The Esthetic Engineer owner Tiffany Schoefield understands the stressors of the 9-to-5 world. After she ran a ghostwriting business and managed political campaigns, her career took an about-face when she realized she was more interested in slowing down to appreciate life than in speeding it up. It was then that Tiffany turned to what has become her true calling—skincare—and she now devotes herself to helping her clients find their own quiet reprieves from daily life in her inviting spa.
For more than 15 years, Tiffany has trained in some of the skincare industry’s most trusted brands, including Aveda and SkinCeuticals. The spa’s licensed aestheticians help clients improve their skin’s appearance with treatments that include microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and facials with a variety of trusted skincare brands, including Éminence Organic Skin Care and Glo Therapeutics. Among the center’s many specialties are body waxing and makeovers, during which artists apply lash extensions, tint brows, or apply full makeup. Tiffany’s philosophy that her spa is an oasis for self-care and rejuvenation stands at the forefront throughout all of her services, and her staff emphasizes making clients happy with personalized attention and treatments.
Guided by plastic surgeon and owner Dr. Martin Blue, the staff at Mirage Medi Spa cleanses and exfoliates complexions with treatments customized to clients' skin concerns, from hair-removing Brazilian and bikini waxes to medical-grade chemical peels. To ensure the staff meets high standards, each employee is handpicked based on their medical training and then encouraged to further develop their skills with prescription Obagi advanced training and PCA medical skincare line advanced training. At the med-spa, the aestheticians draw on their extensive knowledge during consultations. Understanding that each client's skin is as unique as a snowflake?s thumbprint, the staff scrutinizes skin with a complete analysis. Then, their creativity comes into play. The team uses that information to customize a facial, chemical peel, or microdermabrasion treatment, blending medical-grade ingredients to address concerns ranging from acne to rosacea.
Canvases painted with positive affirmations of “Dream Big” and “If You’ve Got It, Flaunt It” line the walls at Skincare by Lindsey D. This same positive outlook on life permeates her spa, where aesthetician Lindsey reinvigorates visages and confidence with facials, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels, as well as face and body waxing. To that end, she enlists Image Skincare products in each of her custom facials to help reduce the appearance of acne, inflammation, and the ghosts of dead skin cells. After hours, Lindsey turns her boutique into a festive gathering place, hosting wax-and-wine parties for which she supplies the table, wax, and other equipment.
At Bella Lago Salon & Spa, an experienced staff pampers patrons with a customized treatment to melt away stress like a box of crayons resting on a baby's head. The hour-long, tension-alleviating elemental nature massage utilizes a variety of techniques and soothing aromas, depending on the client's bodily aches. The 60-minute elemental nature facial employs essential oil aromas and customized techniques to moisturize and clarify skin while encouraging healthy cell growth. Additionally, visitors will enjoy memorably relaxing confines doused in soft tones and striking wood accents during their stay.
Sometimes a series of painful and unfortunate events can lead people to find their calling. For Danielle Minerva it began with psoriasis, and then neurological disturbances she developed after routine wisdom-teeth-removal surgery. Once she diagnosed herself with Epstein-Barr virus and started exploring ways to ease her discomfort, Danielle realized that her body had the potential to heal naturally. Her experiences with alternative medicine inspired her to help others by pursuing a license in Massage Therapy and a degree in Occupational Studies.
When clients come in with mental and physical complaints, Danielle treats them each individually, using her repertoire of alternative practices to reduce pain and tension with custom massages or Raindrop Therapy, during which essential oils drip along the spine and massaged in the feet using reflexology along with other massage techniques to bring the body into alignment, assist with inflammation, and imbue clients with an overall sense of well-being. She can work to assist clients with a range of maladies from stress to pain; detoxifying chinese-cupping sessions draw out impurities from the skin using the vacuum effect, which utilizes cups placed over clients’ areas of discomfort. Danielle also offers ear candeling designed to reduce ear-wax buildup and help with sinus issues and iconic detox foot bath sessions.
A soft lamp casts its light across the rippling sky-blue curtains that line RelaxLKN's massage-therapy room, evoking the colors and sense of calm that typify many a warm spring day. These relaxing hints of nature can make one forget where one is: nestled inside Divinity Spa, reclined on a table as licensed massage therapist Brandy Male works her nimble fingers across muscles prone to tightness and stress.
Before setting up shop just blocks from the shores of Lake Norman, Brandy began her career in the resort spas of Las Vegas, where she gained valuable experience comforting hyperextended muscles and slot-machine levers. Today, she channels more than a decade of kneading experience into sore backs, stiff necks, and aching exoskeletons. She tailors each massage to the client's preferences, incorporating the long, gentle strokes of Swedish massage and the medium-to-heavy pressure of deep-tissue massage to loosen knots and promote blood flow. Hot stones and aromatic oils further customize the service, engaging multiple senses as they melt stresses accumulated during long workdays or short base jumps. Brandy also doubles as an aesthetician, enhancing brows with subtle tints and honing their shape with waxing services.