Donald J. O'Connor, MD, and the aestheticians at Vita Nova Medical Spa help clients rid skin of unwanted hair, blemishes, and wrinkles through laser treatments and medical-grade facials. Injectable fillers restore the youthful radiance faces lose after years of staring at time sheets and signing their children's expense reports, and sound-wave therapy aims to dismantle cellulite. The spa's Center for Medical Weight Loss helps clients lose weight and keep it off for the long term through a combination of programs catered to each patient.
The certified therapists at Heart and Hand Therapeutic Massage understand that some bodies respond to certain treatments better than others. Keeping this in mind, they offer everything from gentle Swedish techniques to firm deep-tissue strokes. They even have a specialty raindrop therapy designed to align the electrical fields of the nervous system by dripping essential oils across the spine. Heart and Hand’s services, however, extend far beyond the spine. Life coach Lori McGhee offers emotional support, career guidance, and tips on how to improve your health by sleeping better.
For more than 15 years, Mary Seyedan has helped residents of Manassas and Fairfax County look and feel beautiful. Inside her salon and day spa, stylists lighten long locks, adding shape and dimensional color with help from products by Wella and Alterna. Stressed scalps can find relief with a soothing massage or relax as deep conditioners melt into parched tresses to leave them healthy and soft, and 100% human hair extensions by Great Lengths are also available for guests looking to emulate their favorite celebrity or pose as Captain Caveman. Beyond hair, the day spa also caters to nails and curates clearer complexions with facials and body treatments that incorporate exfoliating scrubs, firming fruits, or softening paraffin wax.
Doctor of Chiropractic Ed Carlton found chiropractic care at age 23 after he had spent years suffering severe pain caused by an accident and nearly lost all hope. Not only did a chiropractor alleviate his pain, but the experience also inspired him to study at Texas Chiropractic College. Today he works alongside his wife and fellow alum, Dr. Paola Carlton, to alleviate symptoms of ailments such as carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and herniated disks.
In a caring and personal environment, they employ traditional and technologically advanced methods to heal patients. Far-infrared light treatments soothe aching feet, whereas adjustments help to correctly position joints and eliminate their interference with the nervous system. The chiropractors also use procedures such as electrical muscle stimulation and neuromuscular reeducation to treat maladies caused by the g-forces involved in car accidents. In addition, they employ an advanced LiteCure Class IV system to penetrate deep beneath the tissue with FDA-cleared lasers in an effort to reduce pain and inflammation better than a cold compress filled with melted ice cream.
At the Chiropractic Center of Manassas, Inc., ultrasound waves stimulate deep tissues while the G5 GK3 power massager helps flush lactic acid out of the muscles. A graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, Dr. James Binning works with patients to understand and interpret the source of their pain, then treats symptoms with a cache of high-tech solutions. Treatments take into account factors such as age, weight, and medical history, and include electrical muscle stimulation, neuromuscular reeducation, and traditional adjustments. Dr. Binning also offers customized weight-loss and nutritional counseling plans, as well as pre-sports examinations to assess an athlete’s physical readiness for the fall football schedule or spring Peeps-spearing season.
Stylist Sherry Nasir knows sleek. Her ultra-modern salon is decked out in all-black styling chairs and bright-red walls. And inside those walls, she uses her 15 years of experience to transform unruly manes into silken waterfalls of smooth, shiny hair with precision cuts, styling, and Brazilian blowouts. The popular South American–inspired treatment strengthens frizzy hair with proteins that straighten, smoothen, and protect each hair shaft and make hair more manageable for up to 12 weeks. Clients at De-lush can also opt for waxing services, as well as facials that incorporate organic ingredients such as fruits, vegetables, and bubbles harvested each time a fish breathes.
As its name implies, Spa World blends the spa traditions of diverse cultures into a contemporary oasis dedicated to total-body relaxation. The 50,000-square-foot, modernized jimjilbang—a traditional Korean bathhouse—admits guests 24 hours per day, seven days a week, giving them up to 12 hours of open access to a bade pool, a sauna, a fitness center, and seven poultice rooms.
One of the spa’s many focal points is the bade pool, which targets sore muscles with nine water-blasting massage stations, including a neck shower and a bench jet that sprays high-pressure water onto feet, calves, waists, and sides to increase blood circulation. Nudity is required to keep the pool free of clothing-based contaminants. Blue onyx, amethyst gems, and ice arch overhead in the seven poultice rooms, each of which is artfully decorated and designed to detoxify bodies. Rare substances comprise the walls and ceilings; Korean red clay radiates purifying bio-infrared rays, and salt rocks imported from the Himalayas expand pores. To nourish guests who choose to remain for the day pass’s full 12 hours, the onsite restaurant sometimes pilfers these salt rocks to help flavor its authentic Asian cuisine.