The Spa at Ballantyne's signature Carolina Lavender services feature locally-sourced lavender. Photo courtesy of The Spa at Ballantyne.

The Spa at Ballantyne's signature Carolina Lavender services feature locally-sourced lavender. Photo courtesy of The Spa at Ballantyne.

Just in time to help alleviate the stress of the hectic holiday season, The Spa at Ballantyne, a Forbes Four-Star recognized spa, has introduced a new menu that promotes overall health and sustainability. It includes Custom Massage Therapy and Stress Relief Therapy complemented by mainstays such as The Spa’s signature Carolina Lavender services featuring locally-sourced lavender.

“Our carefully curated menu supports our holistic approach to wellness,” says Jana Powers, the spa's director. 

Highlights of the new menu are Custom Massage Therapy, a completely customizable experience that's ideal for those searching for a combination of pressures and techniques. It offers different tensions in different areas catered to the individual. Pricing is $140 (50 minutes) and $180 (80 minutes). And Stress Relief Therapy, a nurturing body wrap that combines the power of biodynamic flower essences, probiotics and rich butters blended to detoxify and calm the nervous system. After a light touch massage the treatment concludes with a mineral-rich foot scrub and relaxing scalp massage. Pricing is $140 (50 minutes) and $180 (80 minutes). Appoinments: 704-248-4141.

Although some purchase minimums apply, an added perk is that guests have access to the spa's resort-style amenities. Its luxurious facilities include a seasonal outdoor pool, indoor pools, Jacuzzi, fitness center and spa lounge area. And since gift-giving season is upon us, gift cards are available at www.theballantynehotel.com.

 

 

IS THIS THE BEST SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER?

Herbal Essences Coconut Milk Shampoo and Conditioner were named the best hydrating shampoos and conditioners by Good Housekeeping magazine. They're available at drugstores for $6 each. 

Herbal Essences Coconut Milk Shampoo and Conditioner were named the best hydrating shampoos and conditioners by Good Housekeeping magazine. They're available at drugstores for $6 each. 

Remember when Clairol's Herbal Essences shampoo hit the haircare scene in 1972 and was all the rage?

If you haven't picked up the brand since then, The O Report recommends you try its new hydrating line of shampoos and conditioners made with coconut milk extract. We tried the Hello Hydration Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner on a whim and were so pleased with the results it's now our favorite bargain brand. 

Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner. 

Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner. 

That's why we weren't shocked when another product from the line, the Hydrate Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner, won a "Best Of The Test" study by Good Housekeeping magazine. Testers marveled at the hydrating results and raved that not only did it clean their hair the best, it also had the highest level of conditioning.