Treating tense muscles is like bargain hunting—it can conserve a lot of money in the long run but shouldn’t be done with the aid of a shady character in a dark alley. Amid soothing décor featuring earthy tones and violet hues, clients of Massage Envy begin their session with an initial consultation that determines which customized massage will provide the best results. For example, a sports massage provides treatment specific to the athlete’s sport, reflexology targets points on the extremities to balance the nervous system, and deep-tissue massage unties knots while relieving chronic muscle tension. Trigger-point therapy alleviates tight areas within muscle tissue through cycles of isolated pressure and release, while a Swedish massage relaxes the whole body with long, gliding strokes. The professional massage therapists at Massage Envy will apply the necessary muscle treatment with pinpoint precision and buttery smoothness during convenient hours, including evenings and weekends.
Just as a doctor's office isn't typically furnished with a stylish chaise lounge and a matching plush sofa, spas don't typically have experienced MDs at their helm. Medical Day Spa of Chapel Hill, however, has both of these things. It's combined the best of both worlds so that its clients can have all the luxuries and attention that come with a spa, but also the therapeutic power of medical-grade treatments.
It's no surprise then that the staff is an eclectic group. The team consists of two physicians, three registered nurses, certified massage therapists, and licensed nail technicians who, together, offer a rich menu of services ranging from laser skin resurfacing to Shellac manicures. The spa also boasts a convenient location just off Franklin Street and the 15-501 bypass, making it easily accessible by car, on foot, or on a bicycle being pulled by a trained pack of squirrels.
Although soothing, massages aren’t just for relaxation—their benefits range from increased circulation to injury prevention. Licensed therapist Shannon Hester understands this, tailoring his services to fit the individual needs of his clients. Relying on an arsenal of modalities and techniques, he painstakingly expunges knots and alien probes cleverly disguised as knots. At Wellness Associates of Chapel Hill, Hester works alongside colleagues Duncan McChesney and Kristine Pita, who tap into their massage-therapy backgrounds to rejuvenate clients.
Abundant By Nature Wellness Center is a spacious, wood-floored facility designed to relax and heal its clients. The studio hosts practitioners that offer visitors yoga, Pilates, and tai chi classes, along with massage-therapy services and hypnosis for healing. Clients can wander the lush gardens outside before heading in for a mat Pilates class, or lie back and close their eyes during a spine-soothing Swedish massage.
After spending more than 27 years tending to patients at Duke University Medical Center, Toni Campbell Shaw decided it was time for a fresh approach to healing. In 2010, she graduated from the Body Therapy Institute, and soon thereafter she opened Toni's Massage. Massage therapy, however, has long been in her blood—Toni's mother was also a therapist and was instrumental in guiding her into the new profession. Now a seasoned practitioner of natural healing, Toni treats patients with a salvo of stress-relieving services that include Swedish massage, myofascial release, hot-stone therapy, aromatherapy, and chair massage. Toni has also completed Reiki I and Myokinesthetics for the Upper Body courses, which she uses to impart such benefits as decreased anxiety, improved sleep, and reduced fatigue. To alleviate any remaining uncertainty about the massage procedure and explain which style of hair best flatters the spine, clients are encouraged to consult the list of frequently asked questions.
Since 1988, clients have visited Flawless Day Spa for custom skincare treatments that utilize a Hungarian product line made with organic fruits, herbs, and spices. Inside recently renovated treatment rooms, highly trained aestheticians rejuvenate faces with services ranging from facials to chemical peels to lash- and brow-tinting. Guests also relax atop cloth-garbed treatment tables during massages, which can run up to 120 minutes and incorporate techniques from modalities including aromatherapy, Thai yoga stretching, and acupressure.