THRIVE DIRECTORY 

A wellness resource of local practitioners. To be listed in the next directory, e-mail editor@charlestoncitypaper.com.

ACUPUNCTURE

The Acupuncture Clinic The oldest acupuncture clinic in South Carolina with 21 years of experience. Experts in the treatment of pain and smoking cessation. Open evenings if needed. Karyla L. Gaines. 679 St. Andrews Blvd. 763-3311.

Acupuncture Works Call today for a free consultation to experience gentle, effective relief. Call Gregg Smythe, D.O.M. DAc. 103 Rutledge Ave. 270-2228.

Clinic of Acupuncture With 10 years of practice in Charleston, Dr. Zeyi Chen from China Shanghai Medical University treats headaches, fibromyalgia, weight control, smoking, pain, impotence, depression, and other ailments.5 Daniel St. 571-6913.

Traditional Acupuncture Holistic healing for mind, body, and spirit. Lillian Cooperman, East West Health Arts Center. 792 Folly Rd. 762-6580.

ALLERGY AND ASTHMA

Allergy and Asthma Consultants Providing care for adults and children in the relief and control of allergy and asthma. Drs. Bruce D. Ball, Thomas B. Harper, and Andrew E. Davidson. 102 Morgan Place. 832-9588. 2270 Ashley Crossing. 556-9588. 913 Bowman Road. 881-2030.

AROMATHERAPY

Scents of Charleston Custom hand-blended fragrances, hard-to-find men's and women's fragrances, and scented oils. Ahava, Caswell/Massey, and Burt's Bees products. All natural and earth friendly. 92 N. Market St. 853-8837.

BALLET/DANCE STUDIOS

Academy of Dance Arts The Academy of Dance Arts offers adult classes in ballet, jazz, NIA, and yoga. 709-B Johnnie Dodds Blvd. 224-1096. 577-0656

Charleston Ballet Theatre Teaching since 1967, the school offers ballet classes for ages 3 to adult. Professional classes and jazz classes also available. 477 King St. Downtown. 598 Belle Station at Longpoint Road. Mt. Pleasant. 723-7334.

The Charleston Dance Studio The Charleston Dance Studio, home of the Robert Ivey Ballet, offers classes in ballet, jazz, and modern dance for ages three to adult. $35 per month. 1910 Savannah Hwy. For schedule call 556-1343.

Fred Astaire Dance Studios Offering lessons ranging from social to competitive ballroom dance, Latin swing, country-western. Beginners welcome. 1850 Wallace School Road. 769-0440.

Charleston Dance Center Welcomes 18 mo. & older to learn hip-hop, ballet, lyrical, jazz, and tap. Also offers a dance camp in the summer (4-12 yrs. old). 981 Harbor View Road. 406-7593.

Creative Spark Center for the Arts Offering widely varying types of classes for both adults and children. 757 Long Point Road, Mt. Pleasant. 881-3780.

BREATHWORK

Holotropic Breathwork Specializing in alternate states of healing consciousness through breathing, neurofeedback, and EMDR (eye movement therapy). Promotes spiritual growth, and a connection between the body and emotions. Dr. Michael Mithoefer. 849-6899.

Transformational Breathing A comprehensive and powerful breathing technique. A simple but profound process of consciously directed breathing which activates beneficial responses in the body. Easy to learn and self empowering. Use it anytime, anywhere. Contact Paula Johnson, 971-7770 or Sara Firestone, 971-1731.

CHILDBIRTH ASSISTANCE

Charleston's Women's Wellness Center An OB/GYN office dealing with individual expecting mothers, hormone replacement, and contraceptive management. 5319 Parkshire Way. 767-2121.

Childbirth and Postpartum Doula Holistic labor support (doula) services are designed to empower a woman in her birth experience. Offering nutrition, herbs, mother blessing ceremonies, and post partum care. Adrienne Leeds. Certified Clinical Herbalist. 795-6740 greenhands@knology.net

Lowcountry OB/GYN Midwives assisting in labor, delivery, and postpartum care. Also childbirth, child care, and breastfeeding counseling and education available. 1300 Hospital Dr. Suite 270. Mt. Pleasant. 884-5133.

Mother's Helper A multifaceted service for birthing and beyond. Bradley Natural Childbirth classes get you started with a consumer approach to childbirth. Lin Cook is also a labor doula, attending births. 766-6135 or lin@mothershelper.biz

CHIROPRACTORS

Advanced Spinal Care Dr. Shariff and Dr. Rothmyer provide chiropractic and massage therapy with special attention paid to auto accidents. 1300 Savannah Hwy. Ste. 6. 573-9333.

Chiropractic Solutions Gentle chiropractic care for acute and chronic problems. Also provides corrective spinal care and wellness care to people of all ages. Dr. Benoit uses several different adjusting techniques as well as low force instrumentation adjusting to fit the patient's needs. Also offers myofasial release and trigger point therapies. 423 Coleman Blvd. Suite G. 881-6656.

Bennett Chiropractic Center Looks to the spine for the cause of people's physical and emotional problems. As a family-oriented and sports-related practice, the goal is to lead people to better health by removing nerve interference. Also treats children and adults for scoliosis. 3901 Rivers Ave. 744-6501.

