Inside Melting Point’s sultry studio, woodblock Buddha prints smile serenely upon students as they smoothly transition through a series of body-strengthening poses. The temperature hovers between 100 and 105 degrees, ensuring that beginning and advanced practitioners can attain deep stretches, detoxification, and bowls of soup not quite warm enough to be enjoyable. Wide-blade ceiling fans and bamboo-hardwood floors evoke a tropical bungalow, and wide windows carry a flood of natural light into the studio space. Because of the high temperature, towels are mandatory during classes; students can bring their own or rent towels and mats from the studio. After class, students can capitalize on their primed and supple muscles with a Swedish or neuromuscular massage from a licensed massage therapist.
Zen Massage's licensed therapists run their nimble fingers across backs and shoulders, healing fatigued muscles with eight massage modalities inspired by Eastern and Western traditions. While gliding strokes promote overall relaxation, firm taps hone in on stubborn knots in upper backs and rough-hewn peg legs. Zen Swedish and deep-tissue massages penetrate muscles with varying degrees of pressure, and neuromuscular therapy stimulates specific trigger points to call a truce between bickering body systems. A reiki energy treatment or blend of pure, essential aromatherapy oils coddles the senses while soothing strokes bring peace to beleaguered muscles.
The experienced muscle menders at Massage Loft draw on Swedish and deep-tissue massage techniques to relax aching bodies. During the Swedish massage, cream, oil, or gel aids the long, smooth strokes, generating warmth to stimulate circulation and to de-kink knots tied by badge-hungry boy scouts, leaving patrons feeling refreshed and less stressed. Nimble fingers focus on trigger points during the deep-tissue knead, which works to release toxins from their confines in tense muscles and to produce serotonin for giddy relief from stress and chronic pain. Both techniques soothe overworked muscles and work toward uniting the body and mind until the two can hum a perfectly in-tune harmonized guitar riff.
Beauty is a family business at Valeria Salon Med Spa Boutique, where co-owner Geri Palillo has been working side by side with her three daughters and a staff of more than 30 handpicked beauty experts for nearly a decade. Born into a family of cosmetic pioneers, Geri's own journey found her graduating from the classrooms of Vidal Sassoon and rubbing elbows with industry big wigs and their wigs at New York's Redken 5th Avenue Exchange. Today, when she's not busy personally selecting the Ray-Ban sunglasses and designer handbags that fill the shelves of Valeria's boutique, she continues to show off her styling finesse in the sunlit, marble-floored salon that constitutes one third of the business, showing her cutting-edge knowledge of the latest hairstyles through cuts, coloring, perms, up-dos, and straightening treatments.
Meanwhile, on the spa side of this three-part beauty haven, guests relax in private, Tommy Bahama-themed rooms as one of Geri's highly trained therapists and aestheticians administers one of six types of massage or body wraps ripe with natural ingredients such as ocean salt, ginger, or white tea. Facials tend to sensitive skin or revitalize dried out visages, and can also address the unique ailments of the male face, such as pores left from make-out sessions with monster trucks. The service menu also includes med spa treatments, such as laser hair removal, skin tightening and spider vein treatments and wrinkle-smoothing injections of Botox and Juvederm, as well as professional teeth whitening that combines the stain lifting powers of peroxide and light.
For licensed massage and bodywork therapist Diana Hall, the body is as great a sanctuary as the mind. Customized around each client's individual needs and propensity to play catch with the head of a marble statue, Diana's Swedish and deep-tissue massages help increase circulation and flexibility as well as reduce discomforts such as stress and muscle tightness. To enrich mental well-being, Diana draws upon her life-coaching skills by arranging events such as lectures in which attendees learn to transform their negative thoughts into positive, empowering mantras.
Under the direction of licensed physician Dr. Briggs Cook Jr.–who is also a board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon–Pure Medspa & Facial Plastic Surgery of Huntersville’s dedicated staff help retain clients’ youthful appearances with the latest anti-aging technology. Highly trained and licensed aestheticians reduce the appearance of aging with chemical peels, microderm, vibraderm and DermaSweep. They also offer laser treatments such as Thermage to firm skin, and ultrasonic cavitation to easily and safely melt fat from troubled areas.