The attentive staff at Revo Nails & Spa festoons fingers and toes with a glossy array of nature nails, acrylic nails, and CND Shellac polishes. But that's just the final step in relaxing nail regimens that include foaming sea-soak whirlpool baths, reflexology massages, and meticulous grooming and buffing services. Lest extremities have all the fun, the staff also brings complexions to a radiant glow with nourishing facials and subdues tension in the muscles with Swedish and deep-tissue massages, also designing packages for brides or those playing the role of king, queen, or spoiled mayor for a day.
Not long ago, Emma Saal led the life of a rather typical urban twentysomething. The recent University of Maryland grad was living in Dupont Circle, spending her days as the assistant to a real-estate developer and her nights as a cocktail waitress. Though she knew she wanted to, she wasn't exactly sure how to snap out of her status-quo lifestyle—until a friend brought her to a bikram yoga class. She felt an instant attraction to the practice, and didn't hesitate to enroll in a 200-hour teaching program. She taught all over DC and then in Miami, eventually returning home to open her own studio, Epic Yoga.
Though it was Emma's dream, Epic Yoga certainly isn't a one-woman show. She has brought together a large, diverse team of instructors who are inspired by a seemingly endless parade of activities: there are rugby players and IronMan triathletes, surfers and scuba divers, fire dancers and ballerinas. They bring their unique perspectives to a broad range of classes that generally accommodate students of all levels. Traditional sessions of vinyasa and bikram share studio space with fusion practices such as barre yoga, a combination of ballet, cardio, and Pilates; and red sun yoga, which incorporates martial arts techniques, including learning how to karate-chop a yoga mat in two.
Serenity Health & Wellness may be a new business, but the services it offers have been around for thousands of years. The clinic's therapists specialize in the ancient practices of acupressure and foot reflexology, holistic treatments intended to heal patrons inside and out. Acupressure massages work to relieve stress and tension, while reflexology therapy targets specific zones on the feet to promote wellness throughout the body. The staff also perform face and head treatments designed to lift the skin, providing a noninvasive alternative to traditional facelifts or continually walking into a strong wind.
Relaxation comes easy at Magnolia Massage & Body, where licensed massage therapists quell aches with a mix-and-match menu of four modalities—Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, and pregnancy. They also soften outer layers with sea-salt scrubs, wherein they brush off dead skin cells with citrus-grass, honey-clove, or honey-lavender salts before applying a shea-butter moisturizer. Treatments take place atop a heated massage table in a cheerful yellow room.
Aaron Mottley and the rest of the staff at Dynamic Health & Wellness aim to create an environment that encourages relaxation and wellness. They offer a variety of services, such as holistic health consultations, natural supplements, reflexology, and aqua chi foot detox to help guests implement healthy changes in their lives.
It’s easier to connect The Spa Room’s seeming hodgepodge of treatments if you look at owner Mary Szegda. Her background and training includes a master of arts degree in applied psychology, a certification for infant massage instructorship, a massage-therapy license, and training in the Feldenkrais method—a therapy designed to pinpoint and correct habits that can cause shoulder pain and muscle tension.
Together, Mary and her skilled staff, administer Swedish and prenatal massage, aromatherapy treatments, craniosacral therapy, and spa services such as a hand treatment that combines pomegranate cream and paraffin. The staff holds four advanced degrees among themselves, and several of them have experience teaching at the university level. Most of them have served as lead or assistant teachers at local massage schools. In addition, The Spa Room offers a variety of classes and workshops including massage education, infant-massage instruction, and restorative yoga.