Your feet are soaking in a warm footbath while flower petals float on the surface of the water, giving off tropical fragrances. Or maybe you’re lying side by side with a loved one as you both relax to an aromatherapy foot scrub and full-body couples massage. Or perhaps you're getting your shoulders massaged as you rethink your decision to play Sisyphus in the town play.
These are just a few examples of the stress-relieving treatments you can experience at Su Massage Therapy & Chi Wellness Retreat, where therapists use both ancient and modern techniques with a singular goal: well being. They manage pain with Chinese herbal treatments and hot footbaths, as well as Swedish, deep-tissue, and pregnancy massages that induce feelings of deep relaxation and target sources of discomfort and tension.
Bella Luna Day Spa attends to multiple layers of relaxation with an extensive menu offering options ranging from facials, massages, and nailcare services to all-inclusive spa packages. Bella Luna also partners with Dr. Franklin Richards to offer onsite injections of Botox and Juvéderm into skin and knock-knock jokes into conversations. The staff includes two licensed aestheticians with more than 25 years of combined experience as well as a licensed massage therapist who specializes in deep-tissue and neuromuscular techniques.
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.
For six years, Body Bliss's therapists traveled around Maryland, Virginia, and the District, bringing relaxation to its clients as a mobile massage-therapy company. Now with a permanent location, the massage center quells tension with the gliding strokes of Swedish massage and firmer deep-tissue modalities to treat the specific needs of athletes or statues that can't move until their museum closes. Nationally certified massage therapist Reginald A. Taylor guides the team of experienced massage therapists, who tailor treatments to root out the sources of each client's pain.