A licensed massage therapist and the president of Studio Rejuvenate, Hunter Jones worked as a registered nurse for years before returning to school to learn the stress-melting techniques of massage. He calls upon his wealth of academic and medical experience to ease chronic pain and tension alongside a team of fellow therapists trained in various massage modalities, from the gentle strokes of Swedish to the firm taps of Morse-code lullabies. Hunter and his team also treat soreness or recurring pain with reflexology techniques that target pressure points and deep-tissue strokes that run against the grain of muscles to break up knots of tension. Regardless of the modality you choose, expect to receive expert tips on at-home exercises to help you to further manage pain.
When their own nimble fingers are not enough, Studio Rejuvenate’s massage therapists enhance the efficacy of their treatments with heated pebbles, soothing aromatherapy, and hot or cold therapy courtesy of Biofreeze products. They pride themselves on soothing backs and shoulders of all ages and even dispatch outcall services to those who prefer to remain at home.
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.
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.”
The practitioners at CORE Health Centers focus on healing via nonsurgical and nonnarcotic pain care. They specialize in afflictions of the lower back, knee, shoulder, and neck, providing services such as all-natural joint injections, diagnostic testing, rehabilitation therapy, and nutrition support. CORE’s physicians and physicians' assistants develop custom treatment plans for each patient.
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.
After a car accident left him with persistent pain, David H. Mruz experienced the holistic healing power of chiropractic adjustments firsthand. Having found his calling, he went on to become a doctor of chiropractic at Sherman College of Chiropractic. Now at Eastside Chiropractic, he offers the same services that set him right after the accident, plus he offers sports injury management, cold-laser treatments, and massage therapy. He treats competitive cyclists by honing in on their unique concerns about ergonomics, performance, and pinky strain from excessive bell ringing.
Licensed Doctors of Chiropractic Josh Keels and Jeremy Willis' firm grasp on the human body stems from their wide-ranging backgrounds. Both graduated from Sherman College of Chiropractic; Keels received certifications for personal training and chiropractic extremity practicing, which is the practicing of chiropractic care in extreme conditions such as a polar bear's den, while Willis received certification for non-axial spinal decompression. Both doctors utilize their vast experience at Abner Creek Family and Sports Chiropractic, where they and their staff help patients recover from an array of injuries and conditions. Primary tools include the Gonstead Technique and activator method adjustment technique, but both offices also feature massage therapy, weight-loss programs, and a 24-hour fitness center.