At Herbal Infusion, Marilyn Hockaday-Bey champions simple, holistic solutions for personal care. True to its name, the health center offers an extensive line of herbal supplements to aid in everything from digestion to flagging energy from continually trying to spell “supplement.” But it’s also a spa-like retreat, working to heal bodies and minds with rejuvenating services. Marilyn aims to evict toxins from clients’ bodies through colon-hydrotherapy sessions, ionic footbaths, and Egyptian body wraps fortified with natural ingredients. Massage therapists soothe stressed muscles with Swedish, hot stone, or pre-natal sessions, while reiki specialists manipulate energies to promote wellness.
From prestigious locales such as the University Club to the tranquil environs of MassageWorks DC, licensed massage therapist Robert Hawkins has relieved stress and injuries with Swedish, deep-tissue, and pregnancy massages. He also uses special techniques to treat jaw pain and headaches, and he performs lypossage treatments so that clients can reshape their figures without undergoing invasive surgeries or using baggage claims as treadmills.
Relaxing Moments consists of a registered massage practitioner and a foot-care specialist. The former relaxes bodies with Swedish massage, relieves aches and pains with deep-tissue massage, and assuages expectant mothers with prenatal massage. The foot-care specialist practices Thai foot reflexology, which balances and de-stresses the body through massage techniques and inverted tap-dancing moves performed on the feet.
Sometimes it takes more than medication to heal. That’s why acupuncturist Linda Wentz founded Holistic Touch Center and its mission to help hasten the healing process by offering services that extend beyond the body to incorporate the needs of the mind and spirit. There, Silvy Franco, the center's holistic esthetician, blends years of skin care experience with training in natural health and energy medicine to produce treatments that restore the body while rebalancing the mind and spirit. She reads each client's skin like a map, plotting out appropriate treatment courses that are delivered as part of one of the center's rituals, which include components ranging from traditional facials and detoxifying peels to Vitamin C infusions and cold stone massages. In addition to performing these rituals, Silvy also helps clients adapt these treatments for use in at-home skin care regimens, keeping epidermises glowing and well-adjusted to changes in seasonal weather.
Those interested in acupuncture may enlist in Kirsten Jacob, a trained herbalist who received her Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Han University of Traditional Medicine in Tucson, Az. In addition to specializing in facial-rejuvenation acupuncture treatments, she also possess a background in pediatric respiratory therapy as well as general family treatment. Her specialities include pediatric and family acupuncture, behavioral/learning issues, and stress reduction and internal medicine. Kirsten incorporates classical Chinese botanical therapy into her work, which includes tui na–or Chinese medical/therapeutic massage–cupping, and moxa. When she is not helping her clients attain inner peace through eastern healing techniques, she tends to her kids while indulging in reading, writing, and traveling.
Roy Johnson was working on his yoga certification when he discovered Thai massage—sometimes called "lazy man's yoga" for the way practitioners stretch and manipulate their clients' limbs. Intrigued, he sought out classes in the style, then went to Thailand to meet other practitioners. Today, Thai massage is just one modality he employs at Lion and Dragon Yoga Bodyworks, which he and his wife, Brenda, strive to make a one-stop shop for bodywork services. In a tranquil, unrushed atmosphere, the pair targets tension through mindful massages, employing various tools such as Hot Stone, Essential Oils and Heated Thai Herbal Bundles. Reflexology treatments target pressure points on the feet to benefit the whole body.
Mon Sanctuaire’s all white décor and relaxing spa treatments restore a sense of serenity to the overworked and stressed. In the treatment rooms, white walls and white curtains surround patrons lying on soft white sheets, waiting for a massage session to release tension resulting from typing at a desk all day and hauling a mattress into the treehouse every night. Guests might also relax here while an aesthetician performs a facial using Institute Esthederm products to restore balance, tighten skin, or fade wrinkles. Body-care sessions such as reflexology or mud wraps with scalp massages further calm the senses.