Éminence organic skin serums and aromatic massage oils hydrate skin as massage therapists work out knots at Stellar Spa Services, where the healing properties of pampering are celebrated. Heated massage tables warm musculature during the Swedish massage, as hands trace spice-trade routes across spines. Kneading and taps punctuate flowing strokes, loosening tight muscles and kick-starting circulation. Alternatively, aestheticians can revamp visages with an express skin therapy facial, which cleanses and hydrates skin while loosening the muscles in the face and neck. The calm skin facial dulls the consequences of kissing pet crabs with chamomile and arnica. Dreamy music and flickering candles induce serenity as patrons sip elixirs from the complimentary tea bar.
Amid powder-blue walls, skilled nail technicians indulge attention-starved talons with a 90-minute Ultimate spa mani-pedi. As hot steam towels swaddle weary gams, hands and feet lazily marinate in a bubbling aromatherapy soak. The invigorating fervor of a foot scrub helps feet to shed dead cells and outgrown python skins, and warming lotions and oils soften cuticles in preparation for claw renovation. After Nelci’s skilled digits file down fingernails and toe tips, she coats keratin in a colored polish of the patron’s choice. The pamper-a-thon also includes a massage of the hands, feet, and legs to encourage tense tensomes to relax and calf muscles to melt like the hearts of sentimental wax statues.
At Knightdale Eye Care, optometrist Dr. Timothy Poirier helms a staff of opticians and contact lens specialists, who together protect eyesight with emergency and preventive eye care. After exams with these pros, clients can take home scleral and multifocal contacts, or they can pick out designer frames from labels such as Michael Korrs, Costa Del Mar, Vera Wang, and Kate Spade.
Mary Nichols never saw herself as a physician. She was always guided by a deeper humanistic belief––that all people have a natural right to live in a body that is healthy, energetic, and moves with ease. It's this spark that led her to Wake Technical Community College and a fulfilling career as a licensed massage therapist. In the comfort of Mary's private massage studio, clients may request a hot-stone or Swedish massage to promote relaxation, or deep-tissue or trigger-point techniques to access lower-layer tension. Each session is also a teaching experience. Mary welcomes questions as she explains complex anatomical concepts to clients, such as proper posture, breath control, and how to fold oneself into a flight carry-on bag.
Faith and her colleagues at The Hair Junction take a practical approach to hair design. They believe that stylish new haircuts are ultimately pointless if clients can't re-create salon results at home. With this in mind, Faith sculpts and colors hair into chic looks that require very little maintenance. She also regularly attends Redken color classes to stay abreast of the latest techniques.