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Across the nation, Sona MedSpa's nurses beautify a range of skin types with the gentle touch of Alma and Cynosure lasers. Sun damage, moon damage, unwanted hair, and spider veins dissolve under the beams of these cosmetic lasers, which can also resurface complexions. They've got Botox and dermal fillers at their disposal, too, and they can even whiten teeth.

All this med-spa magic comes at the hands of service providers whom Sona only certifies after special training, an exam, and a 40-hour window of supervision. It's a regimen that, along with top-shelf technology and a high concern for laser safety, shows why Sona's been successful since its beginnings 15 years ago.

827 Diligence Dr
Newport News,
VA
US

Across the nation, Sona MedSpa's nurses beautify a range of skin types with the gentle touch of Alma and Cynosure lasers. Sun damage, moon damage, unwanted hair, and spider veins dissolve under the beams of these cosmetic lasers, which can also resurface complexions. They've got Botox and dermal fillers at their disposal, too, and they can even whiten teeth.

All this med-spa magic comes at the hands of service providers whom Sona only certifies after special training, an exam, and a 40-hour window of supervision. It's a regimen that, along with top-shelf technology and a high concern for laser safety, shows why Sona's been successful since its beginnings 15 years ago.

477 Viking Dr
Virginia Beach,
VA
US

Effleurage: The Foundation of Relaxation

Swedish massage relies largely on a technique known as effleurage. Learn how it zaps stress with Groupon's peek at this basic stroke.

Effleurage is the glue that holds a Swedish massage together. Its smooth, gliding strokes may not deliver much pressure?the word itself is taken from a French verb that means "to touch lightly"?but the technique simultaneously soothes the nerves, boosts circulation, and allows the massage therapist to identify problem zones that need extra attention. Because effleurage doubles as an assessment tool, many therapists begin each massage with it, usually by gliding their open palms lightly across the body to feel for tense spots and potholes while acclimating the client to their touch. This form of effleurage is known as "superficial," and it serves a soothing prelude, epilogue, and transitional movement between deeper, more focused kneading.

A slightly more forceful style of effleurage is known as "deep effleurage." This form still uses gliding strokes, only with more pressure, as the therapist aims to stretch out the muscle tissue and the web of connective tissue that covers it. Therapists will generally direct the first part of their deep-effleurage stroke towards the heart, finishing with a lighter return stroke away from it. Not only does this warm up tissues for deeper muscle work, but it can also speed up the movement of blood and lymph fluid. This boost in circulation can help drain fluid from injured areas, reducing painful pressure while also releasing endorphins that further relax the entire body.

1901 Huguenot Rd., Ste. 201
N. Chesterfield,
VA
US

With nearly two decades of experience, Jodie Martin has consistently shown her ability to tend to clients' skin issues. The electrologist and owner of Body Works by Jodie removes stubborn and unsightly body fuzz with electrolysis, a combination of radio frequency and galvanic currents. She also diminishes acne scars, wrinkles, and sun damage with intense-pulse-light therapy.

2211 Old Indian Rd
North Chesterfield,
VA
US

Dedicated to accentuating the inherent beauty of each guest, Beautiful You Laser Hair Removal & Skin Services artfully removes and reduces the appearance of unwanted hair and blemishes. Techs use FDA-approved laser devices to zap away hairs with minimal discomfort and downtime, and pulse-light facials to wipe away sun damage, broken capillaries, and redness. Free consultations precede every treatment and, like breaking the laws of gravity, entail no legal or financial obligations.

305 S Washington Hwy
Ashland,
VA
US