Pacifico Day Spa welcomes clients to a soothing, home-like atmosphere where they can relax and be pampered. Certified and highly experienced technicians offer hair services, nail treatments, facials, massage, make-up, and waxing in this calming and spacious spa.
Certified Rolfer Kimberly Richey eases bodies into balance during 75-minute Rolfing sessions. As opposed to massage therapists, who drive tension from muscles, or chiropractors, who realign spines by advising patients to sleep on a ruler, Richey’s practice focuses on the fascia, the soft tissue that surrounds muscles and connects organs to one another. Direct pressure coupled with guided movements work to release tightness within connective tissues, restoring proper movement to the body as a whole. Continued Rolfing sessions can result in improved posture and mobility, reduced pain and stiffness, and increased circulation.
Magic flows from the fingers of Erin Plott, but she’s not a genie or a concert pianist. She’s the licensed massage therapist who helms Massage Mechanics of South Carolina. Erin funnels more than a decade of experience into strokes designed to ease aches and unearth vestigial dragon wings. She developed her skills at Southeastern Institute, mastering modalities such as sports massage and trigger-point therapy before graduating near the top of her class. Her relaxing Swedish massages teem with long, gliding strokes and percussive taps that enhance lymphatic flow to promote comfort and healing. Ideal for clients with chronic pain, deep-tissue strokes reach deep into the muscle tissue to melt knots and boost circulation. In addition to taming tension at her studio, Erin brings her talents to clients’ homes upon request.
At Zentastic Massage Therapy, certified massage therapist Maggie Duncan and her team untangle muscles with seven different modalities, including Swedish, deep tissue, and warm stone. Inside Zentastic’s serene and private treatment room, clients customize their experiences by choosing from select creams, lotions, and oils and selecting the music for their session. First-timers also have the option to test several of the styles during their initial visit, enabling them to pick a massage that suits their body and a hot stone to take home as a pet.
After a decade spent working in public relations, teaching fitness classes, and playing bass in a rock band, Stacey Suzanne Overstreet longed for a career that would let her impact others on a more personal level. She followed her dream, and opened staceyO studiO - Massage & Esthetics Wellness Spa. Now a licensed massage therapist and aesthetician, and recently returned from advanced wellness training in India, she treats her clients with carefully planned, custom spa services inside her candle-lit studio, nestled in Gold’s Gym.
She sets a soothing tone for personalized massages with soft lighting and music, hot towels, and exotic aromatherapy scents. As she kneads her visitor's muscles with gentle or deep pressure, she may moisturize their skin with Epicuren Discovery oils and lotions, scaring away worries more swiftly than a threateningly brandished tea candle. She also exfoliates dead skin cells and smoothes blemishes using microdermabrasion treatments and PCA chemical peels; and nourishes skin during more than 14 facials that incorporate ingredients such as pumpkin, ginger, volcanic clay, and ground crystals.
Aquarium maintenance might seem like a strange background for an expert in neuromuscular therapy and deep-tissue massage, but that's exactly how massage therapist Lynne Luckow got her start. She decided to change careers after reading about the health benefits of massage and went on to study anatomy, physiology, and medical massage at Aesthetics University. She opened Healing Hands Therapy Center in 1993 and continued her training with renowned professionals in the field of alternative medicine. Eventually, she grew her practice to the point where she was working 12 hours a day, six days a week, roughly the amount of time it takes to give a full-body massage to a really big whale. Luckow knew it was time to expand: the center is now home to eight highly trained massage therapists, who earned it nominations in CityVoter's Best Massage category in 2011.
In addition to performing massages, Luckow promotes physical and emotional healing with Ayurvedic counseling and meditation. She has further rounded out her team with licensed acupuncturist Brenda Sherman, who holds a Master of Science in acupuncture and oriental medicine.
Carved-wood furniture and diffuse track and lamp lighting grace The Pynk Butterfly, where beauty specialists unleash products from the organic brand Mantra as well as the salon’s own label, Pynk Prototype. As guests sink into plush chairs, stylists revamp ’dos with hair services ranging from basic cuts to deep-conditioning and a full spectrum of color treatments.