Candles, ornamental artwork, and the occasional seashell set the scene at Serene Serenity, a spa whose name basically says it all. Here, certified massage therapists and licensed aestheticians tend to mind and body with services that are at once relaxing and uplifting. Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages loosen up muscles and relieve discomfort, while hydrating facials repair damaged skin and any cursed marks left behind by wizards. Serene Serenity also offers contouring body wraps, as well as reflexology treatments for the feet.
At age 14, Geniana Neto whipped up her first homemade mask from peaches, papaya fruit, and honey to help clear her bother’s oily skin. The experiment piqued her interest in fixing dermal issues and led to a career as a licensed aesthetician, certified advanced-chemical-peel therapist, and hydrafacial-resurfacing specialist. She started Hydro Mystic Skin Studio to help others suffering from excess oil, acne, and other stubborn issues. She also removes unwanted hair on upper lips, tongues, and eyebrows using a choice of soft or hard wax.
If you’re ever going to make good on your New Year’s resolution to climb the outside of the Bank of America Corporate Center, you’re going to need some well-maintained nails. Today’s deal will cover you with a deluxe manicure and pedicure at My Nail Spa–Peninsula in Cornelius for $25 (a $58 value). Geographers agree that the spa is technically a promontory, but you won’t mind once the skilled nail technicians hand you your choice of beer or wine and start to work on your dainty digit-helmets.
Teal and custard-yellow walls help create a soothing environment at Clarifying Waters, which specializes in cleansing its clients from the inside out. During the center's signature colon-hydrotherapy treatments, a therapist uses an enclosed system to infuse the colon with warm, filtered water before gently massaging the abdomen. This infusion aims to rinse away impacted waste matter, helping clients feel rejuvenated, refreshed, or more energized once the service is completed. By cleaning out a portion of the colon, hydrotherapy sessions can also help improve a client's digestive function over time if combined with positive dietary and lifestyle changes.
Although she has more than 10 years of styling experience, Rebecca Wraxall of House of Couture at Sola Salon Studios keeps up with the ever-evolving style world. She attends classes at Vidal Sassoon and MAC Cosmetics, learning styling and makeup techniques she immediately puts into practice in her salon. But as much information as she soaks up, she also doles it out. She shares tips and tricks with her clients on how to pick out styles to suit their facial shapes and how to reproduce styles every day using tools such as brushes, curling irons, and white picket fences.
Whether you feel tight all over or suffer from a single nagging area of soreness, the certified massage therapists at MassageOnBroadway can help your muscles take a breather. To best serve their clients, they start with one of the eight modalities they practice and customize strokes based on individual needs. Some massages, such as the Swedish, use calm strokes to ease the body from head to toe. Others, such as trigger-point therapy, focus on localized knots while deftly avoiding your self-destruct button.