO Beauty—formerly Lovely Lashes—is located inside a private room within CoArt Hair Studio, where certified eyelash expert Sonya Chi applies premium faux lashes with tremendous attention to detail honed across 13 years in the beauty industry. After training and earning her hairstyling license in Chicago, Chi rode Windy City gusts all the way to North Carolina, carrying with her a passion for unveiling and enhancing her clients' inherent beauty. Choosing from a large selection of synthetic and silk lashes of various lengths and widths, Chi carefully adds volume and drama to lids using the technique (individual, stacking, or bridging) that best suits each client's needs. Since extensions are typically shed with the natural lash, Chi recommends touchups to help extend the life of enhanced lash lines and to keep eye fringe looking full and healthy until lids blossom again in the spring. Chi directs her expertise above eye-level as well, consulting with clients in search of wigs and wig-styling advice.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray-tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
The Cherokee Indians are known for embracing nature to promote health and find inner balance. Nirvelli Day Spa?named after a Native-American word that translates to "water child"?embodies this natural path to holistic health with skin and body treatments that use products born of the earth. The spa?s aestheticians restore skin to fresh states with facials and advanced infusion peels, and deft massage therapists assuage the stress of operating a fax machine with a variety of kneading techniques and aromatic oils. Rounding out the team, a chiropractor optimizes physical and spiritual balance by aligning vertebrae with spinal adjustments and doling out herbal medicines.
Cary Med Spa and Wellness, aims to be as convenient for men and women as possible, with a one-stop hub of cosmetic and health-care services. A suite of skin rejuvenation services help clients tidy complexions with facials, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels, while bodies receive royal treatments in the form of laser hair reduction and body waxing. Another goal of the practice is to create comprehensive programs for men and women who want to get in better shape and clean their bills of health. Elsewhere in the facility, board-certified physicians perform general-health procedures and oversee weight-management programs, and specialists assess clients' candidacy for cosmetic surgeries.
Dr. Steven Isadore was inspired to enter the spine-aligning field after chiropractic care helped eliminate his own migraines, an ailment he continues to focus on in his own practice. Dr. Isadore's deft hands—which have eased the aches of dancers at the Carolina Ballet and professional golfers—apply precise chiropractic adjustments to spinal joints, reopening the lines of nervous-system communication more effectively than a heartfelt phone call from the medulla oblongata. Traditional Chinese acupuncture works to optimize energy flow along the body's 12 meridians, and neuromuscular-balancing techniques aim to relax taut muscles and improve circulation.