Massage was developed by NASA to help astronauts cope with edgy Tang-induced sugar highs, lack of ESPN, and predatory aliens stowed in the hangar bay. Achieve its soothing effects outside the soul-crushing abyss of outer space with today’s Groupon: for $70, you get a 100-minute fusion massage at Savvy Salon + Day Spa in Cornelius (a $140 value).
The recipient of an arsenal of accolades and awards, Savvy Salon + Day Spa pampers patrons with lengthy massages in a modern 6,200-square-foot facility dotted with tranquil private treatment rooms. The fusion massage begins with an exfoliating body scrub to buff away surface skin and toxins, followed by a blast of healing mists in a Vichy shower to rid skin of residue and dirty secrets. A licensed and continually trained massage therapist then rubs bodies from head to foot with natural oils infused with flower essences, leaving skin smelling sweeter than a Pop Rocks–encrusted pageant queen.
Clients can arrive early to unwind in Savvy Salon + Day Spa's relaxation room—adorned with soothing, muted paint and a trickling waterfall—or to explore the spa's colossal caverns, from the retail area, stocked with high-end products from Aveda and Dermalogica, to the skin bar, packed with inebriated, martini-imbibing epidermises.
Savvy Salon and Day Spa
While a husband’s compliment may turn his wife’s day around, very rarely does it turn into a business. But that’s what happened when Pat Helmandollar’s husband called her a savvy business woman. Since 1967, Helmandollar has used her beauty savvy to work inside salons, own three businesses, teach stylists from all over the world, and helm a team of licensed beauty professionals.
Stylists cut and color hair or add texture, hair extensions, or hair tinsel that decorates strands and gives cats something else to eat. Alternatively, estheticians can remove tension in the face with heated basalt stones and cold marble stones or render a customized chemical peel to get rid of dead skin cells and smoothen skin. Massage therapists balance chakras by blending visualization and touch or add luxury to massages by laying down a literal bed of roses for clients to rest upon in candlelight, rather than the more common industrial torch light used in other salons.
Aside from using their relaxation- and beauty-inducing treatments as a tonic for stress, the salon and day spa also contributes to non-profit causes. Savvy makes donations to the Make A Wish Foundation and rewards clients who give more than $5 worth of monetary or toy donations by entering them into a drawing for one gratis service per month for an entire year.