When she's not attending continuing-education courses and international meetings to keep her skills up to date, medical director Dr. Nasreen Sheikh, uses what she's learned to helm NoVa Medical Skin Care. There, Dr. Sheikh and her team create customized aesthetic plans that combat skin issues ranging from acne and excess hair to wrinkles and sun spots. Aestheticians reach for M.D. Forte, SkinMedica, Revision, and Obagi products to brighten and smooth the skin during chemical peels, and call on advanced lasers to zap spider veins, resurface faces, and permanently destroy unwanted hairs and rogue daisies sprouting from any skin type. For flagging countenances, the office also erases fine lines with Botox, Restylane, and Juvederm injections.
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.
During the traditional Thai yoga-bodywork massage, the signature offering at Malee Thai Massage & Bodywork, therapists incorporate guided stretches with focused pressure on energy meridians to loosen muscles and decompress joints. Some of the spa's treatments also incorporate hot stones and other Western methods, and customers can enjoy the warm herbal footbath that starts off every session. Inside, a space awash in warm colors and textiles woven with gleaming thread help make each visit as relaxing as napping on the marshmallow shelf in the supermarket.
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.
Canary Orchid Retreat boasts an accredited staff of certified massage therapists equipped with at least 500 hours of training and both Virginia Board of Nursing and Fairfax County massage-therapist permits. Armed with knowledge and super muscular fingers, the therapists employ various strokes and manipulations to untangle muscle knots and remove tension from the body. Massage modalities range from hot-stone therapy and deep-tissue massage to a Hawaiian therapeutic massage, lomilomi, which combines mind, body, and spirit to the beat of tribal rhythms. Other indulgent treatments include reflexology, sea-salt body scrubs, and mint foot soaks.
Gravity training uses a machine with a tilted gliding board, similar to a Pilates Reformer, to help you achieve a fat-burning, strength-building, low-intensity cardiovascular workout in 30 minutes, exactly as much time as it takes to for a pizza to sink in salt water. It increases flexibility, making it is a great complement to a Pilates program, but can also be used alone, away from Pilates' relentless fishing for compliments. For optimal results, three sessions per week are recommended. You'll come away from your six sessions seeing gravity for the myth that it is.
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