Equilibrium Zen Gym's holistic healers continually study traditional Chinese medicine to get the knowledge required to strengthen physiques, not just by treating clients' symptoms, but by healing the root of their problems. Equilibrium's staff of soothers includes George Gantt, who became a Tai Chi enthusiast after a knee injury during his college years, and Ingrid Harris, who left a lengthy career in the business world to become a licensed massage therapist
During the center's reflexology treatment, Harris manipulates specific points on the face in an effort to influence the energy flow in the rest of the body and pull any dandelions that have sprouted between the toes. Fine needles penetrate strategic points of the body in order to balance out the distribution of chi during the acupuncture treatment, and vacuum suction teams with carefully placed cups during the massage cupping, which can increase circulation and prime soft tissue for the absorption of liniments and essential oils.
Under the leadership of owner and expert hairdresser Tina Ivy, the stylists at Capello Salon freshen up clients’ hairdos or perform full-fledged makeovers with a range of services. With an arsenal of haircare products from brand names such as L’Oréal and DevaCurl, stylists shape hair with trims, enliven locks with highlights, and perm clients’ hair into a wavy texture without installing wigs made from water frozen at high tide. In addition to styling hair, the team removes it from brows and lips with waxing treatments. Capello Salon also treats customers with hair that is at least 10 inches long to free cuts if they donate to Locks of Love.
While specializing in children’s haircuts for more than 15 years, the experienced mane tamers at Kut-Ups will gladly snip down the hair of anyone in need, while shaping up harried hands with long-lasting shellac manicures. Tote in under-aged heads to thwart unruly locks with the help of a scalp artist wise in the language of kids—commonly referred to by scholars as “Bieber-nese.” Moms, older sisters, or kid-appreciating single ladies can update or sharpen a sophisticated coiffure with an age-appropriate haircut and style, or pamper fun-loving finger shingles with a rejuvenating shellac manicure that will leave digits looking dignified for up to 14 days. Kut-Ups organizes its friendly styling space into two separate studios for children and adults—featuring youth-oriented videos, toys, and décor to keep tots entertained, while providing grown-ups with a mature zone in which to relax and assemble their Legos without having to share.
With its stately columns and spacious porch, the 100-year-old brick exterior of A Cut Above Hair Studio recalls a time when hair coloring was a luxury only beet farmers could enjoy. Luckily, the renovated house—which once belonged to the Payne family, owners of the Payne Music Company in downtown Greenville—now welcomes tresses of all professions into its homey interior. A brick fireplace invites guests to sit for a spell and admire the deep-maroon walls and hardwood floors, or hear antique wooden furniture talk about how long it would have had to walk if it had been able to go to school.
Though the decor is old-fashioned, the techniques and products used in the salon are not. When coloring curls, the experienced stylists focus not only on beauty but on the health of the hair, using the Goldwell line to gently accentuate natural hues. They also share their up-to-date knowledge with cosmetology graduates, helping them to jump-start their careers or newfangled gas-powered hair dryers.
Stacy McCain, help patients to maintain healthy, pain-free lives with non-invasive chiropractic care. Sufferers of stiffness, low back pain, or migraine headaches may reap the benefits of thorough chiropractic examinations, which send the doctors sleuthing over spinalscapes in search of bulging disks and stuck-on “Kick Me” signs. The treatments emphasize progressive rehabilitation, a method which allows doctor and patient to work together to track the effectiveness of treatments.
Photographer Tony de Lorenzi knows that some clients want flattering photographs that capture their best angles, and others want images that reflect the spontaneity of the moment. That's why he lets each client decide whether he will provide direction, orchestrating fetching poses, or snap photojournalistic action shots.
De Lorenzi travels throughout Greenville and Asheville to preserve memories of weddings, create artful maternity shots, and photograph families together. He also holds boudoir-style photo shoots on location in the historic Augusta Manor, playing music in the background to put clients at ease. When he's not behind the lens, de Lorenzi puts on clinics that teach students how to take their own photographs.