?I don?t fall asleep?though many people do?but I am relaxed. I lie there, my thoughts drifting from the to-do list of life and, then, naturally, to space,? says Mike Gruss of the Virginian-Pilot, who stepped into one of Float First?s pods for the first time in January 2012. ?I am the John Glenn of the suburban relaxation frontier.? The sense of antigravity Gruss describes in his piece is a common one. It occurs in part because the water inside each 8'x5' i-sopod is heated to skin temperature, which makes it hard to tell where the water ends and one's body begins. Of course, the ability to float effortlessly also aids in creating this sensation. More than 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt combines with 10 inches of water inside each pod, a ratio that helps any man, woman, or unplugged mini fridge to float. Each float session?which can be conducted with the capsule?s lid closed or open, in case patrons are concerned about experiencing claustrophobia?is meant to imbue a deep sense of relaxation in clients, as the tank deprives all senses of stimulation. Aside from making guests feel lighter than air, the soothing session also boasts benefits such as improved sleep quality and faster recovery from muscle injuries.
Though eyelashes are quite small, learning to apply them can be quite a big undertaking. Each aesthetician at SOHO Lashes has endured numerous hours of training through Xtreme Lashes, learning how to darken and lengthen eye fringe in a manner that is comfortable, natural looking, and safe for the eyelashes. Available in various lengths and colors, the synthetic strands are applied one by one using a lightweight, waterproof adhesive that doesn't touch the skin. And since the false lashes are bonded to the real ones, they fall out in accordance with the natural growth cycle. Depending on the desired fullness, application can take anywhere from one to two and a half hours to complete; though afterward, clients can look forward to saving time each morning since they won't need to apply mascara or perk up limp lashes with a daily pep talk.
In addition to applying lash extensions, the aestheticians enhance features with more traditional cosmetics and remove unwanted hairs with waxing services. Groups of gals can come in for bridal makeovers or to get ready for other big events, such as school dances where everyone just stands around awkwardly.
The medical technicians at Eastern Virginia Medical Spa know that losing weight is tricky, and keeping it off is even trickier. That's why they base their medically certified weight loss programs and treatments around equal parts science and support. From low-calorie diets and weight-loss counseling to B12 injections and appetite suppressants, treatments helps clients change their lifestyles while simultaneously shedding inches. While weight loss programs take effect, spa technicians also assist with other aesthetic matters. Body wraps countour bodies with the help of infrared heat, and their Smart Lipo system harnesses the power of ultrasonic energy, which busts up the cellular fat stores without the need for invasive treatments. In addition to helping patients lose weight, they also maintain appearances with laser hair removal sessions and brighten smiles with teeth whitening treatments powered by UV light.
Sweet Treats Spa's beautifiers enhance childhood get-togethers with themed spa-party packages designed specifically for kids, at the spa’s new permanent home base at Chesapeake Square Mall. Upon arrival at the party, technicians pamper partygoers—who get to wear comfy robes—with a series of themed treatments, such as a mani-pedi with cookie-scented lotions for the Girl Scout Cookie party or a tea-infused foot soak during the Princess Tea. Some party packages also include foodie activities such as sundae-making or cupcake decoration. Those wanting more girly goodness can add spa favors such as nail polishes and lip balms, as well as cherry-on-top services, such as glitter tattoos and a chocolate fountain. As the party comes to a close, staffers lead girls in a self-confidence-boosting fashion show where each child proclaims their pride for themselves as well as their secret wish to be reincarnated as Coco Chanel.
Vintage lamps cast a soft glow on the window-paneled doors and eclectic artwork hanging throughout Kim Solip's Salon & Day Spa, giving the all-purpose beauty retreat a comfortable, homey vibe. A warm greeting from the friendly hairstylists, waxing pros, and nail technicians makes clients feel even more welcome before the staff sets to work transforming their appearances. Stylists change the hues and textures of hair or add layered depth with extensions. When they aren’t meticulously trimming and shaping nails, technicians soothe skin with exfoliating masks, dips in warm paraffin wax, and papier-mâché mittens of Chicken Soup for the Soul essays.
Soothing Hands Body Therapy owner Tara has studied both Eastern and Western theories of massage, so it's fair to say she understands bodywork's potential benefits—improved circulation, lower blood pressure, and decreased stress. Her massages also target the lymphatic system, which defends the body against illness the way the Great Barrier Reef defends Australia against a dolphin D-day. Tara's three massage types—Swedish, hot-stone, and deep-tissue—take place in 60- and 90-minute increments.