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.
At MeTime Massage & Bodywork Essentials, the massage therapists do just as their name suggests—they help you take the time to take care of yourself. Here, owner and licensed massage therapist Michell Simmons—a member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals—draws on six years of experience as she soothes sinews with modalities such as Swedish, deep-tissue, hot-stone, and sports massage, all of which can be enhanced with aromatherapy. When the massage therapists aren't kneading knots and relieving tension, they swaddle clients in wraps made from ingredients such as sea salt, Baltic mud, rose mud, and ginger sugar—the same ingredients that go into mud pies at all the five-star restaurants. She also offers facials, body scrubs, and paraffin-wax treatments, which soften the hands and feet.
Moedim Day Spa's muscle manipulators purge bodies of stress-induced discomfort and distortion with tender kneading treatments. Massages commence as trained therapists debunk the Bermuda Triangle of tension, targeting sore spots on the head, neck, and shoulders created by overzealous workouts or drawing "attacked by bees" during a round of charades (a $45 value). Clients augment de-stressing sessions with their choice of one of Moedim's two add-on options. A 15-minute paraffin bath soothes stiff hands and feet with hot wax, evicting excess fluid from surrounding tissue (a $15 value), and an aromatherapy treatment puts senses on a comforting collision course, as scented oils absorbed into the skin via steamed towels fill bodies with alluring scents of floral gardens, soothing herbs, and root-beer floats (a $10 value).
At Soul II Soul Massage & Salon, licensed massage therapist Faye Holmes uses her talent and passion for massage therapy to ward off stress and the ailments that come with it. She pampers aching muscles and fights anxiety with four types of kneading techniques, from muscle-stretching deep-tissue pressures to trigger-point release therapy. Faye also amps up her sessions with relaxing hot stones, and ensures skin stays as soft as the day it was grown with salt and sugar body scrubs and paraffin-wax treatments.
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.
Technicians at SoCa Day Spa populate the sunlit, earth-toned spa with botanical treatments that revive skin and ease tense muscles. The one-hour SoCa signature massage melds modalities to construct a customized massage, tackling tension with everything from Swedish and therapeutic strokes to acupressure and potato mashers. Clients can also spend an hour in a SoCa signature facial, the pharmaceutical-grade concentrates of which conjure bright complexions with a handpicked lineup of deep cleanser, toner, and mask.
Jerine McLean welcomes questions about her approach to massage therapy. She answers them over the phone or during appointments, where she combats muscular tension with three massage modalities. There’s long, gliding Swedish strokes to relax muscles, and concentrated deep-tissue kneads to relieve chronic pains. She also performs neuromuscular therapy—a holistic massage technique that encourages the body to heal itself. And to accommodate busy schedules, Jerine can sit clients down on a specialized ergonomic chair for abbreviated 15-minute sessions.