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.
The Spa of Pravana pairs its popular tanning services with spa treatments to help clients look and feel great. Visitors can use one of the spa's UV-tanning beds for a sun-kissed glow in as little as 8 minutes or step into a Mystic Tan standup booth for some quick spray-on color. Airbrush technicians are also available in the spa or on location to give clients a sunless tan with an FDA-approved solution instead of prune juice. Pravana also enlists the help of a board-certified doctor, licensed aesthetician, and certified massage therapist, so clients can supplement their freshly tanned physiques with youthful complexions, clear and soft skin, or relaxed muscles.
Licensed aesthetician Debby Runner helps whisk away wrinkles and blemishes using advanced skincare techniques. One of them, the HydraFacial system, was featured on an episode of The Doctors. It can purge dirt and dead skin cells from the pores and hydrate the skin, which helps reduce the appearance of blemishes and fine lines. Beyond basic skincare, Debbie also performs professional makeup applications for women and teens to bring out their natural beauty or jump-start their careers as mimes.
Massage Destination features a diverse array of massage modalities. In addition to more unique options like fire cupping, an ancient healing process that has increased in popularity over the last few years, they offer deep tissue, aromatherapy, swedish, sports, hot-stone, and prenatal, among a number of other massage types. The spa also offers facials, hydration masques, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, body wraps, and waxing services.
At The Skin Spa of Wake Forest, talented aestheticians revive skin with a mixture of natural and medical-grade processes and Clinical Concepts products. Highly trained professionals cleanse, exfoliate, and dress faces to minimize signs of aging or lines formed from the stress of typing out a manuscript while wearing boxing gloves. If clients seek to extend the relaxing massages that punctuate most facials, they can plop down on a massage table for a full bodywork treatment. Waxing specialists also stand by, ready to rid the body of unwanted hair and inverted pocket lint.
Licensed massage therapists Elizabeth Watkins and Yolanda Parrish tend to clients with a variety of massage modalities, calling upon their training, experience, and specializations to create customized treatments. The long, gliding strokes of a Swedish massage unearth tiny lingonberries blocking the flow of blood vessels, and a hot-stone massage loosens knotted muscles with concentrated warmth. Prenatal, oncology, injury, and other styles of medical massage treat specific health issues and help patrons recover from physical traumas.
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.