Since 1973, each of Sport&Health's 24 clubs has aimed for full fitness coverage with programs for every taste and family member. Guests can spark positive lifestyle changes with gym workouts and wellness services, or engage in a variety of sports. Each facility houses different athletic amenities for games and laps, from pristine swimming pools to squash and racquetball courts lathered in a fresh coat of peanut butter every morning. The camaraderie of group classes such as Zumba and Les Mills BodyPump barbell routines complement scores of gym equipment meant for exercising solo—or with the guidance of a certified personal trainer. The clubs also emphasize kid-friendly activities with arts and crafts, Kidz Klub childcare, and youth certification courses that teach teens the ins and outs of training. Depending on the location, spa treatments can knead tension from muscles and paint one's favorite kettlebell with a layer of Shellac.
The licensed aestheticians at Sugar Baby Wax call their method of hair removal "hydration waxing." This is meant to differ from regular waxing?which they deem too irritating?and its secret lies in hydrating skin with a special pre-waxing "sauce" prior to treatment. Next comes Sugar Baby Wax's signature "Candy Paste Wax," which actually contains many of the same ingredients found in all-natural candy. This formula is applied to the skin, and hair is lifted from the treatment area with less pain and stress than traditional waxing. A moisturizing anti-bacterial treatment rounds out the appointment, which is always carried out in conditions of extreme sanitation. The aestheticians never double-dip or use old waxes, whether they're removing hair from brows, bikini areas, legs, or bottoms of feet.
Massages at Jetaun's Massage Therapy are custom tailored to meet the needs of any sore back or tense shoulder. The licensed practitioners run down a playbook full of deep-tissue, sports, and hot-stone massage techniques that they blend and manipulate to address their clients' specific injuries and areas of discomfort. Mental bothers, such as office deadlines and the name of the kid in E.T., can also be dulled to invisibility with relaxing Swedish massages and aromatherapy treatments. After clients depart their tabletop havens, they can purchase candles, oils, and massage music that will turn any bedroom or crowded elevator into an oasis of tranquility.
Master aesthetician Maria Conde rarely encounters a pair of legs that she can't make as smooth as silk, or a pair of eyebrows that she can't shape into elegant arches. The hair-removal expert specializes in swift waxing and sugaring treatments for women as well as for men. But that's not all she offers at Maria Body Image Studio. Conde also cleanses pores with exfoliating facials and promotes detoxification with mineral body wraps. Her eyelash extensions add length and volume for weeks on end, staying in place until they fall out naturally or are plucked for an emergency wish.
On the window-lined second floor of a quaint, historical brick building, certified massage therapist Deborah O'Baugh whisks away corporeal tension with her extensive repertoire of relaxing therapies. Her deft handiwork unties all manner of muscular knots, with one-hour onslaughts of soothing strokes aided by various complementary treatments—such as whiffs of aromatherapy and footbaths of moisturizing paraffin—amid the lulling ambiance of private candle-lit treatment rooms filled with soft music and marshmallow fluff.
Situated at the corner of a historic building in Old Town Alexandria, Penelope's Vanity looks as though it’s always been there. During the salon’s 18-year history, visitors have come to consider the salon a stress-free hub where they can leave their anxieties at the door and indulge in hours of time dedicated to themselves. The stylists’ ever-present hospitality is nowhere better exemplified than through the number of clients who stop in to chat or treat their hair to visiting hours with stylists on days they don’t have an appointment. After 5 p.m., the staff opens bottles of wine and champagne for clients to sip as they complete hair and skin treatments.
But the salon isn't only smiles and champagne. Under its neighborly exterior pulses a client-care philosophy rooted in providing superior haircare and skincare. The lead stylist helms the team with training from London's Vidal Sassoon school and excels at matching colors and cuts with guests’ lifestyles. With 18 years of experience in correcting complexions, the salon’s aesthetician is able to help clients overcome skin woes or indulge in an afternoon of pampering. During each shampoo, retexturing, and color service, the team treats hair with Aveda's organic, plant-based, eco-friendly products.