In Charlotte, massage is usually just a stone’s throw away—in part because it’s a petite town, in part because there’s so many massage spots. Hotels in Charlotte, NC, for instance, often have in-house luxury spas. The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge’s spa, located in an upscale neighborhood, offers such specialty services as the Four Elements massage, which incorporates aroma, audio, and color therapy based on the client’s birthday element, and ashiatsu massage, during which the therapist balances above the table and uses their feet for deeper pressure. That’s not to mention the city’s other massage-centric spas, such as the beloved Performance Edge Massage and Body Work, where therapists relax physiques with hot-stone and deep-tissue kneads.

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