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.
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.
Staffers at The Spa at Riverwood perform a variety of pampering services with top-shelf beauty products. Patrons kick back in leather pedicure thrones as nail techs adorn feet with OPI nail polish and CND creams. Meanwhile, aestheticians wax away unwanted facial and body hair, lengthen lashes with extensions, or cleanse pores during facials.
Licensed massage therapist and yoga instructor Shere Carinci believes in the healing power of bodywork and intentional meditation. She offers energy healing, customized massages with acupressure, and foot reflexology in a studio tucked into an acupuncture center. Shere also leads private yoga sessions, during which she helps people become more energized and engaged with their lives.
The personal trainers and massage therapists of Active Body Massage aim for a balanced approach to wellness, with workouts that strengthen and solidify muscle fibers alongside rubdowns that soften achy sinews. A personalized workout plan guides one-on-one training sessions with motivational instructors, who also lead group fitness classes that challenge cardiovascular health, muscular ability, and counting acumen. As muscles get stronger, massage treatments relieve tension while realigning connective tissue. The multi-talented massage therapists can use Swedish strokes to increase circulation, sports massage to improve flexibility, and medical techniques that support joint systems and ease chronic muscle pain.
The specialists at Suddenly Slimmer of Raleigh live up to the promise of their spa’s name with a menu of services designed to melt fat and eliminate cellulite. The spa’s featured VelaShape treatment exemplifies this mission, using a blend of radio frequencies and light energy to noninvasively shrink fat cells. Similarly, body wraps work to slenderize figures while nourishing skin with solutions made of natural minerals and electrolytes. When not cocooned in anti-aging minerals, clients may partake in sessions on the Proellixe vibration machine, which sends high-frequency vibrations throughout the body to tone muscles, burn fat, and dislodge loose change stuck behind the ears.