The team at Advantage Healthcare of Charleston knows that, just as pain can have multiple causes, it can be treated in multiple ways. That’s why a medical doctor, a doctor of chiropractic, a nurse practitioner, and a massage therapist are all on staff and ready to tend to clients’ needs. Given their diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise, this team can tackle ailments such as sports injuries from various angles. Like wrapping bandages around your pills before swallowing them, this multifaceted approach can greatly shorten the time it takes to heal.
Claudia's aesthetician training began miles away from Charleston in her native country of Brazil, where she studied Health Education at Anhembi University and worked at spas throughout São Paulo. She brings her firsthand expertise in Brazilian waxing and beauty treatments to each of her five spas, administering a variety of waxing services along with various body treatments, facials, endermologie treatments, and massages. She and her fellow aestheticians also offer threading and sugaring treatments that remove hair without relying on wax. Her passions have driven her to open a network of spas located in North Charleston, James Island, Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, and Columbia.
At MeTime Massage & Bodywork Essentials, the massage therapists do just as their name suggests—they help you take the time to take care of yourself. Here, owner and licensed massage therapist Michell Simmons—a member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals—draws on six years of experience as she soothes sinews with modalities such as Swedish, deep-tissue, hot-stone, and sports massage, all of which can be enhanced with aromatherapy. When the massage therapists aren't kneading knots and relieving tension, they swaddle clients in wraps made from ingredients such as sea salt, Baltic mud, rose mud, and ginger sugar—the same ingredients that go into mud pies at all the five-star restaurants. She also offers facials, body scrubs, and paraffin-wax treatments, which soften the hands and feet.
Salon and Spa DV8's squad of aesthetic authorities dedicate their expertise to embellishing hair and body with an array of beauty-boosting services. The salon's styling stations––which are framed by ornate columns reminiscent of ancient Greek architecture––allow stylists ample space to cut and style hair or give the Lincoln Memorial a crew cut ($20–$45). Guests can dignify their digits with a pedicure that smoothes craggy nail outcroppings and applies a shiny topcoat ($42). Strategic waxing removes hair from chests ($40), backs ($50), and bikini areas ($45) to postpone hostile hair takeovers.
Although they’re greeted by the sound of snipping scissors and the sight of a light-yellow room filled with black leather stylists’ chairs, guests of Natural Image Salon and Day Spa can get much more than just a haircut. In addition to stylists who specialize in creative hair color and keep abreast of the latest trends—such as the feather hair extensions that secret agents use to blend in while spying from trees—Natural Image staffs aestheticians who perform a full range of spa treatments.
These experts dab skin with products made with natural ingredients, relying on botanical plant peels and Swedish body wraps that blend herbs, minerals, and sea clay. As well as pampering skin with Aveda facials and sea-salt-glow exfoliations, the aestheticians render it hairless during waxing sessions. Nail technicians add the final touch to appearances with gel manicures or layers of OPI polish.
Licensed massage therapist Jennifer Dianne Poston honed her healing touch at Southeastern School of Massage, and now sends calming ripples across muscle ponds in her own Peaceful Mind studio. Clients can solicit Jennifer's flowing Swedish strokes to banish tension, or alleviate lower-layer aches with trigger point techniques or deep-tissue pressure.