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.
Owner and stylist Tami Cote manages a staff of stylists and nail technicians who begin each beauty session with a consultation, tailoring techniques to individual face shape and desired outcome. Products from Goldwell Color and Redken coat tresses in protective formulas and rich hues inside an elegant setting decorated with textured gold walls, tiled floors, and sleek bronze columns. Prior to pampering, high-top café tables host waiting clients as they sip hot coffee and figure out a way to let their split ends down gently.
While images of whirring laser beams still conjure thoughts of technophilic futures, the technology is already hard at work at Fayetteville Laser. There, technicians wield noninvasive medical lasers that renovate bods with treatments ranging from body contouring to cellulite reduction. Their Contoura super-pulsed laser works to blast inches off of abdomens, thighs, and buttocks, and their Irradia laser reduces pain and inflammation associated with chronic illness or thinking too hard about how gravity works.
Before stepping onto the ice or the baseball diamond, members of the Carolina Hurricanes and the Durham Bulls pay a visit to Drs. Michael Peters and Jason Price of Eye Care Associates, who have provided top-notch eyeglasses, contact lenses, and eye exams for nearly 35 years. The vision specialists help rid blurriness from pucks, balls, and signs held by adoring fans. When they’re not gazing into the eyes of athletes, they and their fellow doctors at a network of clinics stay busy correcting the vision of seniors, children, and adults. The company topped Indy Week's 2012 Readers’ Choice poll for best optometrists in the area and received a Standing Ovation award as the best eyecare center in the Triangle in 2012 from readers of Metro Magazine.
When they’re not focused on navigating the complex structure of the human ankle, the skilled physicians of Central Carolina Ear, Nose & Throat call on their advanced medical training to heal conditions that range from vertigo to dry skin. There’s even a pediatric team that tends to younger patients, using appropriately scaled stethescopes to check their heart rates and shouting volume. Medical aesthetician Julie Strickland employs cosmetic injections such as Botox to help her clients achieve their dream look. Once firm and glowing skin is attained, Obagi skincare products and chemical peels can keep it looking fresh for years to come.
Southern Pines' staff of trained medical professionals and suite of cutting-edge procedures quickly and effectively smooth the body's terrain. In the SmoothShapes cellulite-reduction treatment, a rolling tool employs a vacuum and two different laser wavelengths to shrink fat cells, smooth lumpy fat deposits, and stimulate collagen production. Treatments result in firmer, smoother skin ideal for slithering between the couch and the wall to retrieve lost TV remotes. While eight SmoothShapes sessions are recommended for maximum results, many patients experience a noticeable difference after four.