By Kitty Bean Yancey
On an island renowned for golf and relaxing vacations, you’ll find more than a few skilled massage therapists and facialists who earn rave reviews. And unlike in some resort areas, it’s easy to find a good massage for less than $100 an hour. So say “aahh” and indulge. Here are some highly rated Hilton Head spas:
From a “quick fix” chair massage to a full-body marine mud masque or makeup application, this multiple-award-winning, three-decade-old restoration spa destination has six treatment rooms and a menu rivaling those of top destination spas. Women can book the “Golf Widow’s Revenge” (facial, body scrub, massage, pedicure). Golfers can soothe sore muscles and perhaps improve their swing with a “Bogey Buster” massage. A treatment you probably won’t find at home: massage with heated seashells. Teens can try an anti-acne treatment using LED light therapy, and groups can book a spa day. For more information, visit facesdayspa.com.
The Art of Massage and Yoga Therapy
This Hilton Head spa with five treatment rooms, a yoga studio and an apothecary that sells herbs specializes in holistic treatments using organic products. Facials, body treatments and massage (including choices for couples and mothers-to-be) are on the menu, and so is chakra balancing and ear cleansing. A soothing touch: the gurgling aquarium in the relaxation area. For more information, visit artofmassagehiltonhead.com.
Back in Balance Wellness Spa
Those with back problems and athletes with knotted-up muscles sing the praises of owner Mike Christensen, dubbed “Magic Mike” for his skillful massage techniques. Specialties in the three treatment rooms are therapeutic and deep-tissue massage work, though pampering in the form of facials and wraps is also offered. So are couples massages and body waxing. For more information, visit massagespahiltonheadisland.com.
Ahh Green Spa
Appointments at this Hilton Head spa begin with a cup of organic tea and a warm peppermint foot soak. Specialties include the “Earth Mother” prenatal massage on a special body cushion and the “sticks” rubdown, during which heated bamboo sticks are used to stimulate blood flow and help therapists coax knots out of tight muscles. A couples’ suite is available for tandem treatments. For more information, visit ahhgreenspa.massagetherapy.com.
Oasis Life Spa
The Oasis website states its mission, quoting ancient Greek anatomist Herophilus: “When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself … wealth becomes useless and intelligence cannot be applied.” No frou-frou manis/pedis here. The focus is on mind/body therapies and healing, including Kriya massage (during which a therapist’s hands never leave the client’s body) and “cupping” to create suction that releases tight muscles and expels toxins. Also offered are energy balancing, “intuitive card readings,” and Ashiatsu massage, whereby a barefoot therapist hangs from bars and uses toes to dig deep. For more information, visit oasislifespa.com.
Seeds of Calm Spa
“One of the best massages I’ve ever had,” write clients on review sites about this spa. Seeds of Calm, with five treatment rooms on two floors, also offers healing options such as Reiki and acupuncture as well as facials, pedicures and nail treatments. There’s a wheelchair accessible room, and services for children three and older. Bridal packages are a specialty. “All of us at our spa are such romantics,” its website proclaims. For more information, visit seedsofcalmspa.com.
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Kitty Bean Yancey is a Washington, D.C.-based award-winning former USA TODAY travel writer. She freelances for publications including AARP Magazine and AAA publications.