Staffers at The Spa at Riverwood perform a variety of pampering services with top-shelf beauty products. Patrons kick back in leather pedicure thrones as nail techs adorn feet with OPI nail polish and CND creams. Meanwhile, aestheticians wax away unwanted facial and body hair, lengthen lashes with extensions, or cleanse pores during facials.
Mary Nichols never saw herself as a physician. She was always guided by a deeper humanistic belief––that all people have a natural right to live in a body that is healthy, energetic, and moves with ease. It's this spark that led her to Wake Technical Community College and a fulfilling career as a licensed massage therapist. In the comfort of Mary's private massage studio, clients may request a hot-stone or Swedish massage to promote relaxation, or deep-tissue or trigger-point techniques to access lower-layer tension. Each session is also a teaching experience. Mary welcomes questions as she explains complex anatomical concepts to clients, such as proper posture, breath control, and how to fold oneself into a flight carry-on bag.
Massage Destination features a diverse array of massage modalities. In addition to more unique options like fire cupping, an ancient healing process that has increased in popularity over the last few years, they offer deep tissue, aromatherapy, swedish, sports, hot-stone, and prenatal, among a number of other massage types. The spa also offers facials, hydration masques, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, body wraps, and waxing services.
Melissa Narron, the co-owner of Botanicals Salon & Spa, never stops learning. After graduating with business and cosmetology degrees, the nine-year beauty veteran has obtained abundant hands-on experience. She has been a Redken color specialist since 2004, to say nothing of her credentials with California Smooth, Mirabella Beauty, CosMedix, and OPI—Melissa's a mani-pedi technician, too. With her training and practice as guidance, she and her team pamper and primp clients with a robust menu of services, including mud wraps, hot-stone massages, and mani-pedis as single treatments or components of luxurious spa packages.
Licensed massage therapist and yoga instructor Shere Carinci believes in the healing power of bodywork and intentional meditation. She offers energy healing, customized massages with acupressure, and foot reflexology in a studio tucked into an acupuncture center. Shere also leads private yoga sessions, during which she helps people become more energized and engaged with their lives.
The staff at Creekside Women's Center—board-certified ob-gyn Henry N. Pleasant MD, Certified Nurse Midwife Wesley Tyler, and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Erin Wright—combine their medical expertise to provide women of all ages with comprehensive care. As each appointment begins, the boutique-style office welcomes clientele with its cozy foyer and cups of coffee and tea. Once inside private patient rooms, visitors slip into cotton gowns rather than ones made of paper or chain mail. Then the staff conducts health services such as annual checkups, primary care, family planning, menopausal treatments, and medical massages. Pleasant and his team also assist patients in achieving weight-loss goals through medically supervised programs and nutritional counseling.