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.
Under the guidance of Ramesh G. Patel, a board-certified doctor of internal medicine, the staff at Nivika Medspa beautifies patients with a range of advanced technologies. Technicians harness the power of specialized lasers to help to improve clients? skin tone, reduce wrinkles, or remove unwanted hairs, and they wield multiple tools?including ultrasound devices and HCG injections?that can assist customers with weight-loss programs. Chemical peels that employ PCA Skin products join forces with FDA-approved facial injections such as Botox and Juv?derm, working to reverse the signs of aging or prolonged exposure to the sun. With a setting as groomed as its clients, Nivika Medspa features sleek, high-contrast furniture and colorful accents of modern artwork.
The specialists at European Beaute Concepts help clients retain youthful, healthy looks with skincare treatments, massages, and spa services. Licensed aestheticians offer a menu of 10 types of facials tailored to specific skincare needs, whether you're fighting blemishes or slowly turning to stone. The team's massage therapists ease away inner tension with eight types of massage, from soothing Swedish sessions to massages for pregnant women. A selection of retail products allows guests to replicate regimens at home, with stock including custom-blended make-up, dietary supplements, and aromatherapy candles.
Falling asleep at the spa might be inconvenient during a mani-pedi, but at Marché, it's a normal side-effect of their eyelash extensions. Technicians apply the extensions as part of a natural, full, or extra-full set, lending lashes a more glamorous look for up to two months (with regular touch-ups). The staff's beauty services also include brow waxes, brow tinting, and airbrush makeup applications.
Signature Service: Botox / Fillers
Brands Used: Allergan
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Pro Tip: Free consultation with plastic surgeon
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.