Staffed by a team of professionals that deliver everything from haute new hairstyles to eyelash extensions, Yvonne's Day Spa has received particular attention from sources such as MSNBC's Today Show for its unique Fish-y-cure pedicures, which rely on tropical fish to exfoliate feet. Toothless Garra rufa, or doctor fish, hail from the freshwater world's top medical schools, but have been invited stateside for the gentle way they nibble dead skin from between the toes, as guests relax into a leather massage chair and dangle their feet in the creature's warm, watery habitat. After watching the treatment soar to popularity, and dedicating countless hours to learning to breed and care for his tiny aestheticians, co-owner John Ho franchised the idea and made it the signature of all Yvonne's locations. CBS rated the spa's manicures and pedicures as among the best in the DC area in 2011, as they extend beyond the aquarium to include OPI products and high-tech UV gel?curing methods. Stylists offer guests soda and coffee before offering scalps nourishing sips from bottles of hair care products including Goldwell, Nexxus, Matrix, and Paul Mitchell. Hot stones and glass cups gain healing powers in the hands of Yvonne's massage therapists, and ingredients including sea salt, honey, and cappuccino lotion infuse many treatments to leave skin glowing with health and ready for a snack.
Comfort and accommodations are key at LaVida Massage. For example, therapists begin every treatment with a conversation to determine the client's needs and wishes. They've also boiled down their massages to four comfort levels that allow clients to customize their massage: from level 1, which is a more gentle and relaxing massage, to level four, which entails deeper and more focused pressure. And they offer numerous modalities, such as relaxation, hot stone, and couples massage to enjoy with a partner or friend. To further ensure client comfort, LaVida staffs both male and female therapists, and is open seven days a week. With that schedule, they offer roughly 130 sessions available per day, one for each massage Napoleon demanded per day.
Rather than focus purely on physical work, My BodyMoveZ Studio looks beyond the fitness bubble for other ways to improve their clients? lifestyles by offering first-aid and CPR training sessions. Located in a convenient new location, the studio creates an energetic atmosphere with Zumba and Bokwa classes. In addition, they also host expert-led educational seminars covering topics such as nutrition and dance, which may help participants choreograph a victory boogie for the next time they skip dessert.
A trip to Hot Yoga Spa Nutrition & Wellness Center may not be the equivalent of a Hawaiian vacation, but it's not so far off either. Patrons who close their eyes might imagine themselves in a tropical environment as they sweat their way through hot yoga, hot barre, hot Pilates, Zumba, and other fitness classes held in two heated studios. Or, as they relax in a far-infrared sauna that raises body temperatures to flush out toxins. But the wellness center has more in common with an island retreat than just heat and roaming ukelele players?it aims to be a place where customers can come to totally unwind and refresh both body and mind. To that end, it also welcomes clients to relax at an organic tea and oxygen bar, or head to the attached spa to enjoy a full slate of beauty and wellness services.
Girls aged 3?13 may be a little young to be regularly hitting the spa, but Sassy Princess Spa believes that everyone should be pampered. Age-appropriate music and magazines float around the room as girls wait their turn for such services as mani-pedis and facials. Partiers can add on ? la carte extras to enhance the experience, from touches such as custom decorations and princess cupcakes to activities such as karaoke and a pink carpet fashion show.
When Eugina started out in the beauty industry more than 30 years ago, she exclusively worked as a hairstylist. But her interest in the field grew, and she soon pursued certifications in aesthetics and nail services, eventually even running salons at the American embassies in Peru and Argentina. Today she shares her talents at Paradise Salon & Day Spa, where the menu reflects her skills with a mix of hair, skin, and body treatments. Consultations precede all hair services, which range from cuts and color to weave applications and natural hair styling. Similarly, a skin analysis helps fine-tune facials customized for blemish-prone, aging, or other complexion types. The body treatments, with their sea salts and detoxifying mud, fit right in with the tropical-themed decor: the front desk is framed in bamboo, and teal walls exactly match the hue of an ocean's mood ring.