Carolina Chiropractic Specializing in pain, muscle spasms, injuries. 24-hour emergency service available. In-house licensed message therapists and rehabilitation exercises in conjunction with massage and chiropractics. Dr. Robert Pascal. 119 Spring St. 723-6475.

Charleston Neck and Back Dr. Ralph Roles is a board-certified chiropractic neurologist specializing in low back pain, neck pain, and headaches. Initial consultation free of charge. Dr. Ralph Roles, Dr. Austin Murray, Dr. Joseph Barlett. 1835 Savage Road, 763-2225; 2102 Otranto Blvd. 569-2225.

East Coast Chiropractic Dr. Mike Tillman and Dr. Leonard excel in the treatment of headaches and acute and chronic pain. They have a 90 percent success rate in the elimination of headaches. Consultation free of charge. 903-B St. Andrews Blvd. 766-1255.

Family Chiropractic of Charleston Specializing in natural health through chiropractic methods. Manual massage and trigger point massage available. Dr. Brian Lima, Dr. Adam Foster, and Dr. Jay Whitlock. 7565 Rivers Ave. Ste. C. 764-1995; 105 S. Cedar St. Summerville. Ste. C. 832-6999.

Howell and Schultz Chiropractic Utilizing the safest and most researched techniques such as Activator and CBP techniques. No twisting or cracking. Offering therapeutic massage and posture correction. 211 Ashley Ave. 577-5793.

Performance Chiropractic Dr. Evaline Delson, D.C., C.C.E.P. offers free consultations. 1322 Ashley River Road, 556-0101. www.drdelson.com

Robinson Family Chiropractic The mission of this clinic is to help as many people in the community solve and prevent their health problems through the chiropractic principle. Massage and physical therapy also available. 325 Folly Road. 795-2575.

Trident Family Chiropractic Dr. Norman Bishop offers chiropractic care and can help relieve your chronic headaches. 8988 University Blvd. North Charleston. Ste. 103. (across from Trident Hospital). 764-3663

Zimmerman Chiropractic Posture correction, nutritional information, ergonomics training, and massage therapy. Dr. Steve Zimmerman. 520 Folly Road. 795-8898.

COUNSELING

Caring Counseling Services Counseling children of all ages, drug and alcohol abuse, stress management, marriage, relationships, and sexual and physical abuse. 905 N. Cedar St. 875-7642.

Denslow Family Relations Center 23 years of experience in relationship counseling for families, couples, and individuals. 101 Anna Knapp Blvd. 884-8511.

United Way Hotline Free and confidential help offered 24 hours a day. 744-4357 or 1-800-922-2283.

DAY SPAS/BEAUTY SALONS

Balance Day Spa and Salon Full-service neuromuscular massage, skin treatments, and other services. 973 Houston Northcutt Blvd. 971-4115.

Bamboo Spa Salon Full-service day spa specializing in facial treatments, massages, manicures, pedicures, foil color weaves, and corrective color, and waxing. Certified in Japanese thermal hair straightening.125 C Wappoo Creek Dr. 762-1180.

Beauty In Balance Day spa and hair salon with color specialists, manicures, body care, massages, and stress relieving treatments. Aveda products available. 100-B Central Ave. Ste. 1. Goose Creek. 797-1114.

The Garden Gate Day Spa Hot stone therapy, massage, facials, waxing, manicures, body treatments. Full service hair salon. 219 Simmons St. Mt. Pleasant, 881-6911. www.gardengatedayspa.com.

Glow Spa A nurturing spa for both body and soul offering facial therapy, massage, body scrubs, peels, enwraptures, waxing, tanning, and nails. 320 Coleman Blvd. 388-9195.

Grace Salon Spa An Aveda concept salon under new ownership, with all natural products that are easier on the face than microdermabrasion. Offering a wide variety of both spa and salon services. 10 Resolute Ln. Mt. Pleasant. I'On Square. 884-3248.

L'Paradise Salon and Day Spa Extensive selection of facials, manicure and pedicure services, massages, wraps, exfoliators, spa packages, body polishers and scrubs, and waxing services. Full service salon including hair cuts, color, perm, and other hair services. 4254 Ladson Rd. Ladson. 821-8880.

Salon Bellezza Full service salon; offering cuts, highlighting, color, perm treatments, formal up-dos, hair extensions, nail services, waxing, and body and hair products. 636-B Long Point Rd, Belle Hall Shopping Center. 971-4747.

The Spa at Daniel Island Your premier full-service day spa and salon. Facials, manicure and pedicure, massages, wraps, exfoliators, spa packages, body polishes and scrubs, waxing, hair cuts, color, and perm.

Skin Therapy Center Facials, massage, manicures, pedicures, waxing, microdermabrasion, and electrolysis. 5 Daniel Street. 571-1047.

Spa Adagio Offering massage, body treatments, facials, waxing, manicures, and pedicures. 387 King St. 577-2444.

The Spa at Charleston Place Featuring massage, facial, body wraps, manicure, pedicure, polishes, and waxing. Jacuzzi, swimming pool, sauna, steamrooms, and fitness room. 205 Meeting St. 937-8522.

