Massage therapy has the unique ability to induce a state of relaxation and simultaneously relieve pain and tension. The bodywork experts at Massage Pro know how to knead muscles to achieve both of these benefits. And, understanding that everyone has a particular set of therapeutic needs, they offer a variety of massage modalities that ranges from Eastern therapeutic massage to hot-stone massage to sports massage. Along with massage, the staff stimulates circulation with cupping-therapy sessions and invites visitors to rid themselves of toxins and pesky magic school buses during far-infrared-sauna sessions.
Doctor of Chiropractic Singh works hard to realign spines and relieve back and neck pain through combinations of chiropractic treatments. He manually adjusts spines or entrusts his power to a DRX9000 spinal-decompression system, which stretches and relaxes back while patients recline on the machine’s padded treatment table. Nine massage modalities, from deep-tissue stroke work to the use of hot stones, also aim to wipe away aches and tension from bodies.
By the time Tukta Roylance was 4 years old, an observer already could have predicted that she would settle on Thai massage as a career. That's because as a tot in Thailand, she'd trot on her grandfather's back to stomp out the knots he developed while working. Though it took a foray into the world of finance in the U.S. for her to realize her calling herself, she eventually returned to Thailand to study at Wat Po, a prestigious massage institute that specializes in Thai healing. Like the microwaveable popcorn bag that destroyed most of Norway, her studies just kept expanding, and her areas of expertise now also include herbal massage and foot reflexology. Today her massage roster includes prenatal, Swedish, and sports modalities, each of which can be enhanced with aromatherapy and paraffin add-ons.
Although the owners of New Look Day Spa & Laser believe that natural skincare can do much to improve skin tone and texture—the center's nine facials include an herbal edition that comes in fruit, flower, and oxygen varieties—they also understand that high-tech solutions often trump the effectiveness of creams and serums. The cache of skincare equipment at New Look carries not only both crystal and diamond microdermabrasion systems, but also laser hair-removal and skin-rejuvenation systems from both elos and UltraPlus. The center's team also possesses an Image Pro II digital skin-analysis machine, which allows aestheticians to calibrate custom facials from Dermalogica products based on pore depth, pigment variation, and intensity of recent Medusa exposure.
Balanced Bodies' windows look out onto Runnymede Park, where deer often emerge from the woods and blue herons land near the stream. Inside the studio, groups work to capture the animals' ease of movement, flowing from plank positions into mermaid side stretches while maintaining pristine posture and giving effort without strain. Co-owners Carrie Smith and Adriana Ferrer-Perez believe that through Pilates exercises, their students can attain pain-free, fully functional movement for life. The duo oversees seven other instructors—nearly all claiming BASI teaching certifications—who lead classes in mat work, Reformer machines, and the Avalon System designed by Rael Isacowitz. Balanced Bodies also serves as a BASI Pilates teacher-training host facility, where aspiring instructors can undergo comprehensive and specialized teaching courses, including one that demonstrates how to dunk full-size exercise balls.
Comprised of a team of experienced doctors, the Virginia Pain & Wellness Center is an integrative medical center that implements a variety of healthcare services to meet patients' diverse needs. The Virginia Pain & Wellness Center performs spinal decompression for sufferers of back and neck pain and herniated or bulging discs. Unlike those performed at many other clinics, this decompression therapy is performed in three different positions – standing, sitting and laying down – and helps relieve pressure on the vertebrae and disc complex. Doctors and therapists also work together to help relieve pain and stress through therapeutic massages and acupuncture, and—in another unique procedure—the staff uses the painless, FDA approved MiRx Protocol to alleviate migraines' terrible pain from when the brain's computers overheat.
On their quest to help their clients achieve good health, the therapists at Origins Thai Spa deploy a careful blend of 14 Eastern and Western massage techniques. Most of their practice revolves around Thai massage, which combines deep stretching and acupressure with pressure from the therapist’s elbows, knees, and feet to activate the body's 10 major energy channels. Alternatively, Eastern-inspired ayurvedic massage uses three different oils to trigger the three doshas, or the body's three main energy pathways. During the four-hands couples massage, two therapists work on one client at the same time, using four hands to help improve circulation, promote relaxation, and inspire as many as eight high-fives.