When Clay Gasparovich dove off the starting block at the US Olympic trials in 2004, he knew that his back wouldn’t prevent him from giving it his all. The All-American Division 1 swimmer was able to participate in one of the more memorable races of his life largely because of his day job as a sports-oriented chiropractor.
When he isn’t keeping himself in peak physical shape, Doctor of Chiropractic Clay tends to his patients’ spinal woes with holistic services that treat the body as a complex, interconnected organism. Manual adjustments and active-release techniques, for example, relieve tension in tendons, nerves, and muscles to improve strength and range of motion. Whichever methods he deems appropriate for individual ailments, Dr. Clay maintains a focus on managing and eliminating pain. Among the advanced tools he uses in his rehabilitation sessions, wobble boards strengthen balancing muscles, and vibration plates tickle stubborn muscles into acquiescence.
Car accidents, invasive surgery, athletic training, a viewing of Wagner's 17-hour Ring Cycle—all of these can cause lower-back pain. Riverside Ergogenics Medical Massage’s licensed therapist Leslie Saxton wrangles with these problematic muscular structures by using intensive clinical-massage techniques. Before she begins exercising her massage prowess, she consults with the client to pinpoint the root of insistent aches. Leslie also advises clients on how to avoid pain in the future, such as the polite way to decline a back-breaking bear hug.
It may be called Spa and the City, but the rippling waters of the Atlantic are barely a mile away. The facility is meant to be a retreat from daily stress––a place to focus on you. Guests can tighten their physiques with exfoliation body wraps or rejuvenate their complexions with facials or chemical peels. Spa and the City also specializes in waxing, ideal for removing hair from your face or the face of a sleeping roommate.
Having begun as a single tanning shop in Greenville during the autumn of 1990, Ultratan has since blossomed into more than 70 locations throughout the Carolinas and Georgia due to its popularity and commitment to quality service. Over the years, the collection of spas has accumulated numerous awards such as Best Tanning Salon from the Daily Gamecock for providing the best equipment in both tanning beds and spray-tan technology. As a member of the International Smart Tan Network, its commitment to safe tans also encompasses a passion for keeping their customers educated about responsible tanning routines and never tanning without a helmet.
Nationally certified colon hygienist Phyllis has been helping her clients at Internal Fitness lose weight, feel better, and make a commitment to well-being for nearly 10 years. In addition to colon-hydrotherapy treatments, Internal Fitness offers detoxifying infrared-sauna sessions and ionic footbaths.
Certified Rolfer Will Schilling helps improve clients’ posture and range of movement through a hands-on manipulation technique that was developed more than 50 years ago. During Rolfing sessions, which include a postural and walking analysis, he reworks connective tissue to relieve tension and long-held patterns, as well as increase flexibility.
Using CosMedix peels, five types of facials, and expertly applied MAC makeup, the aestheticians at Changes Day Spa revitalizes faces. They also draw from a menu of waxing services to further enhance the body's aerodynamic properties, particularly important for launching into space. The team's massage therapists specially design prenatal massages to relieve lower back pain for mothers-to-be, and use hot-stone or deep-tissue treatments to ease chronic pain.