The massage therapists at Extreme Relaxation knead potent doses of relaxation directly into sore extremities and shoulders with each massage. During the kneading, torsos, biceps, and Frankenstein neck bolts loosen beneath broad, gliding massage strokes. The lighter pressures of Swedish massage segue into deep-tissue techniques as dexterous hands manipulate connective tissues and lower-layer muscles.
Spa at Manhattan Studios' meticulous phalange technician, Bonnie Triplett, kicks off one-hour mani-pedi sessions by shaping claws and gently pushing back encroaching cuticles. She then massages organic salts and lotions into mitts and paws to exfoliate and soften skin before slicking colorful coats of traditional polish onto finger keratin. For those looking to get more mileage out of their manicure, Bonnie will use CND Shellac polish, which won’t chip, smudge, or flake for up to 14 days—the amount of time it takes to get a passport to Alaska.
Part of the venerable Paul Mitchell network, the Charleston outpost of Paul Mitchell the School features stylish confines staffed by a squad of student coiffure-carvers and professional instructors. While all services performed by students are under the direct supervision of a licensed instructor of pulchritude, Paul Mitchell students style a wide array of hair and nail treatments, creating cute cuts ($10–$15) and up-styles ($20–$25+) or applying chemical relaxers to tame tendrils ($35–$40+). A natural manicure ($10–$15) clips, trims, and buffs nails to a polished sheen, and a pedicure ($20–$25) ensures that toes stay fashionable while trotting in summer sandals or high-stepping across hot coals at backyard luaus.
At Soul II Soul Massage & Salon, licensed massage therapist Faye Holmes uses her talent and passion for massage therapy to ward off stress and the ailments that come with it. She pampers aching muscles and fights anxiety with four types of kneading techniques, from muscle-stretching deep-tissue pressures to trigger-point release therapy. Faye also amps up her sessions with relaxing hot stones, and ensures skin stays as soft as the day it was grown with salt and sugar body scrubs and paraffin-wax treatments.
Behind a quaint yellow-brick storefront, owner Sallie Turner applies more than 20 years of styling experience to each new haircut or coloring treatment. She and her team work amid pink and beige walls, styling strands or beautifying façades with skincare treatments, spray tans, waxing, and nail services. They welcome appointments and walk-ins alike.
SoCa Day Spa is devoted to providing relaxation and beautification for their world-weary clients. Skilled aestheticians are on hand to eradicate erroneous skin cells, flush faces with rejuvenating light, and knead out even the most mulish of knots. SoCa's signature scrub ($75 value), an hour-long exfoliating retreat, utilizes medically ground crystal particles combined with plant fibers, natural enzymes, and Napa valley grape seeds to gently desquamate dead dermis off the top layer of your identity, followed by a Swiss shower to wash away the resulting detritus. Evict painful, burrowing CHUDS from deep within muscle mass with a calming, one-hour, signature massage ($80), which uses different styles such as Swedish, deep tissue, and myofascial massage, to puttifying effect. SoCa's signature facial ($75) enlists the aid of pharmaceutical-grade concentrates to cleanse, tone, restore, and balance your tableau of sensory experience.