After being laid off from his engineering job, Nelson Berry decided to open Stonehaven Massage & Spa. Now, more than two years later, Berry presides over a Stonehaven location that is as luxurious to lounge in as a private jet parked in a giant jacuzzi. In the stonework lobby, flowers cluster around mirrors and pitchers of lemon water. Murals of waterfalls and oceans signal the themes of each treatment room, where clients can relax during massage modalities ranging from traditional Swedish to deep tissue massage. From there, aestheticians can take over with facials or waxing services.
The staff at Simply Sassy Kids Spa knows that children aren't immune to stress, whether it's caused by school, sports, or convincing their parents to eat broccoli. That's why its colorful, pastel-hued salon aims to relax young girls and instill them with positive self-images. They accomplish this through services that add kid-friendly touches to spa classics, such as mani-pedis with bubblegum hand soaks and fizzy, ice-cream-scented footbaths. The pint-sized pamperings—which also include updos and makeup application—delight girls during everyday visits as well as parties, which let kids nibble cupcakes atop cushy beanbag chairs.
Both co-owners of HealthPoint RX help patients decide what to put in their bodies—family nurse practitioner Ginger Dailey by recommending medications and delivering injections of Botox and Juvéderm, and licensed dietician Annsley Ulrich by designing nutrition plans. Together, they run a facility where sclerotherapy vanquishes spider veins and appetite suppressants curb the urge to splice your genes with those of a cake. Perhaps most importantly, their monthly nutritional counseling outfits clients with personalized meal plans, a practice that helps them lose weight without endangering their health.
Body, Mind and Spirit Med Spa's staff soothes clients in a tranquil oasis where aromatherapy gives depth to every treatment. Massage therapists knead stress away to the mesmerizing rhythms of a nature soundtrack teeming with water sounds. Even nail services get a spa-like treatment, including some pedicures augmented with hot stones. In private treatment rooms, aestheticians cleanse and soften skin during facial and body treatments using Dermalogica products. Spa packages include a signature service, where patrons remain on the table throughout a massage, pedicure, and facial, all performed by an experienced therapist. In this space, decorated in chocolate and taupe shades, leafy green plants add a pop of color.
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!"
Skin Elements MedSpa's Dr. Gail Griffin supervises a team of registered nurses and skin specialists as they perform a suite of advanced aesthetic services using tools including hair- and tattoo-removing lasers, dermal fillers, and microdermabrasion wands. To ward off signs of aging and restore patients' youthful glow, the team can create an individualized beauty plan incorporating traditional spa facials to address fine lines or acne, chemical peels to erase hyperpigmentation and smooth wrinkles, and microdermabrasion to resurface faces for a perfect canvas for moisturizer, makeup, or clown noses applied with Gorilla Glue. Clients can seek more pronounced results with dermal fillers such as Botox, which enter the skin via injection where they work to immobilize the muscles that cause wrinkles on the forehead and around the mouth and eyes.