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.
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.
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.
Lavender Retreat Wellness Club takes the word "retreat" seriously. The spa itself is a pleasant spot to retreat to, decorated with lacy curtains, cool green walls, and fresh flowers. However, the team also organizes relaxing retreats for their clients—in the literal, board-a-plane sense of the word—in peaceful, beachy locales. The club will go to unconventional lengths to give clients a break from their everyday stresses, though it stops short of entering every overworked client in the witness protection program.
Most of the time, however, the staff gives clients a break the way most spas do—with a variety of relaxing treatments. The massage therapists work in Western modalities, such as Swedish and deep-tissue, as well as Eastern ones, including cupping and acupressure. The acupuncturists, meanwhile, facilitate energy balance within the body with hairlike needles. A team of aestheticians also tends skin with facials infused with vitamin C and pure oxygen.