Open seven days a week, Bella-Riley’s Salon and Spa offers an experienced staff of knot kneaders, skin smoothers, and nail nurturers who beautify weary bodies with a wide variety of spa services. Deep-tissue or neuromuscular massages target subdermal stress deposits, while total-serenity seekers employ the calming muscle modalities of the Swedish, first used to allay postcombat charley horses on Viking longships. The prenatal massage alleviates the tension and discomfort associated with pregnancy for tense moms-to-be.
Licensed massage therapist Amanda Kemmerlin has been uncoiling muscles and soothing aches for a decade. Having worked with some of the top educators in the Columbia-Lexington area, Amanda puts her wisdom to work during 30-, 60-, and 90-minute sessions at 14 Mile Massage. She adjusts to each client's needs by offering several modalities, including Swedish, deep tissue, and prenatal—a safe and relaxing massage for moms-in-the-making delivered during the second or third trimester.
Sonya Heitmuller views spa services through a holistic lens. As a licensed aesthetician and owner of Simply Skin, she opts for all-natural skincare products during spa services such as microdermabrasions, facials, eyebrow waxing, and massage therapy. She also offers ear-candling treatments that can remove earwax and body-sugaring treatments that evict unwanted hair and house guests from skin's dermal cellars. Hand-poured candles and cosmetics from Jane Iredale line the spa’s shelves to render the atmosphere fully inviting.
Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michelle Welch and her experienced staff pamper guests with relaxing massages and specialty facials in earth-tone rooms freckled with idyllic works of art. During the spa's 60-minute Elante facial, an aesthetician cleanses skin to remove dirt and oil before gently rubbing visages with a custom-blended exfoliant that allows patrons to cloak themselves in a pleasant glow without joining a gang of lightning-bug ruffians. Faces and necks benefit from a circulation-boosting massage, after which a purifying mask, signature eye cream, and moisturizer leave complexions dewy and fresh. Spa guests who opt for a Swedish-style muscle kneading recline as a licensed massage therapist transfers tightly held stress and tension from muscles into a voodoo doll in the likeness of a least-favorite town crier.
Even when it starts to get chilly during the winter months, the treatment rooms at Professional Massage Therapy keep bodies warm and relaxed through heated tables, hot towels, and hot stones. Licensed massage therapist Amanda Kemmerlin administers Swedish massages, deep-tissue treatments, prenatal massages, and foot-reflexology work.
As its name implies, High Maintenance Day Spa & Salon strives to meet the beauty demands of its most discriminating clientele with a comprehensive array of relaxing treatments. The spa’s stylists, nail technicians, tanners, and massage therapists continue to carry out the mission set forth by the Crims, who founded the spa in 2006 with the vision of a retreat from life’s hectic day-to-day routine. Indeed, the only stresses to be found amid the salon’s soft-hued tiffany-blue walls are those that arise when choosing which of the many services to indulge in. Couples massages make for romantic and relaxing experiences, waxing removes unwanted fuzz, and spray tans prepare bodies for playing hide-and-seek amid bronze garden sculptures. Before snipping their first locks or untying their first muscle knots, the staff establishes a relationship with each customer through friendly chitchat and an informal consultation.
"Massage is my passion," says Nick West, a licensed massage therapist who channeled his interest in physiology and his desire to help people into a worthwhile career. Prior to each session, which takes place in a warm, private room filled with soft music and the purr of a thousand kittens, he chats with clients to get a sense of their emotional, mental, and physical needs. This allows him to custom tailor their treatment, whether incorporating soothing Swedish strokes or targeted deep-tissue kneads to achieve the most effective results. Though happy to assuage general aches, Nick finds the greatest reward in helping those suffering from chronic-pain conditions, such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, and cancer.