Licensed acupuncturist Angela Buckridge helps relieve pain and various bodily maladies by precisely placing sterilized needles on vital areas of the body. Buckridge identifies the source of disruption of each patient's particular bodily energy, or qi, during full examinations, which include a diagnosis of the pulse and tongue and a reading of one's middle-school diaries. The restored qi brought on by acupuncture needles helps alleviate the symptoms of illnesses and ailments such as headaches, insomnia, abdominal pain, and allergies. In addition to acupuncture, Buckridge also performs cupping treatments, in which she expertly affixes cups to patients' backs in order to accelerate healing within the body.
Hugged by the soothing arms of the Smoky Mountain foothills, The Spa at Oak Haven offers a variety of deluxe spa services in a picturesque log-cabin environment. Fit for even the weariest lumberjacks and lumberjanes, the almost heaven massage ($75/60 minutes) eases tension and improves circulation according to your personal pressure preference. A deep cleansing facial ($85/60 minutes) reduces blemishes and unclogs pores, leaving your face silky and smooth as a baby seal. Rest atop a spa chair while treating your toes to the ice cream pedicure ($65), which features a flavored fizzing bath of oils, minerals, and fragrances. Sherbet exfoliants scrub out impurities while one of three foot masks—caramel, chocolate-hazelnut, or marshmallow—sweetens the deal. While your mouth chomps on a frozen treat of its own, the process finishes with a foot and leg massage with hydrating body icing and the application of toenail polish to match your new flannel shirt and bright-blue pet ox.
Tangles Hair Studio’s tress sculptors make manes presentable with expertly administered hair styling and coloring for both men and women. With more than 20 years of experience, master stylist Cindy Brewer oversees a small, intimate salon—the coziness allowing for clearer communication between stylist and client, a more personal experience, and riveting staring contests in the mirror. The scissor brandishers first nimbly snip heads of hair that enter Tangles' yellow-walled and brightly lit salon to create cuts easily maintained and preserved at home. After a deft styling, hair undergoes a color treatment performed with Goldwell products. Tangles' coloring services can take care of root touchups or achieve hue ubiquity with an all-over coloring.
The steady hands of a massage therapist at Niche Massage and Reflexology can calm tense and achy customers, who can choose between gentle Swedish strokes and reflexology techniques. Once fully relaxed, clients can stick around for a mani-pedi or peruse the in-house boutique filled with clothing, purses, and jewelry.
At Pipps Salon, stylist Katy Noe works to make the world more beautiful, one haircut at a time. She meets one-on-one with her clients in a private salon room, giving them her full attention as she carefully waxes brows or lips, or snips hair into styles fresher than a backtalking daisy. Should a more complete color change be in order, Katy uses Paul Mitchell products to apply all-over tints or sunny highlights. And the attentive service doesn’t stop when the appointment ends—she offers complimentary haircuts to clients who refer three new customers to her, as well as a discount on follow-up services for first-time visitors.