A Swedish massage is always a classic, but sometimes you need a little something extra in your spa escape to really melt your woes away. The latest technologies, Eastern medicine practices and even on-site beehive honey create singular treatments at these five Queen City spas. And each experience is as good for your soul as it feels on your body.
Honey Detox and Chocolate Truffle Treatment
The treatment: The Ritz-Carlton's extravagant (and delicious-sounding!) 110-minute experience begins with a full body exfoliation using the hotel’s own rooftop-beehive honey. Next you are slathered in a chocolate truffle wrap to rehydrate your body. The last step in this treatment: a relaxing Swedish massage.
The takeaway: You’ll leave feeling refreshed, and you will smell amazing.
The spa: The Ritz-Carlton Spa & Wellness Center, 201 E. Trade St., Charlotte, N.C., 704.547.2244
The treatment: Technology at its best, over in the Myers Park neighborhood. The Infrared Sauna at this decade-plus-old place is designed to utilize infrared waves to penetrate deep into the joints, muscles and tissue, taking a standard sauna experience to a whole new level.
The takeaway: Relaxed muscles and increased circulation.
Where to go: OM Spa, 523 Fenton Place, Charlotte, N.C., 704.302.1524
The treatment: This healing process focuses on a client’s chi life-force energy. During this massage-based service, Urbana's Reiki practitioner moves energy through the body’s chakras with his hands, clearing blockages and allowing chi to flow freely.
The takeaway: Balance and harmonized energy, less stress.
Where to go: Urbana Wellness Spa, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte, N.C., 704.543.1700
The treatment: Re Salon's updated version of an ancient form of Japanese deep-pressure bodywork uses the feet. A therapist stands above clients on the massage table holding on to sturdy overhead bars for balance and uses his/her feet to deliver the deepest of all deep-tissue massages. Think Swedish with a kick—literally.
The takeaway: Great for athletes and active individuals.
Where to go: Re Salon & Med Spa, 1212 South Blvd., Charlotte, N.C., 704.334.8087
Thai Yoga Massage
The treatment: Combines the relieving aspects of massage with the balance and healing of yoga. The client remains fully clothed and reclines on a Thai mat, while the therapist uses pressure and specific trigger-point therapy to open energy channels along the client’s body. You'll stretch and be stretched, and then stretch some more.
The takeaway: This massage is ideal for anyone needing stress relief, athletes who need firm pressure and range-of-motion stretching and women seeking pre- or post-natal balance.
Where to go: Okra, 1912 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte, N.C., 704.266.1443