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.
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.
Laser Lean’s technicians specialize in two noninvasive contouring technologies: Zerona and Venus Freeze by VenusConcept. Designed to melt up to 9 inches off the midsection, Zerona treatments emulsify fat tissue with a cold laser that minimizes pain. Alternatively, the Venus Freeze machine combines multipolar radio frequency with magnetism to tighten and contour skin. This treatment specifically targets the face to leave cheeks and jawlines smoother than a baby dipped in chocolate.
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.
Lakisha Washington, a massage therapist educated at Raleigh’s Medical Arts School, draws on four years of experience to soothe muscles at Massage Kneads. She tailors her treatments to meet each client’s individual needs, putting muscles and minds at ease with Swedish relaxation massages and using deep-tissue kneads to work out lingering aches.
At Body Language Therapeutic Massage, Yolanda Watson puts to use a degree in massage therapy as well as national and state certifications. All that training has instilled in her knowledge of modalities such as Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massage. Yolanda also uses her certification in prenatal massage and craniosacral therapy to soothe expectant mothers and balance the nerves and fluids associated with the spine and skull. Smooth stones soak up warmth in the treatment rooms, and aromatherapy oils allow Yolanda to incorporate more senses. When she isn't working in her studio, Yolanda hosts parties and spa days and even travels to clients' homes to give them massages without forcing them to admit they are super glued to their furniture.