Virginia Lee Sprague of Intrinsic Touch Massage Therapy believes a truly therapeutic massage should mold to the client's particular desires and change to address specific concerns. This principle has guided her throughout a 23-year career, inspiring her to customize each session to weed out deep-rooted knots or de-stress bodies with long, fluid strokes. She relies on a vast repertoire, utilizing acupressure, reflexology, and trigger-point strokes and switching from one methodology to the next for an experience more indulgent than a dip in Donald Trump's coin-filled pool.
Treating tense muscles is like bargain hunting—it can conserve a lot of money in the long run but shouldn’t be done with the aid of a shady character in a dark alley. Amid soothing décor featuring earthy tones and violet hues, clients of Massage Envy begin their session with an initial consultation that determines which customized massage will provide the best results. For example, a sports massage provides treatment specific to the athlete’s sport, reflexology targets points on the extremities to balance the nervous system, and deep-tissue massage unties knots while relieving chronic muscle tension. Trigger-point therapy alleviates tight areas within muscle tissue through cycles of isolated pressure and release, while a Swedish massage relaxes the whole body with long, gliding strokes. The professional massage therapists at Massage Envy will apply the necessary muscle treatment with pinpoint precision and buttery smoothness during convenient hours, including evenings and weekends.
Just as a doctor's office isn't typically furnished with a stylish chaise lounge and a matching plush sofa, spas don't typically have experienced MDs at their helm. Medical Day Spa of Chapel Hill, however, has both of these things. It's combined the best of both worlds so that its clients can have all the luxuries and attention that come with a spa, but also the therapeutic power of medical-grade treatments.
It's no surprise then that the staff is an eclectic group. The team consists of two physicians, three registered nurses, certified massage therapists, and licensed nail technicians who, together, offer a rich menu of services ranging from laser skin resurfacing to Shellac manicures. The spa also boasts a convenient location just off Franklin Street and the 15-501 bypass, making it easily accessible by car, on foot, or on a bicycle being pulled by a trained pack of squirrels.
Since 1988, clients have visited Flawless Day Spa for custom skincare treatments that utilize a Hungarian product line made with organic fruits, herbs, and spices. Inside recently renovated treatment rooms, highly trained aestheticians rejuvenate faces with services ranging from facials to chemical peels to lash- and brow-tinting. Guests also relax atop cloth-garbed treatment tables during massages, which can run up to 120 minutes and incorporate techniques from modalities including aromatherapy, Thai yoga stretching, and acupressure.
A serene environment greets guests at The Remedy Allure Hair & Body Spa, where skilled techs and stylists elevate hair and skin from standard to stunning. Services range from a simple cut and blow-dry to garlic and shea butter treatments. The salon also offers specialized wedding packages, including hair, makeup, and on-location touchups for the bride-to-be.
At Aria Skin and Laser Spa in Chapel Hill and Somalase in Sanford, Medical Director Dr. Ajay Ajmani oversees a team of tech-savvy aestheticians who beautify and protect the epidermis with facials, laser treatments, and massages. During microdermabrasions, a skilled technician employs a diamond tip to control the seven seas and exfoliate the upper strata of damaged skin, revealing a youthful acreage of epidermis. Laser treatments for pigmentation correction, hair removal, and skin tightening enlist powerful YAG lasers to beautify the epidermis. Facials reinvigorate visages with an eye treatment, custom mask, neck-and-hand massage, moisturizer, and a restraining order against the sun.