A stress-free oasis in the heart of the Congaree Vista neighborhood, Studio 29 Massage offers a serene counterpoint to the bustling activity just outside its doors. Inside the studio’s private treatment rooms, licensed massage therapist Kristin Ehlers assuages bodily aches and pains with personalized massages. Baroque accents punctuate the walls of each treatment room, which glow in the same color as the Granny Smith apples that Kristin hurls at backs to break up clumps of stress. Her more relaxing techniques draw on five modalities—including Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone—that tend to sore muscles as dim lights, flickering candles, and aromatherapy oils promote a calming experience for all the senses.
Serenity Begins Within's two massage rooms—Brazilian Rainforests and Grecian Getaways—surround clients with themed décor including a tropical waterfall fixture. Skilled masseuses combine techniques from various massage styles to create customized treatments for individuals, couples, and love-triangles in need of relaxation. Years of studying and practice have fine-tuned the massage therapists' abilities in methods ranging from deep tissue to neuromuscular to oncology massage.
All spa services at Sweet Treat Kids Spa are designed with kids in mind, from ice-cream-scented mani-pedis to chocolate facials. The staff pampers youngsters in a bubblegum-pink room that's large enough to host a group of Girl Scouts, dancers, or cheerleaders. Sweet Treat Kids Spa's mission is to encourage kids to be smart and healthy; the company touts its kiddie spa treatments as rewards for good grades and behaviors.
Princess and Jedediah Thompson have been matching clients with chic and bold 'dos for more than 10 years. They direct a team of skilled stylists who strive to, in their own words, “raise your image from the ashes.” The snips of shears and the snaps of sparrow beaks send dated manes tumbling to the ground during precise haircuts. New styles are enhanced by rich and lustrous TIGI hair-coloring services and high-quality Redken and Framesi products.
The licensed and insured massage therapists at My Magic Hands vanquish tension and soreness from bodies of virtually every age, from infants to seniors. Before kneading out localized knots with focal-point therapy or ranging over the entire back with long Swedish strokes, the staff listens carefully as clients describe their particular issues or how they fell asleep on a pineapple. Unlike many massage offices, My Magic Hands accommodates parties of six people or more for actual parties, be they bachelorette celebrations or birthday fetes, during which the staff massages each guest.
Located in the heart of Columbia, Seven Doors Salon pampers clients with a host of hair, makeup, and skincare treatments. In addition to basic and precision cuts, stylists administer keratin straightening and perform expert color services. Everything is done with high-quality salon products, most of which are triple-certified as organic.