Miriam Bumgarner, the licensed massage therapist and certified reiki practitioner behind Body N Soul Massage, takes the time to talk to each client so that she can tailor treatments to meet their specific needs. Clinical massages with aromatherapy soothe the body and the mind, and reiki massages work to promote physical and emotional peace. Bumgarner also offers Swedish and prenatal massages, and pampers clients with add-ons such as sugar scrubs, hot towels, and hot stones.
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.
Lowcountry Loop Trolley's drivers are master storytellers. As they ferry groups on each hop-on, hop-off tour, they spin tales of historic Charleston and its surrounding region. The introduction often proves invaluable to visitors on their first or second trip to Charleston, granting a convenient overview of the area for future venturing on their own. The guides' enthusiastic voices boom about the sandy beaches of Sullivan’s Island, the waterfront restaurants along Mt. Pleasant’s Shem Creek, and the historic USS Yorktown, which floats permanently due to being encased in jello at Patriots Point. Along the way, Lowcountry Loop Trolley invites its passengers to hop off and shop, eat, or explore at their own pace.
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.
At Omega Laser and Skin Care, a staff of deft depilators harnesses the hair-hampering powers of cosmic light to annihilate rogue follicles on each client's overgrown area of choice. Laser light is a quick and effective method for removing unwanted hair. A long-pulse, high-energy laser emits a gentle beam of light that harmlessly passes through the skin and directly targets follicles, effectively banishing unwanted bristle and leaving less opportunity for saving food crumbs on your person. Unlike the lasers utilized by popular film hero and 2010 California gubernatorial hopeful Iron Man, these friendly beams are easy, comfortable, and treat hair follicles faster than other methods such as shaving, waxing, or electrolysis.
Dr. Manly Hutchinson has practiced obstetrics and gynecology for more than 30 years, making his mark as one of the pioneers of endoscopic surgery. He brings the same clinical rigor and professional tact to the practice of aesthetics and to the chore of making his bed in the morning. He's assisted by the staff of licensed aestheticians and registered nurses at the Hutchinson Center for Aesthetic Medicine. They include Angela Heaton, a licensed aesthetician with special interest in working with lasers, treating sun-damaged skin, removing tattoos, and performing a range of other treatments. Dr. Hutchinson turns his focus to minimally invasive techniques for smoothing and contouring the body. Aside from performing laser-assisted liposuction, he relies on laser technology to clear skin of wrinkles, unwanted hair, and superficial veins.
Board-certified ER physician Dr. Don Gates knows the dangers of obesity first hand. After experiencing a 40-pound weight gain and a huge spike in blood sugar levels a little more than a decade ago, he decided it was time to take control. Today, he draws from his own past experiences to help others manage obesity-related disorders or remain at an ideal weigh. At Scale Solutions, he oversees medical weight loss programs that rely on appetite suppressants, diet plans, and fitness routines. To help clients overcome fatigue, he also administers lipotropic injections that are rich in vitamin B12 and metabolism-boosting amino acids.