As someone who grew up playing competitive sports, Michelle Gaine always understood the importance of therapeutic massage and proper physical training when striving to achieve peak performance and overall fitness. This fundamental understanding sank in even deeper after she was involved in a life-changing car accident. Over the course of 12 difficult months, a number of therapists helped her regain control over her body, ultimately inspiring her decision to spend the rest of her life assisting others in the same fashion. In 2000, she graduated from a clinical massage program, achieved an NC LMBT license, and became nationally certified in the art of massage therapy.
Rather than offering standardized treatments, Gaine draws from nine modalities to formulate custom massages. She eschews the one-size-fits-all philosophy found in some studios, pricing the use of any of her techniques based solely on the length of the session. This allows her to treat each patient in a manner that will reap the most benefits and address specific problems, such as chronic pain or a dray of back-burrowing squirrels. Yoga and qi gong instructors also help further Gaine's mission of restoration and healing with breath training, stretching, and meditative philosophies designed to help bodies align themselves from the inside out.
A Paul Mitchell Focus Salon, Tyler Day Salon houses a talented staff of cosmetic artisans capable of adorning scalps with sleek, stylish hair arrangements. Founder and Aveda Institute alum Shannon Womack brings the team approach⎯learned during stints with Redken, Scruples, Schwarzkopf, and Rusk⎯to her staff, building collective creativity through collaboration and nightly Model UN competitions. This approach leaves the team ready to fashion stunning new looks through simple cuts, color and smoothing treatments, facial waxing, or feather extensions.
At both of Ashley Jordan's locations, staffers navigate patrons through more than 40,000 square feet of showroom space populated with bedroom, living room, and dining room products by Ashley Furniture, Serta, and Tempur-Pedic. Vast new dreamscapes await those who repose upon a new twin mattress ($69+) or plush pillowtop queen set ($299+). Sink into a sofa ($399+) after a hard day at work, or gather the kinsfolk at a dining-table-and-four-chair set ($399) that makes for a more enjoyable shared meal than firing wads of mashed potato at one another's mouths via trebuchet. A 42-inch television stand ($299) can accommodate an entire collection of miniature TVs, and a decorative rug warms up chilly floorboards while adding elegance ($99).
At the helm of Total Health and Skin Center is Dr. James S. Carr, a board-certified doctor with 21 years of experience. He oversees a similarly impressive staff that includes a nurse practitioner, a registered nurse, and a medical assistant. These experts work together as a team to help clients enhance their exteriors with a variety of medical-grade aesthetic treatments. Their list of services includes some as futuristic as a robot dressed in next year’s fashions: Smoothbeam lasers for acne, advanced chemical peels, and lasers for skin rejuvenation.
The customers pouring out of Sunnyside Tanning Spa might be boasting a brand new patina, but their sunny disposition isn't just a product of the salon's three levels of UV beds. It also stems from the fact that owners Gena and Neal have tried hard to make their tanning spa a place where customers come to hang out, whether it means staying longer to chat with the friendly staff or perusing a boutique area stocked with trendy clothes, jewelry, and handbags. The comforts even extend into the tanning room, where UV beds come equipped with amenities such as personal air conditioning systems, high-pressure facial lamps, and even vibrating bases that may help to firm skin and muscles or jiggle loose change from behind the ears. The salon's knowledgeable staff is also on hand to help the sun-shy by applying a Norvell Sunless airbrush tanning solution, which uses a trio of bronzers to deliver a shade customized to the client's skin tone.