Hanging lamps throw flickers of amber light onto the dark walls of Tea Spa's lobby, a tranquil cove that foreshadows the pampering performed beyond the front room. Included on a list of Washingtonian magazine's "Great Day Spas 2013," the spa's licensed massage therapists use varied massage techniques, essential oils, and hot towels during bodywork treatments such as a signature massage. Clients can also use their brief reprieve from the harshly lit outside world to nourish skin with a vitamin-infused facial or to decompress in the infrared sauna and bid adieu to toxins before they have a chance to settle in and wire the body for basic cable.
Shila Yazdani, D.D.S., an expert implantologist, and Michael M. Mortazie, D.D.S., a specialist in prosthetic and neuromuscular dentistry, join forces at Revive Dentistry. Though they oversee standard exams and cleanings, these multi-talented dentists also improve dental appearance and function through a range of cosmetic and surgical services. Porcelain veneers and crowns are custom-fit to protect and restore the appearance of damaged teeth, while Invisalign straightening and teeth whitening make chompers precise and attractive enough to cut the ribbon at an opening ceremony. Technicians' adept hands also correct jaw function with neuromuscular therapy and specialized dental implants. The clinic doesn't just fix problems, though: diagnostic equipment from OralDNA Labs helps to uncover mouth disease and prevent additional damage.
A hint of Mint is in the air at this spacious, limited membership gym and health club in downtown Washington DC. The light-filled facility offers up the whole nine yards of gym options, from free weights to Life Fitness cardio equipment to Cybex machines. Classes range from Pilates to yoga to spinning, but what sets Mint apart is its emphasis on overall wellness. The upscale workout spot offers nutrition counseling, and there’s an on-site spa featuring massage treatments. The spa is open to non-members, but if you want to be a short-term member, day and multi-day passes that don’t cost a mint are available.
Though two hands and a back are the basic ingredients for most massages, the staff at Healthy Self Therapy & Wellness Center doesn't shy away from mixing in additional flavor—such as another pair of hands. The four-hands massage treats physiques to the simultaneous expertise of two seasoned therapists, who mirror each other's movements for full-body coverage. The team's many modalities also call upon cups for creating vacuum seals on the skin, hot stones for unwinding knots, and paraffin wax for softening hands and feet. Even when massages don't call for any outside help, the muscle gurus alter their styles based on assessments of each client's condition.
This custom approach can lead to both classic and obscure disciplines. For example, a relaxing therapeutic massage can quell surface aches, whereas a cellulite-therapeutic massage strives to tighten the skin without simply clothespinning it back at the spine. Whether patrons hope to dispel mental anxiety or chronic pain, the therapists tackle their ailments with long-term relief in mind. However, five-minute chair massages are also available for those who need a brief but focused moment of muscular meditation.
A quest for continued education is what fueled Dr. Ivory Hancock's rise from dental student to CEO. In the years after graduating with a doctorate degree from Temple University’s School of Dentistry, she became chief resident at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in New York City and later studied advanced aesthetic dentistry at the Rosenthal Institute at New York University. Today, as CEO of Presidential Dental Group, she and her experienced team schedule preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services that range from routine cleanings to Invisalign teeth straightening. But what may be most striking about Dr. Hancock's office, perhaps, is her team's commitment to patient comfort and dental technology. Each location pampers patients with aromatherapy, blankets, and warm towels, and employs advanced tools such as diode lasers, digital impressions, and entertaining holograms of straight, white teeth dancing.
Take care of your gums. That's one piece of advice from the staff at Universal Smiles DC. Gum problems can spread to the teeth and cause damage to the enamel, which could eventually necessitate extensive restoration or total tooth replacement. Although the dentists at Universal Smiles DC specializes in prosthodontics treatments, such as dental implants, veneers, and crowns, he and his team would rather maintain teeth.
The staff also looks out for patients? comfort with cable TV in every operatory. Patients waiting in the reception area sink into the pillowy depths of oversized plush chairs while snacking and sipping bottled water.