When talking about Upscale Nail Bar, owner Alica Best fondly refers to her salon as "tesoro in città"—an Italian phrase that translates to "treasure in the city." Amid soft lighting and cushy spa chairs, Alicia takes hours at a time to pamper feet and hands through luxurious mani-pedis and massages. Committed to maintaining an atmosphere of uninterrupted tranquility at her salon, she doles out her services by appointment only and requests that cell phones or particularly shrill kazoos not be used during sessions.
From back or neck pain to general feelings of malaise, both physical and emotional woes go under examination at Foundation Chiropractic, where Dr. Ryan Adams takes a whole-person approach to seek underlying causes of discomfort. His toolbox is filled with a variety of treatments that can relieve pain, restore balance, and boost overall well-being, rather than simply mitigating symptoms. With the help of his experienced staff, he coddles the spinal column with adjustments, eases muscle and joint hurts with kinesio tape, and disposes of scar tissue with myofascial manipulation before it has a chance to clog internal lint traps.
Master cosmetologist and salon owner Manisha Mehta takes pride in delivering a sweeping range of beauty and grooming services infused with luxurious touches. Full-length facials incorporate rich ingredients such as 24-karat gold or chocolate, and facial peels immerse visages in fruit and vegetable medleys without the need for surreptitious head dunks into a punch bowl. Issuing from Mehta's fervent interest in the healing and restorative powers of herbs, most full facials are accompanied by a custom aromatherapy blend. Alongside eyelash extensions and waxing are ancient Eastern grooming services, such as eyebrow threading, ear candling, mummification, and henna designs for hands and feet. Dark wood and leather furnishings, deep-maroon walls, and gilt-framed mirrors and paintings lend the space a feeling of an urban retreat.
Serenity Day Spa’s cadre of experienced aestheticians and massage therapists enacts head-to-toe beauty-bolstering and stress-reducing services. An hour of serenity Swedish massage helps to stimulate the circulatory system, alleviating muscle tension and returning limbs to their natural Stretch Armstrong state of being. An adroit tissue tenderizer applies light to medium pressure along the body, loosening knots and upending toxin squatters throughout the relaxing massage. The gentle steam of an one-hour oxygen-infused serenity spa facial extricates dirt and overdue library books from pores while moisturizing arid visages. Digits in need of maintenance can opt for a manicure that shapes finger shields and cuticles before topping off nails with a polish of your choice.
Visitors to Scarlett's Retreat Day Spa & Boutique aren't sure if they've stepped back in time or onto a movie set. Surrounded by ornately patterned furniture, fireplaces, and classic portraits, they receive spa treatments in a late 19th-century home. Southern hospitality is a common thread between the decor and the service—the aroma of mint juleps drifts from mani-pedi stations, and roses infuse foot soaks and body wraps with flowery scents. A Victorian tub helps preserve the art of bath rituals, an antiquated practice that once signified opulence, much like installing a subwoofer on your riding saddle. Today, the spa's Georgia Sweet Tea tub ritual steeps bodies in tea and brown sugar to inspire total serenity.
The certified massage therapists and aestheticians prioritize natural ingredients; blueberries, rosemary, and cucumber infuse facials and peels, and the boutique carries products from glo minerals and Éminence Organic Skin Care for clients to take home, alongside robes and handmade neck pillows. For prolonged bouts of relaxation, packages pool services into themed combinations appealing to both men and women. For example, the Mister Butler package features a massage, an aromatherapy tub ritual, and a complimentary cigar and liqueur.
Debbie Chambless values every benefit of corrective bodywork, from its ability to relax muscles to its ability to help prevent injury. She received her first professional massage in 2005, and after experiencing some of these effects firsthand, Debbie chose to rededicate her life to the practice. Her Swedish, deep-tissue, neuromuscular, reflexology, and myofascial-release sessions each target specific maladies or symptoms of stress, although her goal for every massage is to completely relax clients by applying a gentle touch and singing them an original melody in whale song.