Rick Born's Salon and Day Spa A full-service hair salon and day spa offering hair extensions, manicures, pedicures, massages, facials, body treatments, waxing, airbrush tanning, and Japanese thermal hair straightening treatment. 18 Leinbach Dr. Suite G. 763-1021. www.rickbornsalon.com

Rock Aveda S.C.'s only Aveda Lifestyle salon has the finest selection of all-natural hair care, skin care, and cosmetic products in an atmosphere of healthy relaxation. They also have an in-salon stage for local performers of classical music and artwork by a variety of local artists. 380 King St. 853-6161. www.rockaveda.com

Salon Capelli Full-service salon featuring cut, color, and makeup. 976 Houston Northcutt Blvd. Mt. Pleasant. 884-0001.

Salon Couture High-fashion hair and makeup in downtown Charleston. 420 King St. 853-0505.

Salon Solas Specializes in hair color. Owner Angie Hayes is a national educator, who brings new and innovative techniques. Experience a total makeover or update your seasonal makeup shades. 49 John St. 722-0233.

SoCa Day Spa Full-service, state-of-the-art day spa, featuring customized skin care treatments, message therapy, vichy and Swiss showers, hydrotherapy treatments, spa waxing services and much more. 1043 East Montague in North Charleston Historic District. 529-9500. www.socadayspa.com

The Spa at Charleston Specializing in spa and salon services for over 12 years, offering more than 30 treatments — massage, skin care, hydrotherapy tub, body wraps, hair and nail care. www.spa-charleston.com. 621 Wappoo Road. 766-3530.

Stella Nova "Visiting Stella Nova is like an education and experience in relaxation." Also featured in Elle and In Style magazines. Selected as one of Salon Today's Top 200 Salons in the U.S. 78 Society St. 723-0909. 1320 Theatre Dr. Mt Pleasant. 884-3838. 118 E. Richardson Ave, Summerville. 875-7525. 2048 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. 766-6233. Retail store and makeup studio, 292 King St. 722-9797. Salon and education center, 84 1/2 Society St. 577-2500.

Stella Nova Spa Services include a variety of treatments ranging from massage and body therapy to skin and nail packages to waxing. They offer several spa packages, all designed to rejuvenate, refresh, and relax. 78 Society St. 723-0909. 2048 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. 766-6233. 1320 Theatre Dr. 884-3838. 118 E. Richardson Ave. 875-7525.

Stuart Laurence Specializing in highlights and hair design. All styles are polished to perfection. Hair care provided by Aveda and Bumble and Bumble. Call to request an e-mail brochure for salon and wedding services. 455 King St. 722-6776.

Synergy Day Spa A full-service spa with hair and nail packages available for men and women. Specializing in foot treatments. 1892 Andell Bluff Blvd. 768-4777.

Urban Nirvana Full service day spa, offering numerous massage specialties including Thai Massage, Hot Stone Massage, and Bed Head. Also specializing in skin care treatments and body wraps. West Ashley, 8 Windermere Blvd., 720-8000 and Mt. Pleasant, 636D Long Point Road, 881-1160, 4840 Forest Dr. 15B, Columbia. 803-727-1010. www.urbannirvana.com

Verbena Salon An Aveda Concept salon owned and operated by Wynne Speaks. 360 Concord St. 722-8887.

Whispers on Wentworth Owned by Lynn Huneycutt, voted Best Hair Stylist in the 2005 Reader's Poll, Whispers offers a full-service salon, advanced colorists, makeover specialists, nail manicures, and spa pedicures. 71 Wentworth St. 577-6516. www.whispers.qpg.com

DENTAL HEALTH

Atlantic Aesthetics Dr. Adam Clark is a licensed prosthodontist offering adult comprehensive care with a full line of aesthetic dental services. Services include teeth whitening, ceramic crowns, and veneers. Let Dr. Clark help you make yourself the masterpiece. 1416 Ashley River Road (Hwy 61). 769-0488.

Beth Ann Dillion, DMD Providing family and cosmetic dentistry with a conservative and preventative approach. Offering a full spectrum of services to achieve a healthy, cosmetic result tailored to each individual's desires. 112 1/2 Ashley Ave. 723-5346.

Charleston Dental Associates Belinda Liles Cordray, DMD, practices cosmetic and general dentistry with adults and children. 1875 Savage Road. 766-0721.

DERMATOLOGY/SKIN CARE

Charleston Medical Spa State of the art nonsurgical, anti-aging laser procedures utilizing the most sophisticated laser equipment available. Treatments include laser skin rejuvenation, microlaser peel, laser hair removal, laser vein treatment, massages, facials, microdermabrasion, Obagi Skin Care and Jane Iredale Mineral makeup. 507 Savannah Hwy. 225-FACE (3223). www.charlestonmedicalspa.com

Dermatological Associates of Charleston, P.A. Dr. Michael Hull, M.D. board certified in dermatology. Acne, rashes, warts, skin allergies, skin cancers, mole and cyst removal, chemical peels and vein sclerotherapy. 198 Rutledge Ave. Suite 5. 577-4686. 900 Bowman Road, Suite 103. 881-1013.

Dermatology and Laser Center of Charleston Using the latest technology, DLCC offers the most effective and advanced medical and surgical treatments for skin, hair, and nails. Specializing in treatment of sun damage, permanent laser hair reduction, tattoo removal, and MOHS surgery. 2093 Henry Tecklenburg Dr. 556-8886. www.dermandlaser.com

Marta Hampton, MD Board-certified dermatologist providing full range of dermatological services. 635 St. Andrew's Blvd. 402-9200.

