Under the direction of owner and licensed acupuncturist Amanda Stierwalt, Henderson Acupuncture's holistic healers perform East-infused treatments to alleviate a range of conditions including pain, allergies, and digestion disorders. Licensed and certified acupuncturists probe pelts with thin needles to redirect energy through the proper meridians, reawakening snoozing organs and eliciting a sense of calm more effectively than meditating in the arms of a tree sloth. Sore striations bow down to the dexterous digits of licensed massage therapists, and a cornucopia of Chinese herbs soothes a range of symptoms when taken via powders, liquids, tablets, or osmosis.
Arden Dental Group's trio of doctors helms a staff of licensed dental assistants and hygienists as they foster oral health with an encyclopedia of general, restorative, and cosmetic dental procedures. The facility's 14 treatment rooms provide a stage upon which dental doyens maintain chompers, treat gum disease, beautify smiles with porcelain veneers, and practice Hamlet's dramatic flossing monolog. As a charter member of the Eco-Dentistry Association, Arden Dental Group makes a conscious effort to imbue each session with green dentistry practices by efficiently handling water and electricity consumption as well as waste disposal.
Founded by Doctors Tahl N. Humes and W. Jason Martin, Vitahl Medical Aesthetics pairs safe and professional medical procedures with a tranquil, spa-like environment. Medical-grade lasers assist the doctors and their team of registered nurses, physicians' assistants, and laser specialists in sculpting the body, rejuvenating the skin, or lessening the appearance of scars, sun damage, and tattoos bearing the name of the wrong mother. The staffers also help to remove wrinkles with injectable solutions, create lusher lashes with doses of Latisse, and battle stubborn acne with medical peels.
Blue Ridge CrossFit’s certified coaches fortify muscles and minds with nearly 40 weekly co-ed classes held in a 4,500-square-foot gym. Built upon short, varied intervals of functional strength-training exercises, such as box jumps and kettlebell swings, workouts brim with more intensity than a lightning bolt’s sternest stare. In addition to sculpting sinews, squats, presses, and other weightlifting moves build muscle mass to help the body burn calories efficiently. An ever-changing line-up of bodyweight exercises, such as handstands and pushups, are performed at the gym or atop passing parade floats. Scalable to different levels of fitness and skill, the routines let new exercisers and elite athletes chase their goals side by side as they cultivate stamina and speed.
At Tryon Country Club, tree-lined Bermuda-grass fairways and bent-grass greens stretch across a par 72 course surrounded by striking mountain vistas. Designed by course architect Donald Ross in the early 1920s, the nine-hole course allows golfers to play full 18-hole rounds courtesy of an additional green and varied tee placements that enable them to approach holes from different angles. A stream slashes through the middle of the course, and strategically placed bunkers capture approach shots the way strategically placed cameras catch chimney sweeps pocketing precious soot. Golfers must call ahead to reserve a tee time, ensuring that their dogleg adventures do not conflict with prescheduled tournaments or long-foretold pheasant uprisings.
Outdoor Family Fun Center nurtures the various swing-based abilities of its patrons with multiple driving, putting, and batting facilities. Customers can exchange batting-cage tokens ($1.75/each) for 15 pitches from an arm-style machine. The batting cages launch line-drive ammo at various speeds that range from slow-pitch softballs to 80-mph baseballs. Throughout the year golfers can calibrate their crosshairs with buckets of balls ($6+) on the driving range's covered and heated hitting stations or the artificial mats and grass tees. The 3-acre Bermuda grass short-game area ($8 for all-day play) includes target greens and uphill lies while enabling golfers to practice picking the locks on sand traps. The 18-hole, par 42 miniature golf course ($5 for kids younger than 12, $6 for adults) challenges putters with slopes, turns, and professionally landscaped ponds and waterfalls.