At Aria Skin and Laser Spa in Chapel Hill and Somalase in Sanford, Medical Director Dr. Ajay Ajmani oversees a team of tech-savvy aestheticians who beautify and protect the epidermis with facials, laser treatments, and massages. During microdermabrasions, a skilled technician employs a diamond tip to control the seven seas and exfoliate the upper strata of damaged skin, revealing a youthful acreage of epidermis. Laser treatments for pigmentation correction, hair removal, and skin tightening enlist powerful YAG lasers to beautify the epidermis. Facials reinvigorate visages with an eye treatment, custom mask, neck-and-hand massage, moisturizer, and a restraining order against the sun.
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.
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.
Megan McDonald discovered her passion for massage therapy during high school, where her role as a student athletic trainer required her to untangle the knotted muscles of ailing athletes. After high school, she attended Johnson & Wales University, but she couldn’t shake her desire to pursue a career in massage. With this calling in mind, she enrolled in a massage-therapy program at Southeastern Institute just three days after her college graduation. As a certified therapist, she now relieves chronic stress and strain with massage techniques such as Swedish, neuromuscular, sports, and deep tissue. Megan also offers mobile- and chair-massage services for clients who prefer to stay at home or own chairs in need of a massage.