Mt. Pleasant Dermatology Helping you to look your best by offering BOTOX, Restylane, Sculptra, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, Obagi skin care, laser hair removal, and T. LeClerc of Paris makeup. 1280 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Ste. 300. 881-0320.

MUSC Aesthetic Dermatology Board-certified dermatologist and licensed esthetician specializing in advanced skin care for men and women. Offering laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, facials, chemical peels, waxing, thermage, IPL laser, and laser photo rejuvenation. Rutledge Tower. 135 Rutledge Ave. 876-1235.

Trident Dermatology Offering liposuction, psoriasis treatment, vein sclerotherapy, eyelid surgery, mole and cyst removal, laser tattoo removal and more. Dr. Hudson Rogers. 9295-B Medical Plaza Dr. 797-3960.

FENG SHUI

Delphinidae Design Feng Shui Kris Dubick is a practitioner of the Black Sect Tibetan Tantric Feng Shui. She focuses on enhancing the quality of the home or workplace atmosphere. 763-0540 or e-mail at krisdubi@aol.com.

GYMS/HEALTH CLUBS

Armorplate Gym Offering brick house aerobics daily, sauna, free weights, and certified trainers. 119 College Park Rd. Ste. 190, 797-7577.

Charleston Health And Fitness Offering Cybex hammerstrength equipment, juice bar, certified personal trainers, aerobics, spinning aerobics, day care, yoga and Pilates classes, sports nutrition store. 7671-A Northwoods Blvd. 824-6300.

Curves Offering a 30-minute total body workout for women. West Ashley, 1836-G Ashley River Road. 852-2878. 1175-D Folly Road. 406-2878.

East Shore Athletic Club Standard health club equipment and classes, plus boot camps, personal training, nutritional training, yoga, Pilates, massage therapy, and airbrush tanning. Mt. Pleasant, 910 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. 856-8877.

ECO Fitness This center offers a 10,000 sq. ft. facility with 40 cardio machines, free weights, weight machines, 25 spinning bikes, tai-bo, and childcare. 50 classes weekly. 69 Wentworth St. 723-4995.

Faster Fitness Specialized one-on-one workout programs catered to your schedule through personal fitness profiles. A Nova 7 Award winner for Fitness Innovation. 155 Market St. 722-1111. 730 Coleman Blvd. 791-0903. 103 S. Main St. 875-2504.

The Field House An individual-oriented fitness center offering free weights, weight training stations, and cardiovascular equipment. 295 Seven Farms Dr. 201. Daniel Island. 278-0900.

Gravity Fitness A unique gym and personal training facility limited to 150 members. Equipment that is easy on the joints, but still effectively provides true resistance exercise. Physical therapist and nurse on staff. Nutritional supplements and counseling to help achieve body transformation goals. 2700 Hwy. 17 N. Ste. 160, 971-5335.

Ladies Choice A nationwide all-ladies facility offering all the amenities of a regular health club plus dry saunas and a steam room, swimming pool and whirlpool in the Oakbrook location. Pilates, kickboxing, martial arts, yoga, step circuit, and "chisel" body classes. 8780-A Rivers Ave. 572-3400; 10055 Dorchester Road 871-6207; 975 Savannah Hwy. 769-5239.

Lifequest Voted Best Health Club and Best Trainer by City Paper readers. They feature weight equipment, ladies-only facilities, aerobics and kickboxing, boot camp, yoga-Pilates mix, and "Ripped," an intense weight training class. 35 Folly Rd. 571-2828; 610 Coleman Blvd. 849-1414; 5101 Ashley Phosphate Rd. 767-1899.

The Loft Pilates Center The Loft is dedicated to teaching the traditional exercise method of Joseph H. Pilates. Private, semiprivate, and small group mat classes available. 209 Meeting St. 568-0499. www.pilatesloft.com

Mt. Pleasant Aerobics and Fitness Over 65 classes a week includes Tae Bo, Pilates, yoga, Nia (mix of tae chi, martial arts and dance), sports conditioning, step and sculpt, tone zone and many more. 1547 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mt Pleasant, 971-8000.

Pivotal Fitness Offering yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, aerobics and spinning classes. Open 24 hours M-F. 1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. 571-5858.

Praxis Balanced Body Studio Specializing in the Pilates method in a fully equipped studio. Works balance and challenges the body on different planes. Private and semi-private sessions available. 1233 Ben Sawyer Blvd. Suite A. 881-6933.

St. Andrews Family Fitness Plus A 50,000 sq. ft. fitness facility with six racquetball courts, indoor track and heated pool, cardiovascular and 2001 Nautilus equipment, personal trainers, yoga, Pilates, and free nursery service. 70 aerobics and water aerobics classes a week. 1642 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. 763-3850. www.standrewsfitness.com

Steel City Gym Owned and operated by Tres Bennett. No contracts, no enrollment fees. Personal trainers available. 1038 Jenkins Rd. 568-4721.

Wellspring Fitness One-on-one studio fitness training set in a unique, semi-private environment, experience a personalized and skillfully targeted program catered to your individual fitness goals. 207 East Bay St. Ste. 311. 727-9900. www.wellspringfitness.net

World Fitness Classes for seniors and a variety of cardiovascular workouts: cardio fitness, cardio explosion, total body aerobics and a self defense class. 5900 Rivers Ave. Suite D3, N. Charleston. 744-7800.

