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.
Breathe Studio & Spa looks after women's holistic wellbeing with a roster of pampering services including group Pilates and barre-fusion classes, beautifying spa treatments, and alternative wellness therapies. Owner Elizabeth Birdwell began practicing Pilates after the birth of her first daughter, focusing her study on Balanced Body and Fusion Pilates methods. Staffed by professionals who share Elizabeth's passion for women-focused care, the studio provides women with supportive services to help prepare bodies and minds through all stages of life, from date night waxing services to pregnancy pain-relieving massages to post-natal muscle toning Pilates sessions. Onsite childcare services keep tabs on youngsters as old as eight, which is the age when most children develop their superhuman sprinting abilities.
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 S?o 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.
At I'On Health, Dr. Alan Comen and his team of wellness professionals target potential sources of pain and fatigue with chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, and nutritional supplements. Staffers manipulate muscle tissue during therapeutic massages, using circular friction to boost circulation and focused pressure to make knots confess who stole the cookie from the cookie jar. They also guide clients toward Standard Process supplements made from nutrient-rich whole foods. Products range from multivitamins such as Senaplex to probiotics such as Lact-Enz.