Behind the red-brick walls of Knoxville Therapeutic Massage, licensed massage therapist Jessica Howard deflects stress with relaxing Swedish techniques. These smooth, gentle kneads allow sinews to uncoil and the body's energy to flow freely. To get tight limbs moving again, Jessica applies concentrated deep-tissue techniques and hot towels. She also offers aromatherapy—soothing smells that ease mental tension because nostrils are basically the brain's ears.
Many stylists gravitate toward cutting women's hair and shy away from cutting men's or kids' hair. Not Kim Rasor. She's just as comfortable creating long layers and highlights for women as she is giving men clipper cuts and freehand clipper designs. The mother of three sons also loves giving kids haircuts. In her private salon, The Art of Hair at Studios West Salon Suites, she even provides clients with children's DVDs and books to help keep both kids and parents happy.
Steve Mohrman, an alumnus of the New York College of Health Professions, is the official massage therapist of the UNCA athletic department. As the founder of Hands on Health, he has steered the practice toward treating clients to the soothing strokes of clinical-massage and sports-massage services. He and his crew have designed these modalities to treat chronic pain, improve athletic performance, and promote general health and wellness, which used to be colonel health and wellness. Steve and his team of licensed massage therapists take their bodywork treatments a step further than many spas do by offering integrated-massage sessions customized to address each individual's specific therapeutic needs, and they emphasize relaxation at all times.
What do a resort hotel and the Battle of Asheville have in common? A sister-in-law. Well, her name at least. Emma Adelaide Clayton was the sister-in-law of George Wesley Clayton, the colonel who defended the city during the Battle of Asheville. The skirmish was fought on the land where Crowne Plaza Tennis & Golf Resort now resides. To commemorate the leader, the resort named their adjoining spa Adelaide Spa.
Though the beauty haven is named after a woman from the late 1800s, its interior is anything but dated. Mod pendant lamps cast soft light on therapists who rejuvenate guests in sumptuous chambers with raw wood beams and thick textiles. Aestheticians balance and tone skin with organic skincare products and refresh bodies with herbal body wraps and organic sugar scrubs. In the salon area, stylists cleanse, cut, and color manes using Redken, Kenra, and Moroccanoil products.
A complimentary robe and slippers await guests before each treatment, as do complimentary beverages and snacks. When guests arrive for appointments, they are also welcome to gargle the alphabet with herbal tea or use the resort's amenities, including the sauna and childcare services.
At Eurohealth’s Russian- and English-speaking clinic, Tatyana works to heal patients using natural remedies. Drawing on her experience and credentials as a doctor of alternative medicine and naturopathy, a certified holistic herbalist, and a member of the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy, she works to treat the source of diseases and ailments, avoiding antibiotics and painkillers. Each treatment begins with a comprehensive one-hour consultation, during which the practitioner uses computer biomarker testing to determine optimal remedies for the client, from the best nutritional supplements to the worst flavor of Flintstones vitamins. She then designs a treatment plan to suit the patient's ailments—whether that means a colonic, exercise techniques for the lymphatic or circulator system, or various modes of massage therapy, including Swedish, craniosacral, and prenatal.
Like the rings within a tree, our bodies can tell us how we've lived and the tension we've suffered. Skilled therapist Teresa Thomas has trained herself to hold an ear up to those whispered aches, and manufacture a bodywork plan to restore balance. Though her sessions are unique to the individual, she may use such techniques as Swedish strokes, trigger-point techniques, and hot-stone therapy to untie tight muscular knots. Clients may also solicit her expertise for a medical massage to help with injuries incurred while playing sports, or pinning a tail on an actual donkey.