For a few centuries, Carver’s Falls was closed to the public, and it's easy to see how much the area benefited from that solitude. The natural beauty of its forests and the waterfall at its heart have flourished. But today, the tree canopy has been transformed into an aerial playground. Wires cross the sky, connecting tree to tree. Every day, ZipQuest's guides lead birds-eye tours of the pristine landscape on their expansive zipline network or via the Swing Shot that pendulums vertiginously above Carver's Creek.
Whether the lighting comes from the sun or helmet-mounted lamps, no fewer than two experienced guides lead guests through Carver's Falls' 2.5-hour course. Adventurers fly down eight ziplines—each designed for a long, leisurely glide or an adrenaline-pumping plunge—while pointing out local flora and fauna. Groups pause only to disembark on high platforms anchored to centuries-old trees. Floating spiral staircases and sky bridges, the longest of which stretches 210 feet, interconnect the platforms. A suspension bridge carries explorers over the falls to a penultimate zipline that runs parallel to its creek. At the end of the run, guests catch their breath while looking through the pictures their camera-wielding guide took.
Heather Rossio thinks confidence is sexy. That’s why she founded Studio X Pole Fitness—to help women to feel comfortable in their own skin. Here, experienced instructors show students of all levels how to move their bodies with power and grace. Intro to Pole sessions acquaint first-time twirlers with metallic dance partners through basic stretches, grips, and noninvasive icebreakers. Students can then move on to Beginners Pole courses that teach simple spins and transitions, as well as strength training and calorie-torching floor work. The staff recommends that attendees take at least two basic courses before graduating to Intermediate Pole's lessons on climbing the pole, sitting on the pole, and prepping for upside-down inversions. Advanced Pole classes—at the top tier of the pole pantheon—ready tricks, inversions, and spins for gravity-defying routines or actual moonwalks. Additional classes include Chair X-Fit, which tightens the core, hips, and thighs in 50-minutes sessions, and cardio-packed, dance-heavy Zumba classes. To glide and shimmy effortlessly and comfortably, guests are encouraged to don form-fitting shorts and tank tops.
More than 8,000 square feet of space comprise RedPoint, a climbing gym set in a renovated warehouse. Nearly every inch has been set aside for towering climbing walls and exercise equipment to help climbers shore up their skills.
Within these confines, a team of instructors is on hand to teach the skills needed to conquer the facility’s tricky bouldering routes. They can also teach the fundamentals of belaying, which will help you to scale any of the more than 30 onsite climbing stations for top roping, lead climbing, or washing windows on the state capitol building. Back at ground level, you can tone your physique on pull-up bars, rowing machines, and Olympic weights as well as in CrossFit classes, which work on building core strength and overall fitness. The facility also hosts various kid-focused activities such as lock-ins, birthday parties, and corporate retreats for mountain goats.
Dr. Salvatore C. Daniels and his staff perform drug-free chiropractic techniques in order to alleviate pain and to educate their patients about maintaining health. The team emphasizes the importance of the patient taking an active role in their care in order to stay well and stave off current and future ailments. During each appointment, Dr. Daniels explains the benefits and expected results of his noninvasive spine-straightening techniques, such as adjustments and hydro massage, and provides pointers on exercises that keep pain at bay. He tailors treatments to the specific needs and issues of the patient, such as muscle aches resulting from overexertion to sore lower backs resulting from commuting by pogo stick.
Massage Express’s founder, Alicia Tolliver, recognized a need for what she calls “me” time, especially for those too busy to make it into the spa. She now brings the spa to the comfort of her clients’ homes or the silence of their favorite library aisles as part of her business’s traveling branch. The recently renovated Fayetteville studio also welcomes clients into a private treatment room, where Alicia employs pain-relieving deep-tissue strokes or the relaxation of her signature massage, which unites stress-busting Swedish kneading with the rhythm of lomilomi massage.
Behind Mane Issue Spa-Lon's regal Bragg Boulevard façade, hair wizardry is complemented by the neighboring spa and beauty practices of Belissima Esthetics by Amber. Joining the salon in January 2012, licensed aesthetician and makeup artist Amber engages clientele in a fully partitioned and relaxing private treatment area where medical-grade skin products power facials. Amber introduces unwanted body fur to advanced waxing techniques within the pink-walled treatment room, which quickly lulls customers into tranquil spa reveries and freestyle raps about exfoliation.:m]]