Mary White believes in the power of movement to rehabilitate both bodies and minds. As an alternative health expert who has been practicing for almost 20 years, she relies on an integration of yoga, massage, and water movement therapy to put clients on the path to wellness. Her programs are entirely inclusive, welcoming yoga beginners to experience the same restorative poses that have benefitted athletes and irreparably tangled acrobat pairs.
Inside the studio, a blend of styles—including Kundalini, Bikram, and Vinyasa flow—merge with Pilates and muscle-specific stretches. The combination of motion-based techniques works to combat pain and recurring ailments as it hones enough mental focus to defuse a bomb while stressed out by the fact that you’re in a cartoon in the first place. Mary strives to dispense her teachings to walk-in students as well as specific therapy groups, including Alzheimer's patients and single women in need of support.
Sunlight filters in through Graffiti Hair Studio’s ceiling-high windows, reflecting off polished black shampoo basins that stand out in a space otherwise dominated by light and earthy tones. As stylists escort clients toward the studio’s row of plush salon chairs, their heels click against the hardwood floors, lending a rhythmic counterbalance to the lively chatter that so often fills the room. Once they set to work, the stylists spark up new conversations as they spread smoothing elixirs such as Alterna’s bamboo shampoo across scalps or prep strands for cuts and coloring treatments with Paul Mitchell’s keratin-infused serums. Just a few yards away but entirely removed from the bustle on the salon floor, the spa’s aestheticians hide evidence of aging or membership in underground mud-wrestling leagues with PCA skincare products and exfoliating microdermabrasion treatments.
Beyond boasting a national research award from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and receiving invitations to lecture on the national circuit, Dr. Thomas Funcik holds the prestigious honor of having been chosen by several major pharmaceutical companies to teach the age-reversing techniques of Botox, Dysport, Restylane, and Sculptra to other doctors. Excelling in reconstructive surgery for the nose, face, eyes, and scalp, he also helps faces to avoid the knife with cosmetic skin treatments, including injections, which are personally performed by Dr. Funcik, that fill out fine lines and help to mask scars and chemical peels that use alpha-hydroxy acids to shed damaged skin cells and restore the skin's original childish sense of wonderment. Dr. Funcik is double board-certified and also serves as an assistant professor.
The Mango Spa House's crack team of massage therapists and facial specialists lavishes the mind and body with a wide array of services such as waxing, reflexology massages, and facials. From the forehead to the feet, waxologists eliminate unwanted tufts, clearing away fuzz from the legs and bikini area for women and the chest and man-tini area for men. Aestheticians harness microcurrent technology for body-sculpting and facial treatments, whereas massage therapists mend musculatures with hand-applied Swedish, trigger-point, or reflexology kneadings that soothe away stress left over from a job interview's bomb-defusing section. The Mango Spa House also partners with local practitioners who come in to perform everything from acupuncture to detox massages.
Expert massage therapists at Touch for Life Wellness & Massage cull from Eastern and Western modalities to create a menu of massage and skincare services geared toward helping visitors achieve overall wellness. During a Thai yoga massage, therapists combine elements of acupressure, energy meridian work, and yoga into one relaxing package to lend the body and mind more balance than a unicycle with training wheels. Clients remain clothed on a floor mattress as therapists arrange limbs into yoga poses or strategically direct pressure along meridians believed to channel vital energy. Alternatively, a 60-minute Natural Touch facial cleanses brows and cheeks with a skin-type-specific concoction before an exfoliation buffs away dull skin. After extractions, a facial mask bolstered with natural ingredients renews and soothes skin dry from wintry wind or prolonged exposure to British humor. Customers then choose from an eye treatment to oust dark circles from tired eyes, an extended skin cleansing to the neck and decollete areas, or a brightening peel to reveal younger layers hidden beneath damaged skin.
Claudia's aesthetician training began miles away from Charleston in her native country of Brazil, where she studied Health Education at Anhembi University and worked at spas throughout São Paulo. She brings her firsthand expertise in Brazilian waxing and beauty treatments to each of her five spas, administering a variety of waxing services along with various body treatments, facials, endermologie treatments, and massages. She and her fellow aestheticians also offer threading and sugaring treatments that remove hair without relying on wax. Her passions have driven her to open a network of spas located in North Charleston, James Island, Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, and Columbia.