The staff of licensed massage therapists and aestheticians at CZ Day Spa mollify muscle aches with flowing massage strokes and purify pores with revivifying facials. The center also hosts daily Zumba classes that pump up heart rates in nonstop workouts to upbeat Latin tunes.
Readers of the Greenville News cast their votes and named The Spa at West End the "Best Day Spa" in both 2012 and 2013. In addition to eight-hour pampering packages, the spa also offers facials, full-service hair and nail services, and makeup services. For an additional fee clients can clean up afterwards with a Vichy shower, which allows patrons to recline on a cushioned table while warm water pours over their bodies. Finally, complimentary steam-room visits and custom-blended aromatherapy oils ensure that the spa remains a relaxing retreat.
For Terry Hall-Hines, practicing naturopathic health care is not just a profession, but a moral imperative. After a holistic regimen helped her conquer stage-four melanoma, she founded Creative Health & Herbal Nutrition to heal others and educate them about natural health care through counseling and workshops. At her clinic, Terry brings together a multidisciplinary team of specialists who collaborate so well that they finish each other's diagnoses. Nutritional counselors bolster the efforts of massage therapists, colon hydrotherapists, and acupuncturists. A team of five iridologists upholds the ancient Chinese art of examining the eye's iris to determine the proper herbal remedies for the body.
Sisters Sarahy Masis and Rossy Murillo had to share things their entire lives, and it's their shared passion for beauty that led them to open their own hair salon. Sarahy simply loves styling, cutting, and coloring hair, and is dedicated to staying ahead of ever-changing hair trends and technologies. Rossy boasts a dynamic sense of style and the ability to work with all hair types, even impenetrable Kryptonian tresses.Together, they make their chic downtown salon a destination for new, personalized styles. Plush, angular couches match the modern aesthetic of boxy salon chairs facing tall rectangular mirrors. Shades of sea-foam green create a relaxing setting for the sisters to perform colors, cuts, extensions, and keratin treatments, along with nail and spa services.
Perhaps it was the warm, friendly service. Or maybe it was the use of skincare products by Aveda. No matter the catalyst, the fact remains that Day Spa 12 West Stone has flourished into a full-fledged spa since starting as a modest salon in 1980. Today, visitors can get pampered and hide from peeping feds for a whole day, enjoying a massage in a softly lit aromatherapy room and relishing a salt glow treatment or a mani-pedi before lunch. When owner Carol McAlister takes a break from soothing her clients into states of bliss, she pours time into her second passion, no-kill animal shelter H.A.R.P.
Jennifer K. Spears, the owner of The African Violet brings her experience in spa and massage therapy to each client she treats. Each formula in her arsenal—from scrubs to masks and wraps—is created by Jennifer from scratch with ingredients such as honey, essential oils, or products with antioxidants. Before each treatment, she takes the time to get to know each client's comfort levels, aiming to create a relaxing experience. The African Violet also customizes Swedish, deep-tissue, and ayurvedic massages for each client after a brief consultation.
Equilibrium Zen Gym's holistic healers continually study traditional Chinese medicine to get the knowledge required to strengthen physiques, not just by treating clients' symptoms, but by healing the root of their problems. Equilibrium's staff of soothers includes George Gantt, who became a Tai Chi enthusiast after a knee injury during his college years, and Ingrid Harris, who left a lengthy career in the business world to become a licensed massage therapist
During the center's reflexology treatment, Harris manipulates specific points on the face in an effort to influence the energy flow in the rest of the body and pull any dandelions that have sprouted between the toes. Fine needles penetrate strategic points of the body in order to balance out the distribution of chi during the acupuncture treatment, and vacuum suction teams with carefully placed cups during the massage cupping, which can increase circulation and prime soft tissue for the absorption of liniments and essential oils.