Gwen Sinclair always had the calling to help people. Her father had bounced back from severe back surgery in a matter of weeks and attributed his speedy recovery to the healing power found in his twice-monthly massage. That sealed the deal for Sinclair; after completing massage-therapy school, she opened Gwen of All Trades.
As their treatments begin in this cozy 110 year-old renovated house, clients meet with Sinclair, who consults with them about their treatment goals. She then administers a variety of massage techniques.
Above all else, Gwen comes to work in search of more success stories. Her favorite involves a client who exited the treatment room post-session by hopping on one foot. When Sinclair questioned her gait, the client gave a triumphant smile before telling her that, before the massage, she wasn't able to put pressure on that foot! Her limp banished, the client is now a massage true believer and continues to hop into and out of Sinclair's treatment room once a month.
For 20 years, Thurston House's aestheticians, massage therapists, hair stylists, and nail technicians have provided relaxing and beautifying services in a serene, well-appointed house and spa. The spa wields an FDA-approved intense-pulse light (IPL) that gently zaps the follicles of underarms and carpeted upper chests without disrupting the surrounding skin or nearby magic shows. The treatment can also ease the appearance of tattoos, scars, and stretch marks. An on-staff physician helps patients achieve cosmetic goals with facial fillers, including Botox, and a variety of facials and peels further assist faces in their quest to recapture youth. Nail technicians use paraffin, shellac, and hot stones to keep clients hands smooth and nails trim during manicures and pedicures. The staff takes extra care to ensure client comfort amid the facility’s attractive treatment rooms, which exude homey tranquility with wood floors, earth tones, and elegant chandeliers.
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.
At Perfact Brow Art By Threading, aestheticians employ a specialty method—threading—to remove unwanted hair and shape brows into immaculate lines. Using a thin, twisted cotton thread, they roll across untidy hairlines and pluck out multiple hairs at a time from the follicle, resulting in smooth skin for up to four weeks with little irritation. Additionally, Perfact's aestheticians create temporary body art—from ornate designs to the weekend's grocery list—using a natural, chemical-free dye known as henna, or employ Control Corrective or Bioelements products to cleanse faces of dirt and oil during microdermabrasion and facial treatments in completely private rooms.
Each staff member at All About You Salon & Day Spa kicks in some specific expertise, allowing them to work together in the pursuit of beauty and health. Stylists cut and color hair and mold manes into classy updos before patrons go to important photo shoots or get their heads stuck through the bannisters at the White House. Aestheticians armed with wax remove unwanted patches of fuzz and wield gentle chemical solutions to even out skin tones during peels. Drawing on five distinct modalities, including deep tissue and reflexology, massage therapists elicit happy sighs. A weight-loss specialist visits the salon once a week to help customize fitness programs for patrons.
Licensed massage therapist Yvette Dean Gray believes in the power of the human touch to lessen not only physical pain, but mental and emotional pain as well. A member of the American Massage Therapy Association, Yvette draws on her extensive training as she combines Swedish techniques with skin-nourishing oils or lotions to increase blood pressure, decrease stress, and help clients to wiggle free from the straitjackets they've been wearing for months. Yvette also performs modalities ranging from reflexology to hot-stone massage, both in her studio and during massage parties.