Ultimate Family Fitness Friendly staff, child care, Pilates, yoga, saunas, low-impact aerobics and sculpting, and martial arts. 3545 Mary Ader Ave. 573-9500.

V Fitness Offering superior amenities and a world-class facility overlooking Charleston Harbor, V is Charleston's only upscale adult health club. Formed by a team of internationally renowned fitness professionals, V represents a new way of looking at fitness. Based on a "whole body" approach, we help prepares participants to progress and perform in daily life. V offers additional health and fitness services through Viriditas Rejuvenation Center (operated by Marti Chitwood, CCN) and Satsang Yoga. 360 Concord St. Ste. 200. 723-3334. www.justv.net

HAIR REMOVAL

Bissettron Treatment Center Expert electrolysis since 1976, ask for Regina. 61 Gadsden St. 723-9682.

HEALTH FOOD STORES

Books, Herbs and Spices A complete natural food store with the largest selection of botanicals in the Southeast. 63 Spring St. 722-4747.

Clinic of Acupuncture Acupuncture and health-related herbs for headaches, back pain, PMS, immune functions, depression and sexual functions. 5 Daniel St. West Ashley. 571-1047.

Earth Fare This health food supermarket carries imported wine and beer, bulk herbs and grains, meat substitutes, soy products, all natural meats and seafood, and a deli and bakery. S. Windermere Plaza on Folly Road, 769-4800. 1100 Market Centre Blvd. 284-0240.

Gary's Organic Organic produce delivered to your home. Free delivery. 747-4843.

God's Green Acre Natural Foods Herbs, teas, soy drinks, ice cream, books, and more. 318 N. Cedar St. Summerville. 873-3953.

The Good Neighbor In business for 24 years. They carry natural food supplements, bulk herbs, natural beauty products, incense, candles, art work, and books. 423-F Coleman Blvd. 881-3274.

GNC A wide selection of herbs and vitamins, plus weight loss, weight gain, muscle building, energy, and nutritional supplements. 334 E. Bay St. Ansonborough Square. 853-2776.

Raspberry's Natural Food Store Organic products, natural foods, vitamins, herbs, macrobiotic foods, natural pet products, vegetarian take-out, and deli. 1331 Ashley River Road. 556-0076.

HOLISTIC HEALTH CARE

Holistic Family Care of Charleston Offering holistic chiropractics, acupressure, kinesiology, and allergy elimination through nambudripad. Holistic approach to allergy treatment. Dr. Bruce Gwinnup. 354 Folly Rd. 795-9333.

Natural Health Center Holistic chiropractor, massage therapy, acupuncture, and nutritional counseling. Also specializing in treating scoliosis and kinesiology. Dr. Anthony Vanderpool. 1965 Riviera Dr. Mt Pleasant. 884-7100.

HYPNOTHERAPY

Life Transformations A safe and nurturing place offering affordable hypnosis and personal coaching for weight loss, depression, stress, ADD/ADHD, building self-confidence, quitting smoking, and more. 1180 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Ste. 235. 225-3036. www.life-transformations.com

Keys To Transformation Rose Marie Swanson practices as an alchemical hypnotherapist, a reiki master, angel consultant, and certified spiritual counselor and akashic records. 738 St. Andrews Blvd. 991-0831.

MARTIAL ARTS

Jerry Brewer Instructing Relson Gracie style Brazilian jiu jitsu, the ultimate self-defense system for men, women, and children. Group and private lessons available at Lifequest. 35 Folly Road. Call 364-9565 for more information.

East West Health Arts In-depth study of the Kung Fu practices of the Shaolin Monks. Plus tai chi, a relaxing meditation and chi kung breathing, and cardio kung fu, a great workout that combines martial arts, cardio, weights, and yoga. 1409 B Folly Road. 762-6580.

International Tae Kwon Do Center Karate coach of The Citadel since 1990 and former coach of the Argentine National Team teaches tae kwon-do and aerobic kickboxing. Yoga, Jiu Jitsu, Tai Chi, and weight training are also offered. First two weeks of classes are free. 3545 Mary Ader Ave. 556-4391.

Japan Karate Institute This family owned and operated center teaches traditional karate for fitness and self defense. Sensei Dale Coker is a 6th degree black belt with 30 years of experience. They offer adult and children's classes or family classes. 1610 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. 763-9661.

Judo and Self Defense Learn judo and jiu jitsu from United States Judo Association certified black belt instructors at a non-profit club in Goose Creek. Classes are Tues. and Thurs. 7 p.m. — 9 p.m. USJA registration required ($40/yr). $20 per month at Oaks Country Club and Fitness Center. Contact Dr. Ronald Charles, seventh degree blackbelt, at 553-6702 or Ken Canty 276-9589.

Masters Studio of Self Defense Masters Studio has something for everyone. Specializing in kickboxing, shaolin kempo, shaolin kung-fu, tai-chi, jiu jitsu, and karate. Adult and kids' classes. Five locations. 1291 Folly Road, 762-1640. 1021 Rifle Range Road, 881-4866. 1888 Raoul Wallenburg Blvd, 766-4376. 7671-A Rivers Ave, 797-1031. www.mastersstudios.com

MASSAGE THERAPY

Body Balance Specializes in Swedish, neuromuscular, deep tissue, sports, and relaxation massage. 766-3668.

