Jade Aveda is a devoted ambassador of their namesake brand. By using Aveda's naturally derived, eco-conscious skin and hair products, they're able to support their mission to "take care of our guests and our planet, keeping both looking beautiful." In keeping with the Aveda spirit, Jade refers to their services as "experiences," turning even a routine haircut into a chance to unwind by including a scalp massage and other relaxing rituals. As stylists perform cuts, coloring treatments, and complimentary chair spins in the salon, the spa team nourishes skin with brightening facials and rosemary-mint body treatments.
Jade's interest in beautifying the planet and its people runs deeper than what they do at the salon, however. They're also invested in two philanthropic initiatives: the first is an annual fashion show to raise money for the Catawba River Keeper Foundation to protect local watersheds, and the second donates funds to area cancer centers during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Given this devotion to both their clients and their community, it's not surprising that Jade was the recipient of an Angie's List award for outstanding service in 2012.
In 2007, Antoinette Haynes began creating her own petroleum-free herbal jellies and body butters, and before long her genuine passion for skincare blossomed further. Soon after, she obtained her aesthetician license—along with advanced certifications in waxing, threading, and microdermabrasion—and began using her skills to tailor treatments for all ethnicities and sensitivities. Her expertise has even led her to a seat on the advisory council for the Esthetics Technology department of the Davidson County Community College.
Today, the self-made skincare products that initially fanned Antoinette's interest in aesthetics are available for purchase at her skincare suite. The herbal jelly, composed with natural oils and anti-inflammatory herbs, works wonders for dry skin, and has become a favorite among runners who use it to prevent chafing while body sliding across finish lines. Likewise, her shea- and cocoa-based body butters soften skin and sport a soothing fragrance that melds with most other perfumes.
An expert in traditional Swedish massage and neuromuscular therapy, Wayne Saville has been easing the tensions of local residents for more than 15 years. His signature massage combines techniques from Swedish and deep-tissue modalities, resulting in broad, flowing strokes that help calm the nervous system and ease exterior muscle tension. Wayne takes a similarly methodical approach to neuromuscular therapy sessions, during which he examines six distinct physiological factors to diagnose and alleviate muscle pain. These targeted sessions aim to release trigger points or compressed nerves and thereby rectify poor posture and obstructions in the blood supply. Wayne can work with you to discuss the type of bodywork that works best for your ailments; among his effective solutions are rocking movement, movement reeducation, and playing games of hopscotch across the back’s unresponsive pressure points.
Dedicated bodywork expert Julia Groome Allred heads Calming Ground’s staff of six certified therapists, who each employ expertise in assorted massage modalities to engineer customized treatments around clients’ needs. The team calms minds and dissolves tension with such diverse techniques as oncology massage, reiki, and reflexology, and frequently de-stresses champion badminton partners during couples’ massages. Each service assuages aches amid the idyllic environs of The Groome Inn, a 1900s farmhouse turned elegant bed and breakfast nestled on eight acres of lush woods, native North Carolina vegetation, and singing birds that happily field song requests. To further cultivate relaxation, Calming Ground clients can decamp to one of The Groome Inn’s four suites for a nap or catered basket lunch.
In the olden days, nomads and royalty alike made pilgrimages to the lowest point on earth: the Dead Sea. The vitamin-rich waters, which are roughly six times saltier than the ocean, had a therapeutic effect on bathers, dissolving stress, boosting metabolism, and brightening skin tones. Nowadays, the same benefits can be had without a trip to Jerusalem, thanks to L’Ultime Day Spa’s mud wraps, which tighten skin and detoxify systems with the sea’s salt and mud. A team of massage therapists can also relax muscles with kneads customized to each client, in styles that range from Swedish and deep tissue to reflexology, which focuses exclusively on the hands and feet. They can even ply the physique with reiki, energy work that stimulates the body’s self-healing powers without also activating its self-cloning powers.
Esthetic Director Joyce Darr considers her clients' needs her number-one priority, setting an example for the rest of her aesthetic team. Darr shares her expertise as a licensed aesthetician, certified reflexologist, and reiki master teacher to help clients practice healthier lifestyles through a range of services. The staff employs professional products to rejuvenate and soften skin during facials. They also master technology-based treatments including LED light therapy and ultrasound facials to beautify clients and their loyal robot butlers. The Skin Care Center hosts an oncology skincare clinic that provides complimentary services to help alleviate physical and emotional stress for clients undergoing cancer treatments.