Within the earth-toned walls of Touch Of Brazil, skin experts recharge the health of bodies and minds with services that aim to beautify and relax. Massages dispel stress and unkink muscles, and skincare treatments leave faces smooth over a natural glow. For those looking to trim a few inches from their waistline, radio-frequency body-contouring treatments can break up unwanted fat and cellulite. The beauty experts can also enhance features with eyelash extensions and waxing treatments.
Featured on News13, 15-year veteran beautician Halaina Cauble and her team of salon staffers revamp frazzled head tails into chic styles. Stylists start each mane-coddling service with a cranium-tickling scalp massage and a thorough shampoo that removes oil, grime, and gum dropped by mischievous birds. Savvy shears then trim off dead ends, level uneven layers, and lock locks in place with a cut and style ($40+ for women, $20+ for men, $25+ for children age 10 and under). Patrons can also maintain unruly facial fringe with waxing services for eyebrows, upper lip, or chin ($13 each) or fortify follicles with a protein treatment ($20).
Miriam Bumgarner, the licensed massage therapist and certified reiki practitioner behind Body N Soul Massage, takes the time to talk to each client so that she can tailor treatments to meet their specific needs. Clinical massages with aromatherapy soothe the body and the mind, and reiki massages work to promote physical and emotional peace. Bumgarner also offers Swedish and prenatal massages, and pampers clients with add-ons such as sugar scrubs, hot towels, and hot stones.
Skin Help Studio owner Micki Collett got into the spa industry the hard way. After getting into a serious motorcycle accident, she gradually recovered with the help of physical therapy, yoga, and massage. Inspired by how effectively the massage therapy reduced her scar tissue, she earned a massage license of her own, which she's used to treat professional athletes, heal injuries, and relax stressed-out clients.
Just as a firsthand experience with massage moved her to become a therapist, her own emerging skin concerns inspired her to become an aesthetician. In 2012 she opened Skin Help Studio, where she performs facials with natural, fragrance-free Rhonda Allison products. There she also kneads muscles with eight massage techniques and waxes away hair from the face, legs, and French and Brazilian bikini regions. Ever the traveler—she's lived in Houston and Costa Rica and studied massage in Salt Lake City—Micki attends annual Las Vegas conferences and local industry get-togethers, which help her stay current on advances in the skincare industry and in whatever industry is responsible for making cool booth stuff.
Board-certified acupuncturist and licensed massage therapist Sara Putman of One Life Wellness Studio fights a gentle war against most types of stress. Operating under the belief that the human body needs a helping hand to regulate its health, she combines holistic treatments with lifestyle advice to address each client's personal ailments. Before each massage session and acupuncture treatment, which can include Chinese herbal medicine, Putman investigates the client's medical history and devises the appropriate plan of action during a thorough consultation. She welcomes visitors of all ages and backgrounds into her studio, and ensures guests never feel rushed by reserving large blocks of time for every appointment and hanging wall clocks that whisper, "Hey, take it easy," instead of ticking.
Eastport Aesthetics pampers patrons with a full menu of spa services in a luxurious, relaxing environment. During a fotofacial, a licensed nurse practitioner will use a nourishing combination of intense pulsed light and radiofrequency energy to erase sunspots, age spots, freckle spots, and the other discolorations and spots that life stencils onto your skin while you're sleeping. Afterward, clients can wrap up in a soft and fuzzy robe while ogling Charleston Harbor, then slip back into real-world clothing before steering their freshly tended flesh toward the outdoors.