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.
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.
The Spa of Pravana pairs its popular tanning services with spa treatments to help clients look and feel great. Visitors can use one of the spa's UV-tanning beds for a sun-kissed glow in as little as 8 minutes or step into a Mystic Tan standup booth for some quick spray-on color. Airbrush technicians are also available in the spa or on location to give clients a sunless tan with an FDA-approved solution instead of prune juice. Pravana also enlists the help of a board-certified doctor, licensed aesthetician, and certified massage therapist, so clients can supplement their freshly tanned physiques with youthful complexions, clear and soft skin, or relaxed muscles.
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.
Licensed massage therapists Elizabeth Watkins and Yolanda Parrish tend to clients with a variety of massage modalities, calling upon their training, experience, and specializations to create customized treatments. The long, gliding strokes of a Swedish massage unearth tiny lingonberries blocking the flow of blood vessels, and a hot-stone massage loosens knotted muscles with concentrated warmth. Prenatal, oncology, injury, and other styles of medical massage treat specific health issues and help patrons recover from physical traumas.
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.