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.
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 São 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.
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.
At Mor Beauty, a certified Matrix salon, stylists keep their fingers on the pulse of trendy hairstyles and beautifying services with an in-house Matrix artistic educator. Mor Beauty’s tress trimmers work on a level system, level 1 signifying a trained beginner stylist and level 4 being the black belt of hair fashion, allowing clients to customize their styling experience to match their budget, hair needs, and favorite number. Lock loppers can shampoo, cut, and style hair ($25–$45+), or twist it into tidy curls to craft a formal updo ($45–$75+). For an all-around new look, a permanent root-to-ends color ($80–$105+) changes hair's tint like a chameleon morphing its color before a lizard beauty pageant. Mor Beauty's professionals also banish unwanted follicles with facial waxing ($8–$18+), body waxing ($15–$40+), and threading ($15–$25+).
At MeTime Massage & Bodywork Essentials, the massage therapists do just as their name suggests—they help you take the time to take care of yourself. Here, owner and licensed massage therapist Michell Simmons—a member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals—draws on six years of experience as she soothes sinews with modalities such as Swedish, deep-tissue, hot-stone, and sports massage, all of which can be enhanced with aromatherapy. When the massage therapists aren't kneading knots and relieving tension, they swaddle clients in wraps made from ingredients such as sea salt, Baltic mud, rose mud, and ginger sugar—the same ingredients that go into mud pies at all the five-star restaurants. She also offers facials, body scrubs, and paraffin-wax treatments, which soften the hands and feet.
Jerine McLean welcomes questions about her approach to massage therapy. She answers them over the phone or during appointments, where she combats muscular tension with three massage modalities. There’s long, gliding Swedish strokes to relax muscles, and concentrated deep-tissue kneads to relieve chronic pains. She also performs neuromuscular therapy—a holistic massage technique that encourages the body to heal itself. And to accommodate busy schedules, Jerine can sit clients down on a specialized ergonomic chair for abbreviated 15-minute sessions.