Inova Physical Therapy Centers is part of a non-profit comprehensive health-care network. The network provides physical therapy across more than a dozen locations, which provide varied forms of physical therapy, from aquatic therapy and dry needling to massage therapy. Each center is staffed with licensed massage therapists with medical and orthopedic experience that can help address specific targets with therapeutic massage, such as the neck, knees, hips, as well as assist with therapy goals. The medical massage program can be tailored to the individual needs of their clients and has treatments appropriate to for pain relief and injury recovery. In addition to varied methods, Inova Physical Therapy Centers also offers numerous specialities, including aquatic and massage therapy, orthopedic and sports medicine rehabilitation, balance rehabilitation, hand rehabilitation, and women's rehabilitation and therapeutic treatments.
Signature Service: Sport massage therapy
Services for athletes: Deep tissue masage, myoskeletal release, deep tissue laser therapy, ultrasound, and electro tens units
Brands Used: Biotone, Biofreeze, essential oils, and Sombra pain relief gel
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 16
Pro Tip: Please arrive 10 minutes before your appointment to fill out pre-treatment forms.
Glenn, a certified medical massage therapist, is a big believer in non-invasive techniques to help manage pain and stress. Many clients bring a doctor's diagnosis to the studio so Glenn can concentrate on specific body areas and complaints, while others come in for med-spa treatments or procedures drawn from Eastern medicine. Of special note: ETPS (or electro-therapeutic point stimulation), a needle-free alternative to acupuncture that stimulates precise points with low doses of direct electrical current to release endorphins and recharge the tiny remote-control cars that carry antibodies throughout the bloodstream.
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.
At Relax Center they take the time to really pamper the skin. Alongside their signature Swedish, deep-tissue, and aromatherapy massages, the team exfoliates dead skin cells with body scrubs. They can also add pure essential oils?which come in a rainbow of fragrances, such as lemon, cypress, grapefruit, and black pepper?to any of their massages. These additive-free oils not only soften the skin; they can augment the therapeutic benefits of the massage by soothing headaches, drawing out toxins, or toning cellulite.
Balanced Bodies' windows look out onto Runnymede Park, where deer often emerge from the woods and blue herons land near the stream. Inside the studio, groups work to capture the animals' ease of movement, flowing from plank positions into mermaid side stretches while maintaining pristine posture and giving effort without strain. Co-owners Carrie Smith and Adriana Ferrer-Perez believe that through Pilates exercises, their students can attain pain-free, fully functional movement for life. The duo oversees seven other instructors—nearly all claiming BASI teaching certifications—who lead classes in mat work, Reformer machines, and the Avalon System designed by Rael Isacowitz. Balanced Bodies also serves as a BASI Pilates teacher-training host facility, where aspiring instructors can undergo comprehensive and specialized teaching courses, including one that demonstrates how to dunk full-size exercise balls.