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.
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.
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.
The staff at Namaste Day Spa and Salon hails from throughout the United States and other countries, including Puerto Rico and India. Luckily, Namaste's menu is just as diverse as the origins of its staff. Stylists offer soothing scalp treatments, vibrant highlights, and lock-lengthening weaves. For those looking to remove facial and body hair, threading and waxing sessions shape brows and banish unwanted fuzz. The spa's aesthetician cleanses pores and rejuvenates complexions with facial, and its massage therapist employs prenatal, neuromuscular, and Swedish techniques to help clients unwind. Namaste also offers more uncommon treatments, such as healing energy-medicine sessions and henna designs, which add temporary pizzazz to hands and other body parts.
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.