As soon as you slip into your robe and slippers and hear the calming music at MG's Grand Day Spa, you begin to notice stress and tension melt away. Between soothing spa or salon treatments—perhaps a milk-and-honey hydrotherapy bath or a facial with Pevonia botanical products, caviar extract, or essence of pearl—listen to a trickling fountain as you savor a light lunch on the open garden terrace. Full-body exfoliations with tangerine- or lavender-infused sea salt leave skin smooth and glowing, and a Misty Rain massage beneath the Vichy shower inspires gargled versions of "I Feel Pretty." Afterward, retreat to the relaxation area to reprise the song at the spa's grand piano.
Airmid's licensed massage therapist specializes in a number of massage styles, including both therapeutic modalities and spa-style services. She's worked with swimmers, cyclists, and football players to help their bodies perform and excel, and on the other end of the spectrum, she's been employed at high-end spas where she helped clients achieve total relaxation. She's also a certified fertility massage specialist—so in addition to deep-tissue, hot-stone, and relaxation massages, she offers specialized massages for those trying to conceive.
HealthSource Chiropractic & Progressive Rehab has more offices across the United States then there are days in the year, and HealthSource of Greer is one of them. There, Doctor of Chiropractic Joseph Pesce and his wife, licensed massage therapist Carla Pesce, uphold HealthSource's mission to help patients live pain-free by customizing chiropractic, massage, and rehab services. To complete this lofty mission, Dr. Pesce employs advanced chiropractic technology and equipment, which eases aches caused by carpal tunnel, arthritis, sciatica, fibromyalgia, and muscles that have french-braided themselves around the rib cage.
Over the past decade, therapist April Bomar has fine-tuned her bodywork techniques as a therapist in chiropractors' offices, spas, and salons. She now assuages clients' tension out of her own studio, Covered Hands Massage and Bodywork. Using all-natural products, April's hands orchestrate a symphony of movements: the soothing adagio strokes of Swedish massage, the intense crescendos of deep-tissue massage, or the improvisational jazz of myofascial massage. Whatever the technique, she always tailors sessions to individual needs.
Licensed massage therapist Sherrie Templeton was just 14 when she saw the healing benefits of massage firsthand. After being turned down by a back surgeon, her father turned to massage to overcome his symptoms, finding relief that eventually weaned him from pain medications and restored his ability to function. “It made quite an impression,” she says, “the idea that someone could correct the problem with just hands when the surgeon wasn't able to fix the problem by cutting.”
That belief in the clinical power of massage permeates Templeton's own practice inside Mountain View Chiropractic, where she tailors Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages to each client's unique aches and concerns. Templeton also believes massage can transcend physical benefits, as it can also help to lift the mental burden brought on by stress and thoughts about sandbags. “There is an almost spiritual connection between the therapist and the client," she says. "There's a transfer of energy, there's a release, so you can just close your eyes and allow someone else to take on your stresses and discomforts for an hour. People need that in this culture.”