Though just a short trip from Charlotte’s bustling downtown, La Bella Vita Day Spa seems a world apart. Located amid the rolling woodlands and quaint brick buildings of Matthews, the spa reflects its immediate surroundings with serene private treatment rooms that host facials, massages, body polishes, and similarly indulgent spa services.
Wrought iron accents adorn the spa’s walls, which glow in the same golden color as the blankets spread across each massage bed. Standing beside one of these beds, massage therapists soothe anxieties and stimulate circulation with full-body Swedish techniques, neuromuscular strokes that target areas of chronic pain, and sports massages that repair muscles strained while throwing down dunks or crouching in timeout huddles. Next door, aestheticians rejuvenate skin with waxing treatments and facials that employ organic Éminence skincare products to erase blemishes. In contrast to the tranquil atmosphere of the private treatment rooms, nail technician Christie Carpenter’s manicure and pedicure stations buzz with lively chatter as she dips hands and feet in baths of moisturizing paraffin and brushes nails with vibrant polish.
Renew Natural Weight Loss Center’s staff not only empowers clients with the knowledge they need to achieve and sustain weight loss, but does so with a detailed plan. A weight-loss coach meets with clients every week to evaluate progress, offer encouragement, and keep clients accountable as they progress through their program. The bedrock program that the center revolves around includes recenter, which starts with a one-hour health assessment before a month or more spent learning to eat a balanced diet of real food; and renew, which aims to keep weight off permanently and explore naturopathic pathways to better health. To ensure that their physician-guided plan is working effectively, the coaches have clients take at-home tests that determine if their bodies are correctly converting fat into energy or incorrectly converting it into Jet-Puffed Marshmallows. They don't tailor each plan simply around shedding pounds—they also design it to boost overall health and keep metabolisms up and running consistently.
Dr. Jonathan Stoudmire’s career as a psychiatrist reveals that he has extensive understanding of the mind’s inner workings, but it fails to show his expertise in the fields of weight management and fitness. At Infinity Medical Weight Loss, he unites both of these passions, leading a staff of weight-loss consultants to arm clients with the tools and motivation they need to lose weight. Working with both children and adults, the staff relies on such weight-loss modalities as exercise routines, nutritional guidance, and, for older patrons, appetite suppressants, weight-loss injections, and supplements.
In a quarter century, one could earn six bachelor degrees. By that metric, Lynn Devaki Ganz is pursuing her seventh BA in teaching yoga and spiritual leadership. The certified yogi offers classes for all levels at her studio, Ananda Yoga & Wellness. Lynn draws on the traditional posture of Hatha, Vinyasa flow, Pranayama, and meditation. Smaller class sizes allows Lynn and her certified instructors to fit them into a coin purse, sure, but it also allows the flexibility to customize the classes to suit the needs of the students, ensuring more advanced students can sink deeper into the postures and that newcomers learn how to inhale in a controlled, practiced manner. Meanwhile, yellow walls, wooden floors, and glowing spheres of light hanging from the ceiling set a relaxing mood in Ananda Yoga & Wellness’s studio.
Two sides of the same cosmetic coin, aesthetician Terri McConnell and stylist Angie Fortney united their respective talents when they opened Noma Hair & Skin Studio. In the salon, Angie customizes cuts for men, women, and children, boosting color and highlighting strands or stripping away fuzz with waxing services. In the spa, Terri begins each treatment with a consultation about her clients’ individual skin types and skincare goals, be they to reduce wrinkles, clear acne, or eliminate a permanent look of shock. After establishing a treatment plan, she calls on her arsenal of techniques and treats mugs to such comprehensive skin services as the Basaki lightening lift, a gentle treatment of lactic acid, lightening agents, and vitamin-A-rich banana, which work together to reduce signs of aging and hydrate the skin.
Once an international gymnastics competitor, Ken Haas had to turn away from the tumbling lifestyle after his body began to ache. Sports orthopedists couldn't determine what was wrong, he told Charlotte Today, but a kinesiologist finally helped him through alternative methods—methods that Ken, now Dr. Haas, employs at Haas Wellness Center. Understandably, applied kinesiology remains one of the center's major focuses. This system tests for muscle responses throughout the body, scouting for weaknesses that could indicate treatable conditions. Its techniques can even incorporate teachings from acupuncture and nutrition for a truly holistic approach.
Dr. Haas's other services run the gamut from screenings for environmental toxins to natural weight-loss programs and low-level-laser therapy, a purported pain deterrent. Trigger-point therapy, myofascial-release work, and essential oils all contribute to the center's signature massage, and craniosacral therapy employs extremely gentle touch—no more than the weight of a nickel—to try and relieve imbalanced nervous systems, a more relaxing method than shouting into your ear for your brain to "stay calm!"