Spa at Manhattan Studios' meticulous phalange technician, Bonnie Triplett, kicks off one-hour mani-pedi sessions by shaping claws and gently pushing back encroaching cuticles. She then massages organic salts and lotions into mitts and paws to exfoliate and soften skin before slicking colorful coats of traditional polish onto finger keratin. For those looking to get more mileage out of their manicure, Bonnie will use CND Shellac polish, which won’t chip, smudge, or flake for up to 14 days—the amount of time it takes to get a passport to Alaska.
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.
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.
The massage therapists at Extreme Relaxation knead potent doses of relaxation directly into sore extremities and shoulders with each massage. During the kneading, torsos, biceps, and Frankenstein neck bolts loosen beneath broad, gliding massage strokes. The lighter pressures of Swedish massage segue into deep-tissue techniques as dexterous hands manipulate connective tissues and lower-layer muscles.
Positive Energy fuses fun, fitness, and femininity into sultry workouts for all skill levels. Owner and instructor Joni O. Lowe uses her pole-dancing expertise to craft a variety of classes run by fellow qualified wigglevixens. Find strength in five of Positive Energy's intimate, all-female classes, including belly-dance fusion, booty shaker, and Zumba, which mixes high-tempo Latin tunes and a zesty aerobic workout into a spicy, toned salsa. Learn to out-twirl firefighter friends as you wrap your head and body around the basics of pole dancing in an introductory teaser class. With low lighting and a moratorium on mirrors in the pole dance studio, Positive Energy's studio provides a supportive environment for women to feel comfortable flirting with fitness. Be sure to check out the FAQ page for more information.
Skillful therapist and Blue Jasmine owner, Rachel Lee-Kajimoto, brandishes her intuitive touch on discommodious sinew during a one-hour relaxation, therapeutic, deep-tissue, or prenatal massage in a tranquil haven sporting a soundscape of vibrational music. During a relaxation rubdown, Kajimoto gingerly uncoils knots spawned from the modern tensions of work, family, and Tamagotchi husbandry with precise kneads and pacifying strokes. Alternately, therapeutic massage zeroes in on troublesome areas with tailored techniques, and the deep-tissue massage targets deep-seated tensity nestled beneath layers of mantle-crust mass. A prenatal massage aims to alleviate back and foot pains caused by tummy tenants as well as soothe away the stress from constantly having to nag them for rent payments.