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.
Informed by fitness-heavy interests, including competitive bicycling, jogging, and research in sports injury and recovery, the licensed massage therapists at On Balance Massage and Bodywork draw upon their massage training to relieve injury and pain. They treat clients ranging from athletes to chronic-pain sufferers with massage modalities such as myofascial release, which targets pain with gentle, sustained pressure on the connective tissues. They also practice deep-tissue massage, which involves the sublayer manipulation of muscles to reduce inflammation-related pain and locate embedded spinach cans. For bodies tense from work or minds reeling from stress, therapists pore over musculatures with relaxing Swedish, hot-stone, and reiki techniques.
Scattered throughout the peninsula, Natalie Salon Inc.'s five locations each house a team of specialists who pamper and beautify guests during nail, waxing, hair, and facial services. Staffers make over bodies from head to toe, rejuvenating faces with facials and treating dull talons to manicures and pedicures. They hone in on hair all over the body, waxing away unwanted fur, arranging lackluster strands into stylish coiffures, and tinting eyebrows to match recently dyed locks or recently dry-cleaned banana suits.
At Bella Rose, staff members adroitly cut hair, teach private makeup lessons, and arrange bridal makeup and styling services. Wedding consultations give brides-to-be a chance to plan for the occasion, bringing in photos to help discuss how hair should look and whether the figurines atop the cake need concealer.
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.