Charlotte Spa Guide: Top Places to Pamper Yourself
Calgon, Calgon take me away....pamper yourself and enjoy the royal treatment in the Queen City.
by Abby Blanton
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With all the dynamic sights and activities that Charlotte has for residents and visitors alike, it can be easy to forget about the multitude of relaxing spas the Queen City offers. Of course, there are the “tried and true” traditional spas, but there has been a rush of new health movements that have hit Charlotte as well. Want to try IV hydration therapy? Ever even heard of halotherapy? Charlotte’s got it all — and more.
Neighborhood: Plaza Midwood
Relax and let the salt do the rest. Like something out of a sci-fi movie, True REST’S float therapy starts you off in a futuristic pod for a zero gravity, relaxing experience that will leave you feeling rejuvenated. You even have the option to float to the tune of relaxing music and multicolored lights.
Shake the Salty Vibes
Area: Mooresville, NC
Located in the Lake Norman area, Live Well Sauna + Salt exudes the same tranquility as its surroundings, offering a space where both physical and mental well-being are tended to. This spa offers infrared sauna therapy as well as the only dry-salt halotherapy cabins in the area. Interested in trying out CBD for your anxiety, inflammation, or to ease sleep? They can also help you navigate the world of CBD oil as well.
Oh So Icy
The services at Restore are extensive. Ranging from cryotherapy to hyperbaric oxygen therapy to even allergy assessment and treatment, the services at Restore are meant to work together to deliver optimal performance and feeling to the body.
Area: South Charlotte
Touted as “Charlotte’s natural wellness studio,” The Invigory has a variety of organic means by which to repair, relax and invigorate. The Invigory is home to cryotherapy (whole body, “spot” treatment, as well as ice facials), a salt room, infrared saunas and compression therapy.
Neighborhood: Myers Park
Toccare Day Spa specializes in customized, clean and green skin care and beauty treatments. Toccare's services (including facials, massages and hair removal) and products are a testament to their commitment to all-natural beauty and self-care.
Get Your Glow On
The goal of Clean Your Dirty Face is to provide an approachable, non-intimidating facial experience for anyone. Licensed estheticians create a personalized skin care experience that takes less than 30 minutes and help you develop a skin care routine using non-toxic, clean products from the Clean Your Dirty Face line.
Charlotte-native Blair Hayes discovered her passion for aesthetics while pursuing a bachelor's degree in nutrition science and becoming a physician assistant. She specializes in skin treatments including Botox, Dysport, dermal filler, Aquagold, Kybella, PRP facials and microneedling as well as vein treatments. The Skin by Blair shop also carries specialty skin products, including several skin care products formulated by Blair herself.
You don’t get much higher approval than that of the Queen of England and Toska Husted has achieved just that by training at the prestigious school of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology in London. Toska’s spa specializes in highly technical skin care and facial treatments, including light and oxygen therapy, as well as galvanic, high frequency and faradic(electric current) facial treatments.
Just What the Doctor Ordered
“Revitalize, reenergize and recover” is the mantra at Hydrate Medical. IV hydration aka Drip Therapy is the new way to add that pep back in your step. Whether you’re suffering from a short-term hangover or hoping to get an energy or immune boost, the team at Hydrate can customize the hydration and medical grade vitamin treatment to your health goals.
Neighborhood: South End
Pronounced “of me,” this highly specialized spa provides comprehensive medical aesthetic care delivered by a team of medical doctors, physician assistants and medical aestheticians. OVME services include medical grade skin care like facials and RF microneedling; medical spa treatments including CoolSculpting and laser hair removal; cosmetic facial treatments such as Botox, Dysport and dermal fillers; and other health services including B-12 shots and IV hydration therapy.
With experience in no-needle acupuncture, reflexology and QiGong therapy, Yadi Alamin and Joi Abraham provide alternative therapy influenced by ancient Eastern medicine and modern science at Charlotte Traditional Healing. If you think that practice of reflexology is just for the feet, check out this facility for more than just a foot rub.
Holistic health and deep relaxation are two of the main tenets of Kur Health Spa. If the luxurious, state of the art infrared therapeutic suites (think of it as a modern take on saunas) aren’t your thing, the uber-relaxing lymphatic drainage massages may be your cup of tea. Kur also offers salt therapy and bio-electric magnetic therapy.
Spa Day in Session. Do Not Disturb.
Spending the night at the swanky Ritz-Carlton in Uptown isn’t required in order to book a treatment at their hotel spa (although would be a staycation to remember). Arriving early to one of the many luxurious treatments will give you time to enjoy the salt room, relaxation area, pool or fitness center as well.
Tranquility and superior experience is the name of the game at Palestra Boutique Spa in the heart of Charlotte. The team at Palestra offers state-of-the-art skin treatments, non-invasive anti-aging services and massages to help you look and feel your best.
With more than 15 years of experience as a massage therapist and esthetician, Kina Henderson, owner of Piel Body Spa, is committed to offering a truly customized experience for each client with a diverse offering of facials, massages and hair removal services. Piel Body Spa also offers private couples massage classes so you can learn some expert massage skills to take home.
The iconic Ballantyne Hotel in South Charlotte houses an equally exemplary spa facility. The spa offers a wide range of typical spa services (massages, facials, nail care), as well as full-service spa weekend packages, complete with access to their spectacular indoor pool and lounge.
Article originally written by Abby Blanton. Updates by Kristen Moore.