When he was only 9 years old—long before founding Holistic Therapies & Fitness Programs—Henry Oliveras began training in martial arts. This study of Eastern methods and movements naturally led him to the body and energy therapies of traditional Chinese medicine. Today, he helps his clients optimize their health at his residential office in Arlington through massage, tai chi, and qi gong, and even offers a mobile massage service so that busy customers are able to receive treatment in their homes or offices. Henry also works for spas, corporations, and fitness centers as an instructor, and holds a metaphysics PhD candidate, a published author, and a musician who performs under the stage name Que Unlimited.
The massage therapists at Herb Spa don’t focus on offering a head-spinning selection of services—instead, they give their undivided attention to making sure their techniques are highly effective. Both therapeutic and Swedish massage styles are employed to melt away stress and ease body aches, and a deep-tissue massage focuses on releasing deep-set knots within the muscles. Therapists help to further eliminate muscle aches with the use of water-heated hot stones, which aim to expand constricted vessels by increasing blood flow. To release built-up energy within the body, the studio's team relies on pressure-point therapy and singing Motown classics while massaging feet during reflexology sessions.
Since 1993, Ellen LaBella has been honing her expertise in styling and aesthetics. At Salon Kokopelli, which she opened in 2006, Ellen gives patrons the benefit of her carefully curated range of treatments, waxing away unwanted hair, infusing hair with highlights or full color, or rejuvenating skin with nutrient-rich facials. One of those facial specialties is the marine-enzyme facial, which exfoliates the skin and includes a mask of vitamins and oils that are essential, unlike James Bond in a James Bond movie. The Salon Kokopelli team can add a youth-glow hand treatment to facials, which uses a hydrating cream to moisturize winter-wracked hands.
A licensed massage therapist rejuvenates bodies from head to toe. During the Swedish massage, nimble fingers usher in relaxation and send oxygen coursing through limbs with flowing effleurage strokes. Stubborn knots surrender to firmer pressure from petrissage strokes, which are usually used to soothe turtles too stressed to leave their shells. Tranquil bodies peel themselves from the massage table and reposition for a mud mask that mines clogged pores and a nourishing salve that refreshes delicate tissue around the eyes. Feet slowly submerge in a simmering paraffin wax bath to round out the 90-minute sojourn, lingering in the warm pool until calluses soften and toes finish playing Marco Polo.
After clocking in 900 course hours at the Salter School, massage therapist Kendra Retalic now spreads her knowledge of holistic massage therapies with clients in her practice and at charity events. Whether rehabilitating muscles with the compression and stretches of a sports massage or indulging in a soul-soothing reiki session, clients lie upon a padded massage table undressed to their comfort level as Kendra's healing hands serenade their musculoskeletal system for one commercial-free hour. She also taps into the skin-smoothing powers of Dead Sea mud, paraffin wax, and oiled hot stones to rejuvenate exteriors.
For the therapists at Sea Spa, massages aren’t simply a way to pamper oneself for an hour; they are tools that improve the function of the body. They evidence this belief within the earth-toned spa’s soothing environs, complete with hardwood floors, padded massage tables, and plush reflexology chairs. Here, the Swedish and deep-tissue strokes of their relaxing and rejuvenating spa massages are supplemented with natural ingredients. Mineral mud exfoliates during deep-cleansing massages, and sea salt works to clear the skin of toxins, impurities, and tattoos of full recycle bins. Steam loaded with herbs used in chinese and tibetan medicine seeps into the skin during footbaths that aim to detox from the inside, a process that can strengthen immune systems and increase energy.