At Bliss Skin Care and Massage, licensed therapist JoeAnn Wardell helps clients relinquish stress and tension with traditional and exotic bodywork techniques. She can help clients take the edge off with a blissful relaxation massage, target chronic pain with deep-pressure work, or help expecting mothers relax after another hard day of chopping wood to build a crib. Using heated bamboo sticks, JoeAnn works deep into the muscles to undo knots and kinks. She also practices cupping therapy, a form of Chinese medicine that uses suction and negative pressure to detoxify the body. And she lets clients bolster every massage experience with a choice of aromatherapy oils, such as juniper berry or sandalwood.
Outside, The Float Spot's i-sopod resembles a futuristic art scuplture. Inside, though, the structure contains 300 gallons of calming blue water, heated precisely to match the surface temperature of the skin. Upon stepping inside, visitors lay back into the water?which stands at about 12 inches in height?and remain buoyant thanks to 1,000+ pounds of medical-grade epsom salt, making it virtually impossible to tell which body parts are submerged.
The licensed massage therapists at A Royal Touch inspire clients to bid adieu to quotidian stress and muscle tension. They use heated river rocks to enhance the therapeutic benefits of a massage and a vitamin-rich organic-coconut-oil scrub to nourish the skin or protect dashboard-based bobble dolls from sun damage. The team also offers detoxifying body wraps and relaxing packages designed for pairs or singles.
Dr. Dawn Batiz Blagg and the Loraine Shinks Rejuvenate Spa team of aestheticians believe that people are their most beautiful when they feel relaxed and pampered. To that end, they create a soothing spa atmosphere where they offer microdermabrasions, chemical peels, and massages as well as deep-cleansing facials and Botox injections. Alternately, spa-goers can relax during a luxurious face, hand, and foot massage before getting a Brazilian bikini wax and a natural-looking spray tan, or get a seaweed wrap to help reduce the look of cellulite, while reminding clients of their summer vacations to the shore.
The Spa at Pure Salon is powered by the certified skills of massage therapist Nikki Sanders and aesthetician Rachel Sauls. After earning their stripes working at high-end spas throughout the Raleigh area, the duo settled down and opened its own luxury oasis. In addition to a certification in LaStone therapy, Nikki claims expertise in an array of massage modalities, including deep-tissue techniques and prenatal massage. Rachel's multifaceted knowledge of skincare has led her to discover and employ upscale Osmosis skincare products, which enhance facial treatments with DNA repair technology. The pair conspires to reward its most loyal clients, granting discounts to regular customers or to those who guess the correct number of freckles that have visited the spa over the years.