Transformation II Therapeutics’ dexterous muscle manipulators knead tendons into relaxed, ache-free states with gentle and penetrating strokes. Clients can unload stresses with a Swedish massage session of soft, long movements, friction techniques, and rhythmic manipulations that ease tissues frazzled by heavy lifting or excessive shrugging. Deep-tissue massage recipients bid adieu to nesting muscle knots and aches through powerful strokes that focus on manipulating connective tissues. To foster a relaxed environment, each therapy room is filled with soothing melodies, scented with delicate fragrances, bathed in low candlelight, and accompanied by encouraging words from a whispering drill sergeant.
Massage at Blue Orchid's licensed therapist John Byrd tenderizes tense muscles using hands and hot stones during 60- to 90-minute massages. During a Swedish massage, John showers patients in a range of individualized techniques, as hands ebb and flow over backs like relay-running kangaroos. Patients may request precision kneading or a full-body massage depending on their specific needs. Hot-stone massages begin with a base of Swedish techniques, before John places heated rocks on tightly wound body targets to melt muscles and thaw stubborn knots. Calming music plays during each massage, freeing minds to drift into relaxation and envision rugby players tackling pillows instead of each other.
Owned and directed by Rachel E. Hall, MD, Expecting Well is a maternity spa and wellness center providing services designed to help women experience happy, healthy pregnancies. Mothers-to-be can take care of follicular needs with body-sugaring treatments that can be more comfortable than traditional waxing. Experienced aestheticians de-fuzz areas from brows ($18) to bikini lines ($45), including chins ($18), underarms ($30), and any palmed peaches patrons manage to smuggle into the spa.
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.
HealthSource Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab provides a full range of services for keeping bodies in line, specializing in chiropractic care, massage, and rehabilitation. Massage therapists manipulate distressed deltoids with hands licensed in therapeutic massage and shadow-puppet recitals, relieving stress and tension from anxiety-filled limbs. The chiropractic consultation provides guests with a detailed overview of causes behind specific symptoms, as well as recommended courses of action, all with a greater success rate than using a fly swatter to squash disobedient aches and pains.