Sweet 185’s dedication to natural ingredients is apparent in its organic facials, which rely on plant essences, and its holistic massages, which use herbal oils. The same can be said about its hair removal treatments—rather than rely on chemical-laden waxes, Sweet 185’s experts hark back to the ancient Egyptian technique of sugaring, using an un-heated paste made simply of sugar, water, and lemon to remove hair.
Meanwhile, the spa's oxygen therapy treatments have caught the attention of both the Charleston Mercury and the Moultrie News. Inhaling four to five times the normal amount of oxygen in the air while reclining in the spa's leather zero-gravity chairs is said to promote healing and heighten memory, and is far easier than doing aerobics in space.
After their treatment, guests can peruse Sweet 185 boutique, where staff have handpicked gifts and goods ranging from natural chocolates to jewelry to organic sunscreen. There, visitors will also find Angel Rox clothing made with organic cotton and low-impact dyes, Jurlique creams and lotions that are never tested on animals, and Nadina bath towels, made with sustainably grown bamboo rayon.
Licensed in both skincare and massage therapy, Indigo in Balance's Rosella McGilsky pampers bodies and nurtures complexions with a full menu of spa services. During organic facials and therapeutic massages, Rosella relies on the all-natural bath and body formulations of Dancin' Goat, a line of spa products that she envisioned and still formulates herself. All of her products are handmade on a self-sustaining goat farm on John’s Island, where residents help by grinding down the ingredients with their horns. Regardless of her products, Rosella’s treatments would amount to little without her nimble hands, which she employs to great effect during Thai massages, organic facials, body treatments, and waxing services.
Lordis Loft Salon & Spa is an Aveda salon and spa. With the renowned beauty company's organic hair and skincare products in hand, the Lordis staff pampers its guests. On the salon side, stylists render color services such as partial or full foils and single-process applications, in addition to cuts, thermal styling, and feather extensions. On the spa side, trained therapists perform massages, and aestheticians beautify clients with facials. Massages come in modalities such as hot-stone, prenatal, deep-tissue, or the elemental nature massage, each customized with an Aveda aroma. Facials are targeted to address specific concerns, such as acne or wrinkles and fine lines.
Licensed massage therapist Jeffrey Lundergan induces relaxation at Ancient Earth Therapy using ten different types of massage. Sports massage tweaks the traditional Swedish formula to address athletic injury and increase range of motion, stone massage relies on hot river stones to penetrate deep into sore spots, and shiatsu involves the use of fingers, thumbs, and palms to restore the body’s energy meridians.
Impressions Spa Therapy's licensed massage therapist LaShea Simpson dissolves away stresses with soothing strokes enhanced by aromatic scents. Talented hands de-knot backs using the gentle effleurage strokes of the Swedish technique to coax away the stresses that result from such daily ordeals as burning one's tongue on the copy machine. Warm towels drape across musculature during the treatment.
Under The Bodhi Tree Wellness Center promotes the holistic heath of its clients and aesthetic appreciation with a quaint cottage setting and services with a focus on whole-body wellness. For a spiritual boost, try Reiki, a spiritual healing method developed by Dr. Mikao Usui (a $40 value). For 30 minutes, the Reiki practitioner will place his or her hands at certain chakra points, ramping up endorphin levels. The process transfers healing energy from the practitioner to the client, unlike other methods, which only transfer credit-card debt and acne scars.