A team of experienced doctors of chiropractic and assistants consult with patients and devise treatment plans to minimize chronic aches or health issues. ProAdjuster technology works to analyze the motion of vertebrae, and staff perform Graston Technique treatments with a set of specialized instruments that adjust muscles and tendons.
Inside La Bella Dona Skincare's ornate spa environment, Greek-inspired statues and landscape murals line the walls as the friendly staff beautifies bodies with advanced spa services. Technicians pull from a cache of products such as Pevonia and Medicalia during customized facials, and soothe muscles with relaxing massages. For hair removal, waxing sessions temporarily whisk strands away while the IPL laser delivers up to 80% of permanent hair reduction. La Bella Dona’s trained techs also coat physiques with UV-free spray tans, gift nails with up to 14 days of chip-free shine with CND Shellac, and accentuate features with Jane Iredale mineral makeup.
As a division of the American Critical Care Services nursing agency, Wellness For Life aims to prevent health issues before they begin. Led by board-certified massage therapist Candice Merrick, the holistic-minded team of certified massage therapists performs several modalities—including hot-stone therapy and side-by-side couples massages—to stop conditions such as tension headaches, muscular pain, and stress. Staffers enhance massage sessions with automated devices that promote overall health, including an ionic footbath, thermal jade massage bed, and an infrared hand treatment designed to alleviate arthritis in the knuckles and greatly improve hand-jive ability.
The tranquil, nature-inspired ambiance further encourages stress-relief. Colorful prints of seashells complement pictures of gazebos in green gardens and the blurred colors of impressionistic paintings. Each massage also includes complimentary aromatherapy and a warm neck wrap to soothe the senses. After their session, guests can sip hot tea in the lounge or schedule a holistic stress-reduction consultation with Carolyn McCrocklin, PhD, a registered nurse, to maintain their peace-filled mentality.
Inside Olivia Foster’s massage studio, potted plants and oak cabinets envelop guests in a sense of peace—a far cry from the hectic world outside the door’s billowing white curtain. A 1995 graduate of the Richmond Academy of Massage, Foster went into business for herself soon afterward, relieving herself of the stress of punching a time clock until it worked it again. In her own website’s words, she’d rather “care for people without the rush and fuss” of less intimate massage studios, and today she focuses on her clients’ needs while staying attuned to their physical, emotional, and spiritual states. A variety of bodywork and massage treatments impart relaxation while soothing stress and muscle pain, and full-day retreats combine several services for hours of pampering extending through the stressful 8,000,000-decibel sirens that blare every afternoon.
Dave's Auto Spa spruces up vehicles with a mixture of friction and touch-free techniques. Foaming cleansers and soft mitts team up with steady streams of water, 95% of which is reclaimed from previous rinses, to free rides from all manner of grime. Technicians add extras such as foam polish, spray wax, wheel cleaners, and underbody washes during the four signature wash packages and treat paint to Rain-X and leather to conditioners during detail appointments. Drivers can join Dave's Auto Spa's Red Carpet Club for benefits such as free washes, senior and military discounts, and a guarantee that cars will only be photographed on their good sides.
Marcus Harris spent more than a decade spotting ailments as an emergency medical technician and radiologic technologist. During this time, he also noticed something else: how the health-care industry's conventional wisdom often failed patients with stress and pain. To address this shortcoming, he studied massage and natural therapies and opened Hands On Healing Massage Therapy, where, with he mends injured muscles with techniques such as medical massage, myofascial release, and neuromuscular therapy. Rounding out the services is Natasha Hopkins, who is a State Certified Massage therapist as well as a licensed Esthetician. Natasha provides waxing, facials, and body wraps and scrubs, in addition to massages.
Licensed therapist and founder of Eye Intuitive Cheyenne Mcquilkin applies her deft hands and 14 years of experience to assuage achy muscles and joints with a vast array of massage modalities. During Swedish massages, Cheyenne delivers long, gliding strokes of medium pressure to ease muscles into a state of relaxation similar to stretching out in a recliner on a bunk bed. Deep-tissue massage incorporates similar strokes to those of the Swedish modality, but delves deeper into soft tissue, introducing cross-grain pressures to extract embedded muscle knots and break apart adhesions.