Recently named Charlotte's best yoga venue by Creative Loafing, Okra Yoga Tea Massage presents its guests with five ways to relax?or six, if you count sitting quietly and thinking nice thoughts. Clients looking to build muscle and improve balance can take one of more than 10 kinds of yoga classes, including Chillax yoga flow and heated power flow, while breathwork and guided meditation classes help patrons to quiet and open the mind. Those looking to reduce tension can receive a Swedish, deep-tissue, or neuromuscular massage. For a quick calming session, clients can warm their bones with locally-roasted Pure Intentions coffee, or sip a cup of hot or iced Tea Rex loose-leaf tea.
At Mashea's Massage & Wellness Center, the therapeutic kneads come in an array of styles?and, perhaps more importantly, their Swedish massages run for up to two hours. The team also tends to aches and pains with deep tissue's intense, invigorating strokes, as well as reflexology's extremities-focused pressure. Their lypossage sessions, meanwhile, help to smooth skin and flush toxins from the body, where they would otherwise sit and develop into system-clogging tumbleweeds.
Licensed massage therapist Charmaine Kirsch of Sanctuary Massage has been practicing massage since 1995, aided by formal training in physiology, psychology, and nutrition and natural health. With an interest in natural healing and balance, she offers massages that include relaxation, deep-tissue, polarity, hot-stone, and prenatal modalities.
With experience in both spa and fitness settings, a N.C. licensed and nationally certified massage therapist uses her hands to relax the mind and heal the body. The soothing strokes of a Swedish massage take care of the former—the mind shrugs off stress like a poet shrugs off a bar tab—and hot-stone massages combine heat and pressure to evoke the bliss of a tropical beach. For clients suffering from muscular pain or chronic tension, the massage therapist moves her hands at a slower pace and digs up the seeds of discomfort with deep-tissue work. She also offers 60-minute reflexology treatments that benefit from a rejuvenating salt scrub.
At Accessmassage & Wellness, not one, but five types of modalities spring from the hands of massage therapist Frits Hunsel. He treats tense areas with soothing Swedish strokes or delivers firm, focused pressures during deep-tissue and medical sessions. But just because he's mastered each of his modalities, Frits doesn't work from a template. He tailors massages to the individual, stirring in elements of other styles during custom sessions.
Inside the Haywood Park Hotel, licensed massage therapist and aesthetician Johnson not only pampers her clients with deep tissue massages and organic massaging facials. Johnson also features wellness services such as nutritional coaching and holistic health guidance.