Body, Mind, Spirit Specializes in hot stone massage, fibromyalgia massage, therapeutic massage, craniosacral therapy, and skin care. 1579-B Savannah Hwy. 571-3322.

Body & Soul Soothing body massages, paraffin treatments, sugar scrubs, and relaxing aromatherapy, as well as personal coaching. Barbara Foy, 795-1100.

Charleston Massage and Bodywork Offering relaxation, deep tissue, neuromuscular, and sports massages, injury assessment, flexibility training, posture analysis, and yoga. Plus skin care and waxing. 772 St. Andrews Blvd. 763-1227.

Charleston Therapeutic Massage Specializing in soothing relaxation, pain relief, and physical health since 1992. Full range of body massage techniques. Free parking. 310 Broad St. Suite 8. 723-7005. www.charleston-massage.com.

Coastal Massage Therapy Specializing in Swedish, deep tissue, and neuromuscular massage. Works in conjunction with chiropractors. 1350 Chuck Dawley Blvd. 971-2086.

East West Massage Therapy Downtown massages at island prices. 1409 B Folly Road. 762-6580.

Iyashi Massage, facials, body wraps, waxing, oxygen bar, reiki, and energy work. Make appointments online. 426 Coleman Blvd. 849-5454. 219 Simmons St. 881-6911. www.iyashispa.com

Sofia's Therapeutic Massage Medical massage, Swedish and Russian massage, fibromyalgia, deep tissue work, and foot and hand reflexology. 678 B St. Andrews. 571-4777.

A New Image Offering Swedish, deep Swedish, prenatal, sport neuromuscular massage, and skin care. 418 Folly Road. 377-2639.

Summerville Massage Therapy Lypossage body contouring treatment to fight cellulite. 695-0885.

Touch Of Charleston Neuromuscular, deep tissue, sports and Swedish massage. Located inside Holy Cow Yoga. 10 S. Windermere Shopping Center. 813-7708.

A World Of Wellness Swedish, neuromuscular and Thai yoga massage. Gift certificates and gift packages available. Johns Island, 3226 Maybank Hwy. 708-8923.

METAPHYSICS

Jumping Water Metaphysical books and gift shop. Jewelry, music, tarot cards, gem stones, incense, candles, herbs, essential oils, workshops, and more. 1956 C Maybank Hwy. 573-5006.

Numerology by Grace Thompson Call today for your personal profile and consultation using the ancient science of numbers. 367-4354.

NIA TECHNIQUE

Academy of Dance Arts Brown and blue belt NIA Instructors offering classes five times a week. Jazz, dance, martial arts, and yoga moves are combined to improve students' stamina, flexibility, attitudes, and general well-being. 709 Hwy. 17 Bypass, Mt. Pleasant. 884-2983.

NUTRITIONIST

Herbal and Nutritional Consultations Learn how to achieve wellness using the time-honored traditions of nourishment and green allies. Adrienne Leeds. Certified Clinical Herbalist. 795-6740, greenhands@knology.net

Holistic Nutrition Marti Chitwood is the founder and director of Viriditas Rejuvenation Center, a natural health and detoxification center. Nutrition counseling, body work, infrared saunas, and ionized water. Eight practitioners. 360 Concord St. Suite 101. 577-2862. www.viriditasliving.com

OUTDOORS

Air Company Your air-therapy headquarters. Kites, kiteboarding equipment, lessons, windsocks, flags, spinners, and air toys. Experience the healing power of the wind from observation to active sporting. 753 Coleman Blvd. 388-9300.

Charleston Bicycle Co. Full-service bicycle shop, specializing in bike fitting and triathlon outfitting. Beachcruisers, off-road, wetsuits, aero components, nutrition supplies, clothing, and helmets. Home of J&J's Tri Shop. 1319 Savannah Hwy. 571-1211.

Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission Various sporting and recreational programs for yrs. 5-up. Programs include kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, birdwatching and more. Registration fees required. 795-4FUN.

East of Maui Kayaks and Hawaiian Store Specializing in high quality touring kayaks as well as whitewater/surf boats and recreational/fishing kayaks. Also has large selection of paddles and paddling accessories. A wide variety of Hawaiian goods for your home too. 1175 Folly Road. 795-8000.

The Extra Mile Specializing in fitting shoes. Wide variety of running shoes and apparel. Nutritional supplements, swimming and triathlon gear. 976-K Houston Northcutt Blvd. 881-4046.

Half Moon Outfitters Offering all the equipment and clothing for your outdoor needs. Gear for backpacking, rock climbing, and white water and touring paddling. Mt Pleasant location also has equipment for surfing and kite boarding. Also have large selection of hiking maps. 280 King St. 853-0990; 425 Coleman Blvd. 881-9472; 1420 Laurens Road, Greenville, 864-233-4001, 2930 Devine St. Columbia, SC, 803-929-0771.

Ocean Sailing Academy Offering U.S. certification courses from the learn-to-sail level to open-ocean passage. Courses scheduled year-round. New locations in Annapolis and Virgin Islands in addition to Charleston Harbor Marina at Patriots Point. 971-0700 or www.oceansailingacademy.com

The Outdoor Shoppe Canoes, kayaks, hiking gear, outdoor clothing, and running shoes for the outdoor enthusiast. 280 Meeting St. 722-0618. 1539 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. 884-2999.

