The licensed, passionate therapists at Healing Hands are adamant in their belief that all bodies benefit from massage, offering proof of their conviction with a long list of feel-good services. The Swedish massage is a crowd favorite, featuring long, fluid strokes, gentle kneading, and percussive taps that facilitate a profound muscular calm akin to dreaming about dozing on a beach while actually dozing on a beach. As the name suggests, the deep-tissue massage is slightly more assertive, characterized by concentrated, deeper pressure used to alleviate chronic aches, pains, and misplaced ear infections. Regardless of the chosen style, clients will receive 60 minutes of actual table time.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or cha-cha. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
In six locations around the Charleston area, King Street Grille rolls out upscale pub fare and a few dozen flat-screen televisions. Full of contemporary versions of traditional bar favorites, the menu unfolds to reveal mac ?n? cheese egg rolls, nine types of grilled, hand-formed burgers, and plates weighed down with comforting entrees, such as pork chops and Chicken Madeira. The bar stocks more than 100 beers and its own line of liquor to wash down meals or offer as gifts to the thirsty actors who reenact big games inside the TV. Throughout the week, the eatery pairs good food with good times by transforming its space into a venue for trivia nights, billiards, and live music.
All Natural Smoothies’ blenders whip up frothy potations in a variety of natural flavors to bolster well-being, recovery, and weight loss. Patrons can choose a 12-ounce, 16-ounce, 20-ounce, or 32-ounce cup of a peach-and-mango smoothie, which imparts natural energy that can fuel workouts, study sessions, or mentally strenuous games of Mad Libs. Customers can diminish paunch protrusion with the wheatgrass, kiwi, and lemon swirled into a Go Green weight-management blend or arm bodies against ailments with a Ponce de Leon immunity smoothie, teeming with strawberries and cherries. Patrons can select two fruits, soy or whey protein, and low-fat milk or soymilk to create their own protein concoction, a muscle-enhancement method tastier than bench-pressing economy-size cans of Spam. Baristas can supplement smoothies with diabetic-friendly, sugar-free sweeteners or add additional boosts for energy, detox, or wellness for an additional $0.99 each.
Twist Sports Bar & Grill dishes up a menu of Louisiana-style cuisine and craft suds every day until 2 a.m. in a 5,000-square-foot space with 30 flat-screen HDTVs. Edible excursions begin with chicken wings in more than 15 flavors from spicy habanero to mild-mannered honey mustard ($7.99 for 12). Bread-based noshes include the po' boy, a catfish filet caught between two slabs of french loaf ($6.99), and the buffalo chicken sandwich cloaked in provolone and hot sauce ($6.50). Parched patrons can soak up a juicy cheeseburger ($6.25) with a pitcher of Fat Tire ($10) or a liquor-laden Charleston-tini of passion fruit vodka, peach schnapps, and pineapple juice that's sweeter than a Fun Dip–coated Care Bear ($8).
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