Donnelle Gaston is a woman with many titles and talents. Currently a massage therapist, Donnelle has also been a nutritional-science grad, Peace Corps health educator in Haiti, and, more recently, a mom. At Moonflower Massage, her past experiences inspire a holistic approach to massage and healing. Well versed in massage modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, movement therapy, and reflexology, to name a few, Donnelle customizes massages to fulfill individual needs and relax her clients without spiking their water with a hearty amount of horse tranquilizers. She also specializes in prenatal massage and oncology massage. Tailored specifically to cancer patients, oncology therapy can ease pain, nausea, and anxiety, and even soften scar tissue after surgery.
Classic and modern style are in perfect harmony at Spa South Salon. Pale-blue walls in the reception area stand quietly by as the oversized zebra-print rug and minimalist black-and-silver chairs nestle atop the gleaming hardwood floor. The stylists accomplish the same combination of classic and modern in their work, sculpting bobs with blunt bangs, weaving golden highlights into lackluster tresses, and snipping tight faux hawks to attract wandering falconers.
Licensed aesthetician Rokeya M. Thomas has what she calls a "passion to pamper," and as owner of The Royal Day Spa, Thomas is ideally positioned to fulfill that calling. Using professional-grade products from the likes of Dermalogica and Bioelements, Thomas treats clients to indulgent, head-to-toe services ranging from botanically infused chemical peels and deep-cleansing facials to therapeutic massages and body treatments. Thomas's dedication to comfort also comes through in the spa's cozy décor, which incorporates soft ivory couches and overstuffed pillows filled with cumulus clouds.
Certified and licensed on both the state and national levels, owner Anthony Dixon found his calling as a massage therapist after personal circumstances drove him to seek out a bodywork practitioner. The success of his own treatments spurred him to pay it forward, which he does at Heaven’s Touch Massage Therapy. Driven by a desire to help clients overcome emotional and physical struggles, Anthony offers Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages. By underlining massage techniques with a belief in their ability to foster health and wellness, Anthony sets out to relieve stress, chronic pain, and shoulder tension from iron-cast epaulets.
After working for years at a health-care recruiting firm, Angela Skipper found her true calling: to help people relax and let go of pain through massage therapy. Harnessing the healing knowledge she gained at Southeastern School of Neuromuscular Massage, the licensed massage therapist strives to ease chronic pain, stress, and sports-related injuries. She kneads away her clients' aches with Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone techniques. Located between Huntersville and Denver near Birkdale, AnVia Massage also encompasses more than relaxation massage—they also target chronic pain, arthritis, and back pain with neuromuscular massage techniques.