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.
Tucked within the unsuspecting confines of the Centreville Square shopping center, the newly renovated Eden’s Reflexology Spa offers a soothing atmosphere marked by detoxifying tea baths, steamed towels, and other therapeutic elements. Add-ons such as this are commonplace in the spa's many treatments, including its signature offerings: Asian acupressure and deep-tissue massage. During hands-on sessions, the therapists loosen tight joints and knots as clients lie fully clothed in a common area or private treatment room. To deepen the relaxation, the therapists often incorporate hot stones or pepper in elements of foot reflexology that awaken key regions of the brain that are otherwise too busy worrying about gravity.
Dr. Timothy S. Mountcastle, medical director of Radiance Medspa Fairfax and chief of plastic surgery at Inova Loudoun Hospital, urges the Radiance Medspa staff to examine their clients’ diet and lifestyle when evaluating their skincare needs. His team takes a big-picture approach to wellness and helps clients with long-lasting, youth-boosting treatments, including microdermabrasion, teeth whitening, massage, and Botox. Before appointments, patrons can unwind in a tranquility room where troubles melt away like a pat of butter on a piping-hot dragon tongue.
The Women's Club Fitness Center & Day Spa has brought women together for nearly a quarter century to develop strong bodies and radiant skin. Under the direction of owner Florence Auld, their all-female staff has grown from 15 to 55 professionals who have earned advanced degrees, certifications, and secret handshakes in their fields, including specialists in cardiac rehabilitation and myofascial-release massage. Meredith Chiapello draws from degrees in nutrition and health psychology to direct both the fitness-and-personal-training program and the group-exercise program. Before earning her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University, nutritionist Lucky Bennett fed her interest in women's health at the University of Washington, where she earned a degree in Women's Studies with a focus on women and medicine.
The staff welcomes new gym members by designing them a personalized workout regimen, then walking them through the correct use of strength and cardio equipment. More than 50 group classes add camaraderie to cardio or stretch-and-toning workouts, and childcare is available for a nominal fee to help mothers make friends their own age. Spa treatments focus on revealing fresh, smooth skin all over the body with topical treatments in tandem with pore-clearing sessions in the dry-rock sauna.
Serenity Spa and Salon, an Aveda concept salon, takes pampering seriously. Inside the sun-soaked space, stylists specially trained in Aveda's natural, plant-based approach to beauty design haircuts and color treatments to match each client's face shape, skin tone, and individual style. In the spa, aestheticians incorporate aromatherapy into customized facials and massages, steeping clients in sweet-smelling oils that invigorate and rejuvenate.
A team of trained technicians, master aestheticians, and massage therapists pampers and beautifies bodies in a bright, contemporary salon and tranquil treatment rooms awash in soothing earth tones. Staff guide guests through the spa to allay fine lines and age spots in facials with Guinot Paris and nutrient-rich Dermalogica products, oust stress with relaxing massages, detoxify skin with thermal mud wraps, and pamper nails with a list of nail services. Three levels of hairstylists transform manes with professional products from Moroccanoil, Wella, and Bumble and bumble, crafting looks as sculpted as the bar soap in Michelangelo's shower. The generous crew has also raised money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure by styling clients with pink hair extensions.
From hair design to nailcare, the staff at Amazing Grace Beauty Salon elevate all expressions of beauty. Take, for instance, the anti-aging facial: skincare specialists lather each complexion with cleansers in order to draw out a youthful glow and minimize wrinkles. In the lively salon area, hairstylists cut and shape hair, and nail technicians give hands and feet their undivided attention as they clean, groom, and polish nails. Meanwhile, massage therapists apply Swedish and deep-tissue techniques to loosen muscles and relieve stress.