For nationally certified massage therapist Missy Hammond, massage isn’t just therapy for her clients, it’s therapy for her, too. “I enjoy helping people feel better… I am all for a healthy mind, spirit, and body,” she says. With this enthusiasm and the knowledge gained from attendance at Body Therapy Institute in Siler City, Hammond alleviates pain and increases circulation through a variety of massage modalities or exfoliates away dead skin cells with a body polish. During treatments, she keeps clients comfortable atop a cushioned, heated massage table inside a dimly lit room with soft music, a relaxing waterfall, and a miniature whale that coos haikus.
Body Temple Massage Therapy's owner and licensed therapist, Trisha Lewis, takes a holistic approach to resolving troublesome aches, implementing techniques she learned as a student at the American and European Massage Clinic, where she studied anatomy, physiology, and Eastern philosophy. Trisha personalizes each massage to accommodate clients' specific needs, going hand-to-hand against aches caused by strenuous physical activity or sleeping in dollhouse guest rooms. While Swedish, deep-tissue, or sports massage strokes knead away tension, minds are set at ease by the treatment room's low lighting, sleek wooden floors, and comfortable massage tables.
At The Skin Spa of Wake Forest, talented aestheticians revive skin with a mixture of natural and medical-grade processes and Clinical Concepts products. Highly trained professionals cleanse, exfoliate, and dress faces to minimize signs of aging or lines formed from the stress of typing out a manuscript while wearing boxing gloves. If clients seek to extend the relaxing massages that punctuate most facials, they can plop down on a massage table for a full bodywork treatment. Waxing specialists also stand by, ready to rid the body of unwanted hair and inverted pocket lint.
Prospa Massage and Wellness?s James W. Dunn, a licensed massage and bodywork therapist, tends to tensed-up musculature in serene private service rooms. With stress-melting skills honed over years of practice, the seasoned therapist releases tension with various techniques, including Swedish massage and deep-tissue work. A particular emphasis on Russian medical massage?an especially flexible modality?allows James to customize treatments to fulfill clients? specific therapeutic needs. Treating physiques with the same empathy he employs when performing free hand massages at a local nursing home, the therapist progresses through each treatment carefully to minimize bodily discomfort and avoid setting off spinal security systems.
After earning her bachelor's degree in health sciences, Kneaded Relief owner Sarah Satterwhite felt another passion tugging at her life—her passion for massage therapy. So, she went back to school and earned her certification as a massage therapist before settling down and starting her family. Today, she has returned to the massage world with other skills in hand, including those necessary to render facials and body treatments. Sarah specializes in three modalities: relaxation and its firm but soothing touch, therapeutic and its fast-paced medium-pressure strokes, and deep tissue, which coaxes out feelings of stress caused by their boss, the brain—or as the nervous system calls it, the lead singer of the E Street Band.
Mystique’s stylists all have a passion for hair, but their reasons are deeply personal. Whatever the reason, the team of 12 channels their passions and years of experience into creating new, flattering looks for their clients. Stylists begin each transformation with a thorough consultation in order to craft a cut individualized to each client. Curly-haired clients bask in the prowess of a certified DevaCurl professional, who has been trained to bring out the best in waves and ringlets. For more thorough metamorphoses, 97% natural Aveda formulas provide the basis for color treatments designed to cover grey and add dimension, and Brazilian Blowout smoothing treatments tame frizz and boost shine for up to 12 weeks. Meanwhile, skin, nail, and massage specialists tend to the rest of clients’ bodies with Aveda facials and aromatherapy massages, along with manicures and pedicures crowned in OPI polish.