Once an international gymnastics competitor, Ken Haas had to turn away from the tumbling lifestyle after his body began to ache. Sports orthopedists couldn't determine what was wrong, he told Charlotte Today, but a kinesiologist finally helped him through alternative methods—methods that Ken, now Dr. Haas, employs at Haas Wellness Center. Understandably, applied kinesiology remains one of the center's major focuses. This system tests for muscle responses throughout the body, scouting for weaknesses that could indicate treatable conditions. Its techniques can even incorporate teachings from acupuncture and nutrition for a truly holistic approach.
Dr. Haas's other services run the gamut from screenings for environmental toxins to natural weight-loss programs and low-level-laser therapy, a purported pain deterrent. Trigger-point therapy, myofascial-release work, and essential oils all contribute to the center's signature massage, and craniosacral therapy employs extremely gentle touch—no more than the weight of a nickel—to try and relieve imbalanced nervous systems, a more relaxing method than shouting into your ear for your brain to "stay calm!"
Zen Massage’s friendly, licensed therapists will knead your back into doughy bliss with 90 minutes of connective strokes. Swedish massage is the most popular type of knead. It stimulates circulation and reduces emotional and physical stress by melting tense muscles like the sun melts scoops of ice cream. Each massage is customized to patient preferences; therapists can use light, medium, or firm pressure. While your back’s bothers are pounded away, essential oil aromatherapy soothes the senses and refreshes the atmosphere. After Zen Massage's pampering, stress will be evicted from your tissues and forced to take up residence in stray dog's eyelashes. Invest in yourself with today’s Groupon, or buy multiples as gifts for your horseback riding team. You must call ahead to make an appointment.
For more than a decade, aesthetician Debi Callari has worked in the medical-skincare and spa industry, where she focuses on helping clients obtain healthy skin. Now, Debi continues her passion for aesthetics as she helms her spa, Skin 2 N V. Clients recline on a comfortable treatment table as Debi analyzes their skin before mixing and matching PCA and Pevonia skincare products that are used in more than 15 types of facial treatments. Some sessions are also enhanced with high-frequency, ultrasound, and LED-light-therapy technology, which help restore complexions to a smoother appearance. Debi also offers full-body waxing services, a selection of hand-designed jewelry, and Gelish manicures designed to remain chip-free for up to three weeks and several catfish-noodling outings.
Shea Gipson is the face behind Real-Eyez Beauty, but around town, most people just know her as "The Lash Lady". A board-certified medical assistant, licensed aesthetician, and certified eyelash technician, she knows there's no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to enhancing lashes. And so, she offers her customers numerous avenues by which to boost the power of each sultry glance. Traditionalists may prefer a simple lash tint in the hue of their choice, while those looking for some extra oomph can try semi-permanent extensions, individual lashes, or even a Lash Lift, which lengthens and shapes the natural lashes, and helps them keep their new curve for up to two months. To complement fuller, darker eye fringe, Shea also shapes brows by waxing or threading away errant hairs, and she can put eye pencils out of work by tinting brows in a natural-looking shade.
Patrons at Elements Massage pair up with the therapist best qualified to address specific personal issues and concerns. Therapists then spend time with clients, gathering information about their conditions before customizing massages. During the massage, the therapists intuitively blend a variety of modalities, such as deep tissue, Swedish, and trigger-point therapy.
Throughout the process, the therapist keeps communication going. The team uses a system of levels by which clients can communicate the desired level of pressure; level 1 corresponds to long, light strokes over surficial muscles, and level 4 uses some force to root out embedded knots or get information from a balloon animal. Through this system, the therapist can get at all depths of tension while remaining well within the client’s comfort zone.
The stylists at Xtensions work skillfully with ethnic hair, taming tight curls and frizz with eco-friendly keratin treatments or clipping strands into manageable, natural hairstyles. They boast 15 years of experience with relaxers, color services, haircuts, and weave styles that seamlessly add length and dimension. Their expertise also extends into braiding, as they plait strands into intricate pixie braids, box braids, and braids that tie friends’ heads together forever. The family-oriented salon caters to men, women, and children alike.