The motto of New Era Skin and Body is a simple one: "Look better. Feel better. Live better." Tom Donofrio and Iris Cheu believe that each of these leads to the next, so all the massages and skincare services performed in their boutique-style day spa are geared toward the ultimate goal of bettering their clients’ lives. Cheu uses products from ABI Dermaceuticals to help skin breathe, glow, and ditch freeloading blackheads, and Donofrio's massages soothe muscles to relieve tension, instill calm, and preempt daydreams of swimming in a vat of pudding.
Since childhood, Dr. Christian D. Werness has dreamed of bridging the gap between traditional and complementary medicine. He envisions a world where pain prescriptions are fewer and farther between and where those prescriptions are always legible. At HealthSource of Chapel Hill, Dr. Werness—who holds a doctor of chiropractic degree from Life University in Atlanta—strives to make that dream a reality, treating chronic discomfort and injuries with a patient-centered, multidisciplinary approach. Dr. Werness's current team practices a system of care called progressive rehab, which helps to heal ailments through measures such as massage therapy, rehabilitation, and physician-grade nutritional supplements. Having served as a treating chiropractor for the Atlanta Falcons, Dr. Werness also specializes in sports-related ailments.
Dr. Nathan Blakenship adheres to the traditions of chiropractic care in that he eschews all drugs and surgery. Since receiving his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1998, Dr. Blankenship been focused on helping patients heal, specializing in particular in realigning the upper cervical spine during orthospinology procedures. The Dr. now practices at University Chiropractic, which is equipped with technology designed to track down and root out clients' sources of pain—all without breaking the skin. Thermography imaging detects points of elevated heat—a surefire sign of irritation—which shows the seasoned staffers exactly where to target their treatments or warm up their room-temperature coffee.
Touche Medical Spa's beauty professionals welcome clients into private treatment rooms for one-on-one conversations about aesthetic goals. As patients chat about their health, lifestyle, SAT score, and desired outcome, consultants draw up personalized wellness programs that account for each factor. Among the spa treatments, massage therapy restores range of motion, facials rejuvenate complexions, and body treatments stimulate metabolism. These treatments set a relaxing tone for medical treatments, including dermal injections and chiropractic adjustments.
At G'nique's Spa Services, owner, aesthetician, and massage therapist Genique Freeman guides her team with the conviction that total wellness is achieved when each patient feels beautiful, relaxed, and cared for. Freeman's staff makes a point of opening communication lines with each client, welcoming both English and Spanish speakers and discovering their patients' treatment preferences and favorite Kevin Bacon films via a simple online health-history form. Organic and wild-harvested ingredients from product lines such as De La Terre ease health concerns, and skin-purifying treatments are frequently paired with massages to heighten the therapeutic effects of both. Calm lighting and soft music welcome clients to leave their workplace stresses at the door, and a no-walk-in policy ensures patient comfort by safeguarding against overcrowding or a sudden influx of encyclopedia salesmen. Also supporting the spa's philosophy that physical and psychological health go hand in hand, G'nique's encourages veterans and their families to take respite in pampering by offering military discounts on specialty services, such as massages and facials.
For a self-described "mini medi spa," Lavish Medical Aesthetics & Day Spa has a pretty comprehensive roster of services. First there are the facials, which employ Dermalogica products, LED lamps, and microcurrent probes to tighten slack skin and tone complexions. For more thorough exfoliation, the center wields derma blades, microdermabrasion wands, and chemical peels. Then there are the nail services, which can include add-ons such as paraffin and long-lasting Shellac gel polish. The body gets its fair share of attention, too; after undergoing laser hair removal, electrolysis, or waxing, clients can indulge in a salt glow or a back facial that uses hot rocks imported from the sun’s cobblestone streets.
My Bella Spa’s experienced nail technicians cater to fingers and toes on clients of all ages. Adults sip complimentary wine, soda, or water while relaxing in oversize leather pedicure chairs, and younger guests perch on colorful pedicure chairs outfitted with pink bears or princess headrests. Formal dining chairs add a touch of class to the nail-drying station, and a fish tank filled with brightly hued swimmers serves as inspiration for vibrant gel polishes that stay chip-free for two weeks, no matter how frequently you touch strangers on the bus.
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