Body Temple Massage Therapy's owner and licensed therapist, Trisha Lewis, takes a holistic approach to resolving troublesome aches, implementing techniques she learned as a student at the American and European Massage Clinic, where she studied anatomy, physiology, and Eastern philosophy. Trisha personalizes each massage to accommodate clients' specific needs, going hand-to-hand against aches caused by strenuous physical activity or sleeping in dollhouse guest rooms. While Swedish, deep-tissue, or sports massage strokes knead away tension, minds are set at ease by the treatment room's low lighting, sleek wooden floors, and comfortable massage tables.
The team at Nails 111 believes in "good, clean fun," combining a health-conscious philosophy with a charming, shabby-chic ambiance. Antique-style tables and chairs, chandeliers, and lilac walls create an 18th-century-parlor vibe as nail techs wash and sanitize hands and set aside an individual spa kit for each guest. They wear latex gloves upon request and eschew spa chairs and whirlpool-type footbaths in favor of disposable pedicure tub liners. The crew decorates nails with Essie, OPI, or Shellac polish and also performs sleek blowouts and straightening treatments at the Blow and Go hair bar.
The salon was created by internationally trained beauty expert and Lima, Peru, native Marizza Contreras and Miami native Jonathan Nussbaum, who was inspired by a girlfriend's frustration the lack of nail salons open after 7 p.m. Nails 111 staffers refine digits until 9 p.m. Monday–Saturday, making late-night manicures possible for owls wishing to impress their prey.
After earning her bachelor's degree in health sciences, Kneaded Relief owner Sarah Satterwhite felt another passion tugging at her life—her passion for massage therapy. So, she went back to school and earned her certification as a massage therapist before settling down and starting her family. Today, she has returned to the massage world with other skills in hand, including those necessary to render facials and body treatments. Sarah specializes in three modalities: relaxation and its firm but soothing touch, therapeutic and its fast-paced medium-pressure strokes, and deep tissue, which coaxes out feelings of stress caused by their boss, the brain—or as the nervous system calls it, the lead singer of the E Street Band.
A Paul Mitchell signature salon, Creative Cuts is owned by Paul and Kathy Moseley, who lead a team of 10-plus stylists in service of a single goal: to provide expert hair services in a relaxed, family-friendly environment. As stylists trim hair to clients? specifications, apply color or texturing products, and create stunning updos, aestheticians wax or tint eyebrows to beautify faces or support claims of Vulcan descent.
Dedicated to supporting their community, Kathy and Paul are also founding members of the Meet The Needs ministry, which provides food, clothing, and home goods to people in need. To that end, the couple donates 20% of the proceeds from all Paul Mitchell products sold in the salon to this cause.
For nationally certified massage therapist Missy Hammond, massage isn’t just therapy for her clients, it’s therapy for her, too. “I enjoy helping people feel better… I am all for a healthy mind, spirit, and body,” she says. With this enthusiasm and the knowledge gained from attendance at Body Therapy Institute in Siler City, Hammond alleviates pain and increases circulation through a variety of massage modalities or exfoliates away dead skin cells with a body polish. During treatments, she keeps clients comfortable atop a cushioned, heated massage table inside a dimly lit room with soft music, a relaxing waterfall, and a miniature whale that coos haikus.
Prospa Massage and Wellness’s James W. Dunn, a licensed massage and bodywork therapist, tends to tensed-up musculature in serene private service rooms. With stress-melting skills honed over years of practice, the seasoned therapist releases tension with various techniques, including Swedish massage and deep-tissue work. A particular emphasis on Russian medical massage—an especially flexible modality—allows James to customize treatments to fulfill clients’ specific therapeutic needs. Treating physiques with the same empathy he employs when performing free hand massages at a local nursing home, the therapist progresses through each treatment carefully to minimize bodily discomfort and avoid setting off spinal security systems.