After earning the 2008 S. Roger Horchow Jefferson Award for public service, Edward Jagen opened Michaela's Grotto to provide holistic interventions that help visitors take responsibility for their health and emotional well-being. Jagen's resume reads like the definition of "Renaissance man": holder of a PhD in theology, a master magician, and a former Major Crimes Special Investigator for the Washington D.C. Police. While combating organized crime against mailboxes on the force, Jagen honed his abilities to read people, a skill he combines with a mode of communication called neuro-linguistic reasoning to help his patients recognize patterns in their thoughts and actions. The center is co-owned by massage therapist and medical intuitive Sophia West, who prefers to work in conjunction with her clients' physicians to pick up where Western medicine has proved ineffective. A nutritionist and a hypnotherapist round out the staff and reinforce the center's emphasis on the interconnectedness of mental and physical health.
The heart of the center is an outdoor labyrinth built to channel a positive energy through passageways that burst forth with flowering plants and choruses of Muppets in the summer. Meditation gardens stretch out beyond the labyrinth in a loose network of tranquil pools, sunlit walks, and a gazebo overlooking the center's medieval-castle-style architecture. Inside, a 375-foot sweat lodge and a warm mineral pool soothe visitors with heat, and a shop filled with aromatherapy products and crystals enables them to take home healing tokens of their journey.
An oasis is a retreat from the everyday, a safe haven from stress and negativity. The therapists at Enomis Oasis Spa strive to cultivate a similarly serene environment and invite their clients to enjoy pampering treatments in a state of complete relaxation. Detoxification services, such as colonics, ionic footbaths, and steam baths, work to deport impurities from this republic of respite, whereas acupuncture, reiki, and reflexology help keep energy levels balanced.
For nearly a decade, certified aesthetician Grisel Peguero has turned to the bottom of the ocean to foster healthy, glowing complexions. But rather than relying on the skin-sloughing properties of suckerfish, she looks to seaweed and mud: two ingredients that make an appearance during her restorative facials and detoxifying body wraps. Grisel also employs hot paraffin wax to naturally hydrate the skin, as well as essential oils—derived from Mother Nature's personal garden—to ease tension and aches during aromatherapy massages.
Callione lives up to its name—which means excellent beauty in Greek—by creating a tranquil retreat where clients can mentally recharge and physically restore their natural beauty. To balance skin oils and tone figures, aestheticians customize facials, herbal body wraps, and men’s skin treatments with products from Repechage, Janssen, and the spa’s personal line of botanical-infused skincare products.
When Dr. Caryl Mussenden was six years old, she knew she wanted to become a doctor. After studying at Howard University's College of Medicine and holding residency at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, she realized this dream. Beginning as a board-certified OB/GYN, Dr. Mussenden taught young women the basics of self care, eventually transitioning into opening her own gynecological and med spa practice, Liposculpture by Design.
In 2006, Dr. Mussenden created the Medi Spa division to welcome clients looking for spa services and laser work. And today, along with her dedicated staff, Mussenden helps men and women achieve their aesthetic aspirations through customized dermal filler injections, chemical peels, laser hair removal, body wraps, and Jade therapy.
Dr. Venetta Kalu puts her expertise in naturopathic medicine to use with an arsenal of detoxifying, holistic health remedies. Whether its an energizing massage or package of body-cleansing services, each treatment begins with a one-on-one consultation to determine medical history and treatment goals. In addition to holistic spa services, Dr. Kalu provides nutritional advice, healthy recipes, and multivitamins shaped like Lady Justice to balance bodies from the inside out. During treatments, clients can sip complimentary herbal tea as soothing music lulls their senses to peace.