Eden Massage’s licensed therapists specialize in relieving pain; they’ve used their soothing skills to treat everything from carpal tunnel and sciatica to headaches and chronic fatigue. If you opt for the deep-tissue/sports knead, one of Eden’s therapists will use firm pressure to delve deeply into muscles and connective tissue to release the tension that prohibits you from bench-pressing goats. The Swedish massage is a lighter technique geared more toward relaxation. It uses long, sweeping strokes, friction, kneading, chopping movements, and gentle pulling of appendages to relieve physical tension, stimulate the lymphatic system, and melt stress into a puddle of biodegradable papier-mâché.
Instructors at Charlotte Martial Arts Academy pride themselves on building confidence and self-discipline in their adult and youth students learning judo, jiujitsu, and other martial arts. These qualities are foregrounded in the Academy creed, which emphasizes "discipline, honor, peace, and respect." Not only does every class cover the proper way to kick, punch, and karate-chop a block of wood into two perfectly whittled black belts, but each also includes lessons on health and fitness. Safety, however, is always the top priority. Though a number of distinct martial arts styles are taught, instructors also combine techniques to equip pupils with the skills for real-life self-defense scenarios.
Senseis Michael Price and Mary Roberts don't merely call upon their years of experience when they're on the mat; they also train continuously to keep their self-defense and teaching skills sharp. In addition to their class curricula, they also also host private birthday parties where a karate lesson, cake, and decorations create a memorable occasion.
If you’re looking for variety, MC3 Salon and Wellness Center doesn’t disappoint with a service menu that reads like an encyclopedia of salon and spa treatments. Led by 28-year veteran Mickey Coffino, the salon’s stylists revitalize hair with everything from simple cuts to keratin straightening treatments. Not to be outdone, the spa’s nail technicians hydrate hands in warm paraffin wax and brush vibrant OPI polish across nails during manicures and pedicures.
As if that weren’t enough, the spa’s licensed aestheticians soothe and restore skin with nearly 20 services for the face and body. MC3’s services extend far beyond what you might expect from a traditional spa—there’s even a 20-minute teeth-whitening treatment that brightens teeth by up to 10 shades to attract strangers or blind unsuspecting enemies.
The technicians at My Red Light Slim use noninvasive red-light technology to target unwanted bulges. Unlike liposuction, the My Red Light Slim system requires neither surgery nor downtime. When combined with healthy lifestyle changes and proper nutrition, this body-contouring regimen zeros in on fat cells to promote detoxification, slim the physique, and tighten the skin.
With padded lime-green chairs lounging on a pillared porch that runs the length of a two-story, century-old wooden house in Dilworth, Folicle could easily be mistaken for a bed and breakfast at first glance. Though they can’t stay the night, guests are encouraged to stop and rest awhile as stylists and aestheticians snip, shade, and smooth their hair, shape their nails, or unknot their muscles amid floor-to-ceiling mirrors that reflect honey wood floors.
Globetrotting salon CEO Edward Woody shares expertise garnered from training with Vidal Sassoon, Aveda, and the Netherlands’ Keune and a sense of style honed while designing dos for Badgley Mischka, Ellen Tracy, and the fashion spreads of several magazines. Visitors who catch his ear may find him ready to point out the salon’s eco-friendly features, such as a shampoo-area floor made from recycled tennis shoes and furniture made from banana plants whose monkeys had already abandoned them.
Alan Threatt, the head coach and NFPT-certified trainer at Just Fit, is his clients? greatest ally. Along with a team of other inspirational coaches, Alan leads one-on-one personal-training sessions tailored to each client's needs. The crew also blasts away calories during group classes, such as Les Mills BodyPump barbell classes that use a low-weight, high-repetition technique to work every major muscle group. Just Fit also offers ladies-only classes, such as the Busy Woman?s Workout and Bridal Boot Camp. To boost results, Alan and team dole out expert nutritional advice.