Parrot Surf Shop One-stop shop for your surfing needs. Complete line of surf apparel and boards. Repairs available. 629 Coleman Blvd. 884-1035.

Patriots Point Golf Link-style course located right on the Charleston Harbor. They recently made $4-$5 million dollars worth of improvements. Eight minutes from downtown. Voted 2001 Charleston Course of the Year. 1 Patriot Point Road. Mt Pleasant. 881-0042.

Quiksilver Surfboards, skateboards, board shorts, swimsuits, sunglasses, and more for men and women. 299 King St. 853-7845.

Time Out Sports and Ski Sells sea kayaks, white water kayaks, canoes, skis and snowboards. Kayak rental available. Featuring Charleston's only indoor climbing wall. 675 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. inside the Sports Corner. 388-6266.

Trophy Lakes A nationally acclaimed waterskiing park. Waterskiing, wakeboarding, and kneeboarding courses for all experience levels. Waterski pulls and kids camps. Johns Island, just off Maybank Highway, 7/10 of a mile west of River Road, on Sailfish Drive. 559-2520. www.trophylakes.com

PERSONAL TRAINERS

Academy of Exercise An innovative approach to personal training. Specializing in neck and back pain, muscle strength, physical therapy, work and sports needs, performance, and fat loss. The staff at the Academy will work with you to ensure that all of your personal training needs will be met. Also offering massage therapy. 815 Savannah Hwy. Ste.102. 556-0003.

Faster Fitness Unique strength-aerobic circuit training gets results. Three times a week for 30 minutes. Locations in downtown, Mt. Pleasant, and Summerville. Call for a free fitness assessment. 730 Coleman St, Ste. 1, 971-0903; 103-B S. Main St., 875-2504; 155 Market St., 722-1111.

Professional Fitness Consultants Certified personal trainer Glenn Herring educates you about nutrition, tailoring a diet to your body type. Regardless of present physical condition, you can have the body you desire. Beginners welcome. 852-5256.

PHYSICAL THERAPY

Perfectly Fit Licensed physical therapist, certified personal trainer. Offers personal training and post rehab at MUSC Wellness center and V. Specializing in children, young and old adults for weight loss, strengthening, balance/postural training, and sport specific conditioning. 762-4200 or 367-0684, coetsel@musc.edu

PLASTIC SURGERY

Anne L. Edwards, MD. Plastic surgery from a woman's point of view. Suite 322 West, 2097 Henry Tecklenburg Dr., St. Francis Hospital, 769-6608.

The Center For Plastic Surgery Body contouring, abdominoplasty, breast enhancement, reduction, or reconstruction, liposculpture, chemical peels, botox injection, and facial rejuvenation. 2683 Lake Park Dr. 797-0440.

Coastal Facial Plastic Surgery Thomas Funcik M.D. Board Certified by American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology, Head, and Neck Surgery. Facial surgeries, skin rejuvenation, and cosmetic services. 1280 Johnny Dodds Blvd. Suite 101 Mt. Pleasant. 884-3277.

Facial Surgery Center Dr. Marcelo Hochman performs facial cosmetic surgery, laser surgery, and pediatric plastic surgery. 2097 Henry Tecklenberg Dr. Suite 212 West (located in St. Francis Hospital) 571-4742.

Natural Hideaway Offering skin rejuvenation facials, laser skin rejuvenation, collagen building laser treatment for wrinkles, microdermabrasion, peels, sclerotherapy for varicose and spider veins, botox, silicon lip enhancement, and laser hair removal. Claudia Welber, MD. 217 Calhoun St. 534-0500.

Palmetto Plastic Surgery Rodney Young MD and Brian Widenhouse MD. 2801 Tricon St, 797-5252 or www.palmettoplasticsurgery.com.

REFLEXOLOGY

Freedom to Relax Massage Therapy Uses massage on the hands and feet to help bring balance to the body. Raindrop sessions of aromatherapy are offered to coincide with treatment. In-office or house calls. Dianah Carrera. 130 West Third North, Summerville. 875-1251.

REIKI

All Answers Are Within Find your true self using the ancient spiritual oracle of rune stones and reiki. Call Shari, 568-2499.Reiki Open yourself to the wisdom and healing energies within. Diane Chaffin and Ken Thomas. 301 East Richardson St, Summerville, 297-2468, www.thepinkdolphin.com

SEXUAL HEALTH

Chateau Adult Exxxperience Video rentals, books, mini-movies, and novelties. 4343 Dorchester Rd., N. Charleston, 554-6732.

Fun 4-2 Lingerie, lotions, massage oils, Kama-Sutra and Shunga products, Wet brand products, DVDs, novelties, magazines, and toys. Full assortment of bachelor and bachelorette party and gag gifts. 1300 Savannah Hwy, Midway Plaza. 571-4221.

Generation XXX Offers wide range of toys, DVD, VHS, couples section, discounted products and more. 7219 Cross County Road. 552-9700.

Wet and Wild Lingerie, exotic shoes, leather and lace, and gift baskets. 2028 Pittsburgh Ave, next to Thee Southern Belle. 958-0578.

