As the most populous city in North Carolina, Charlotte exudes a cosmopolitan energy that can be both invigorating and, at times, overwhelming. Lucky for its 750,000+ residents, the metropolis holds many unique spas and salons, which serve as tranquil havens when city folk need a break from the surging pace of urban life. Urbana Cityspa and Teabar combines two time-tested stress relievers: tea and massage. More than 100 teas, the majority of them organic and Fair Trade, begin to alleviate tension as soon as guests enter the spa. And that’s before employees even begin Asian-inspired massages, body treatments, or facials.

Located inside the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, The Spa at Ballantyne offers a sanctuary within a sanctuary. From steam rooms flush with eucalyptus to saunas of cherry wood, relaxation overruns the entire space, which includes rooms for massage, haircuts and mani-pedis, and cardio workouts. The Ritz-Carlton’s Spa & Wellness Center boasts similar amenities and skin and body services, along with a private swimming pool and whirlpool doused in soothing sunlight.

Modern Salon and Spa welcomes the city-weary into its peaceful confines for myriad salon and spa treatments, but perhaps the most potent calm settles over those who chose the Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage. Designed specifically to eradicate tension at its deepest level, the massage focuses strictly on forearms and elbows for two hours. At Charles Grayson Salon & Spa, an aromatherapy bar serves as the source of rest. Its resident essential oils not only moisturize, but can also ease afflictions such as migraines and fatigue when incorporated into an aromatherapy massage.

Guided by the slogan, “Times are hard…life shouldn’t be,” Georgetown Day Spa’s staff members also eradicates anxiety via massages, ranging from deep tissue to hot stone, but that’s not the only mode of pampering on the menu. They also cut and style hair into flattering ‘dos and tailor facials to specific imperfections, such as acne.

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