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.
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.
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.
Stress Free Therapeutic Massage's licensed massage therapists live up to the business's name with soothing treatments customized to each individual's needs. Following an initial consultation, clients head to one of the studio's serene treatment rooms where cushy pillows cover massage tables amid soft lighting and tranquil artwork. Here, the massage therapist combines a range of techniques?Swedish, deep tissue, sports, and aromatherapy?to quell specific ailments, including work-related stress or injuries from Civil War reenactments that got too real. Throughout treatment, the practitioners may call upon products such as Prossage massage oils or Biofreeze pain reliever.
A complimentary drink on the open patio is a nice prelude to the pampering clients can expect inside River Falls Salon & Spa. In the loft-like space, staffers stand at the ready to perform a slew of indulgent services, such as sugar scrubs within a semi-private pedicure area or milk and honey manicures. Natural sunlight illuminates a collection of colorful OPI polishes, behind which nail technicians get to work gussying up hands and feet with everything from spa mani-pedis to silk wraps. They can even sheath nails in a protective coat of Shellac, which helps keep fingernails intact when washing the dishes or petting steel-wooled sheep. The service menu also extends beyond the digits, offering fashion-forward salon services for the hair and waxing sessions for the body.
At Joy Nail & Spa, the road to beauty is paved with many all-natural ingredients, including herbal scrubs, essential oils, and botanical extras such as cucumber and lemongrass. There's the botanical herbal mani-pedis, with soothing spearmint, lavender, and chamomile just part of a large relaxation regimen that also includes hot-stone massages and nail grooming. And there's the green-tea body wrap, which softens skin, and the multivitamin anti-aging facial, which softens fine lines.
Joy Nail & Spa also offers hair removal using a housemade sugar-based concoction. Unlike getting a traditional wax or licking a lollipop and sticking it to your body, the all-natural sugaring method removes hair with minimal irritation to the skin.