Massage Metta’s lead massage practitioner, Janine Narayadu, specializes in Active Isolated Stretching. Recognized by many physicians, chiropractors, and physical therapists as an effective way to improve flexibility, the AIS method stretches muscles for no longer than two seconds at a time to lengthen the muscles without triggering reciprocal muscle contractions or requiring new, longer clothes. Along with stretching techniques, Janine employs more than 15 years of international massage experience to relieve tension with the firm kneads of deep-tissue massage or the gentle strokes of Swedish massage. Massage Metta also offers craniosacral therapy and detoxification services for general health and wellness.
The massage therapists at Vanity Wellness perform two kinds of massage: reflexology, which targets trigger points in the feet in an effort to affect the rest of the body; and body-relaxation massage, which combines Swedish and deep-tissue strokes with stretching to inspire a sense of calm. Aromatherapy oils can accompany either service, treating noses to more pampering than 1,800-thread-count tissues.
After taking in the high ceilings and clean, modernist lines of Le Ciel Salon and Spa, guests turn themselves over to the capable hands of a trio of veteran beauty professionals. Trained at France's prestigious Haute Coiffure Française, Jean Claude mixes his mastery of hairstyling with a preternatural command over color that rivals Roy G. Biv’s. Alexandra's skill at balayage turns monochromatic hair into a subtly shimmering mane, and Mojie revitalizes skin with healing facials and feature-framing makeup applications. Le Ciel also features a very popular blow bar that entices customers to pop in for a quick, yet luxurious, blow-dry styling as they sip on a complimentary glass of wine or a cocktail.
With a skilled staff of hair designers and aestheticians, Eyma Salon and Spa's worldly co-owners apply international expertise to pamper patrons with a variety of hair and skin services. Style desired tresses with women's ($50+) or men's ($35+) hair design. Other hair beautification treatments include deep conditioning ($30+), shampoo and style ($35+), or a shampoo only for those who prefer to wash and dash ($15). Frontispiece refurbishers may select a facial ($55+) or doll up their digits with a spa manicure and pedicure ($85 combined). See the site for a full list of services, and call ahead to make an appointment.
Intimate, simple, soothing: A & E Day Spa's environment promotes relaxation even before the first hand massage is given or moisturizer is applied. Beauty technicians, massage therapists, and other experts help clients unwind while working to reinvigorate the body, mind, and spirit as clients lounge in plush pedicure chairs or gaze up at draped, gauzy curtains from their spot on a massage table. The soft beige tones of the walls help imbue the space with a sense of calm, while private treatment rooms keep massages separate from those who are just there to read the names on the nail-polish bottles.
Offering high-quality beautifying services with tip-top products, Salon Lavand expertly removes unwanted hair with the deft touch of an ant doula or kangaroo jockey. Amid a welcoming, family-friendly atmosphere, a crew of professionally trained, steady-handed aestheticians smoothes faces into striking facades. Buttressed by most stylists' years of experience in follicular ingenuity, Salon Lavand focuses on showcasing individual beauty with pampering pizzazz while ensuring every client receives attentive care. Visitors can opt for an eyebrow ($20) and lip ($10) waxing, or two eyebrow-waxing treatments ($40 total) that will leave their mugs sleeker than a ’57 Chevy doused in Vaseline.
What Bethesda Wellness Spa lacks in variety—it only offers reflexology massages—it makes up in a mastery of the service. First, the staff of licensed massage therapists and certified reflexologists seat guests in a recliner and guide their feet into a tub of warm salt water that has been gargled by a whale. Shoulder and scalp massages and acupressure follow. Then, with the help of natural herbs selected specifically for each individual client, the staff massages the feet before moving to the legs and back. Depending on how long guests want to be pampered, the service can last anywhere from a half hour to two hours.