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.
At Polished 2 Paint 2 Nails, nail artist Pleshette melts away stresses and strains from hard-laboring digits with soothing manicures and pedicures, made all the more indulgent with extras such as a gentle massage or exfoliating sugar scrub. Her skilled hands add coats of color, which can be made impenetrable by Gelish or Shellac polishes, which leave nails resistant to chips, fading, and late-night infomercial pitches. Pleshette is also joined by other nail techs and skin specialists. Together, they offer many other services, including facials, cosmetics, natural detox body wraps, all natural supplements, and firming creams.
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.
SoCa Day Spa’s treatments gather natural ingredients from all ends of the earth, lavishing skin with everything from moor mud and shea butter to Napa Valley grape seeds and seaweed algae. The spa’s experts clear pores and fight signs of aging with a slew of facials, and expand their scope to treat entire bodies with body scrubs, including the shea-butter salt glow, which leaves skin as radiant as a newborn lighthouse. Their wraps detoxify bodies and slim silhouettes with warm cocoons enhanced by coffee oils and clay masks. In addition to the spa’s buffet of skincare treatments—which also includes waxing—it relaxes muscles with massages. Its signature massage blends Swedish, therapeutic, and deep-tissue techniques, whereas prenatal kneadings ease the stress of constantly carrying a child and its matching luggage set.
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 S?o 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.
Positive Energy's staff melts away stress with custom massages, facials, and body treatments infused with natural ingredients. At each kneading session, a licensed massage therapist removes knots from muscles like a master sailor as soft music caresses the eardrums. Facials tailor Dermalogica products to individual skin types, and gentleman?s spa treatments soothe rugged exteriors with massages, facials, and manscaping waxing treatments.