Virginia Lee Sprague of Intrinsic Touch Massage Therapy believes a truly therapeutic massage should mold to the client's particular desires and change to address specific concerns. This principle has guided her throughout a 23-year career, inspiring her to customize each session to weed out deep-rooted knots or de-stress bodies with long, fluid strokes. She relies on a vast repertoire, utilizing acupressure, reflexology, and trigger-point strokes and switching from one methodology to the next for an experience more indulgent than a dip in Donald Trump's coin-filled pool.
Laser Lean’s technicians specialize in two noninvasive contouring technologies: Zerona and Venus Freeze by VenusConcept. Designed to melt up to 9 inches off the midsection, Zerona treatments emulsify fat tissue with a cold laser that minimizes pain. Alternatively, the Venus Freeze machine combines multipolar radio frequency with magnetism to tighten and contour skin. This treatment specifically targets the face to leave cheeks and jawlines smoother than a baby dipped in chocolate.
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.
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.
Since childhood, Dr. Christian D. Werness has dreamed of bridging the gap between traditional and complementary medicine. He envisions a world where pain prescriptions are fewer and farther between and where those prescriptions are always legible. At HealthSource of Chapel Hill, Dr. Werness—who holds a doctor of chiropractic degree from Life University in Atlanta—strives to make that dream a reality, treating chronic discomfort and injuries with a patient-centered, multidisciplinary approach. Dr. Werness's current team practices a system of care called progressive rehab, which helps to heal ailments through measures such as massage therapy, rehabilitation, and physician-grade nutritional supplements. Having served as a treating chiropractor for the Atlanta Falcons, Dr. Werness also specializes in sports-related ailments.