STRESS REDUCTION WORKSHOPS

Wellspring Family Chiropractic Wellspring specializes in Network Spinal Analysis, (NSA), a self-healing process that reestablishes connections between your physical, mental, and emotional bodies by restoring and improving the integrity of brain, muscle, and nerve communication pathways. Dr. Amanda R. Tucker is the only Advanced Certified NSA practitioner in the region. 8310 N. Rivers Ave. 797-7274.

TANNING FACILITIES

Aloha Paradise Tanning Center State of the art tanning beds and stand up sun capsule booth. Tanning packages available. 827 Folly Road. 762-5642.

Aztec Tan Eight beds to get you the tan you desire. 3025-B West Montague, 744-0905.

Everlasting Tan The largest facility in the the area. Open seven days a week. They have 19- 10,15, 20, 25 and 30 minute beds and a stand-up bed w/ all types of tanning lotions. No appointment necessary. Also offers airbrush tanning by appointment. 1545-A Johnnie Dodds Blvd. 856-0210.

Ultra Tan Tanning Salon Giant state-of-the-art beds, high medium pressure beds, super 10 minute beds, giant 20 and 30 minute beds, Ruva beds, and stand-up VHR Booths. 30 locations and growing. 334 East Bay Street 723-6292.1200 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. 556-9799. 7800 Rivers Ave. 553-5606.1009 Anna Knapp Blvd. 856-0568. 650 College Park Road, Goose Creek, 572-8888.

WEIGHT LOSS CENTERS

MUSC Weight Management Center For more than 26 years, the MUSC center has been the resource for up-to-date weight control. Compassionate, knowledgeable, and responsible care is offered from exercise physiologists, physicians, dietitians, and psychologists. 792-2273 or www.musc.edu/weight.

YOGA

Blue Turtle Yoga Daily yoga classes in a heated studio at affordable rates. Percentage of profits to be donated to environmental cause each year. 69 Wentworth St. 723-4995.

Core Essentials Pilates The only Pilates studio in West Ashley, specializing in the classical method on state-of-the-art equipment. Offering private or group instruction. 845 Savannah Hwy. 852-2722. www.coreessentialsonline.com

East West Yoga Promoting stretching and breathing, ideal for cross training flexibility and stress relief. Call for class schedule. 1409-B Folly Road. 762-6580.

Gaea Yoga Ashtanga Yoga is at the core of all classes offered. Classes include power yoga, Inyasa flow, hot yoga, as well as prenatal and gentle restorative yoga. Pilates too. Classes are offered daily. All levels welcome. 308 Lucas St. Mt. Pleasant. www.gaeayoga.com or 388-8011.

Holy Cow Yoga Offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes, power or gentle yoga, kids yoga and pre- and postnatal yoga. Also offers meditation, massage and various workshops. 10 South Windermere Blvd. 769-2269. www.holycowyoga.com

Leslie Aimes Certified yoga and Pilates instructor combining methods for an innovative approach. Available at Praxis or privately by appointment. 452-3328.

Pilates of Charleston Offering massage, monthly wellness seminars, and private, semi-private and group mat and apparatus-based Pilates classes, including PiYo-Pilates/Yoga, Small Group Reformer or Tower, Spine Corrector, and New to Pilates. Mention THRIVE and your first Small Group Refomer or New To Pilates class is free. Sea Island Shopping Center. 849-6506. www.pilatesofcharleston.com

Positively Yoga Instruction for beginning and experienced students. Private classes, workshops, and special events available. The Studio Store offers Yoga accessories and unique gifts created by local Yogis. 616 Boone Hill Rd. Summerville, 261-YOGA. www.positvelyoga.com

Rain Flexible clothing for your ever-evolving lifestyle, yoga, Pilates, active, leisure, 308 Lucas St. Mt. Pleasant, 388-8011, located behind Gaea Yoga.

Studio Bliss Offering 20 classes per week — new beginner, prenatal, level 1/2, mixed level, kids yoga, Kundalini, and power yoga. Also private instruction, Swedish and neuromuscular massage, reiki, house calls, and gift certificates. Call for class times. 826 Coleman Blvd. 388-2488. www.studiobliss.cc

The Studio at Phoebe Pember House A holistic center in a beautiful and historic location. Classes include yoga, meditation, and Nia. Workshops offered on dreams, heart callings, psychotherapy group, natural approaches to menopause, yoga, and dance. Small group and private sessions available. 297 East Bay St. 722-4186. www.studiophoebepemberhouse.com.

Yoga Start the weekend right, do Yoga with Rob Savoy. Thursdays, noon and 6 p.m. Sergeant Jasper Apts. 310 S. Broad St. 607-1966.

WELLNESS CENTERS

A Center For Wellbeing Colon hydrotherapy colonics cleanse the system and "help people poop." 769-6848

It's About Wellness Team building, effective communication, wellness and stress management workshops, and NIA technique to improve self esteem, achieve personal growth, realize self empowerment. Contact Christan York, 588-2599 or Lisa Geddings, 345-2185. www.itsaboutwellness.com

Middleton Place Wellness Center Come visit the plantation for a unique experience to rejuvenate your body and soul. The Wellness Center offers yoga classes, meditation and relaxation workshops, labyrinth walks and lectures, an interpretive nature trail, holistic cooking classes, kayaking & outdoor activities, wellness weekend lodging packages, and more. 4300 Ashley River Road, 556-0500, theinn@middletonplace.org


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