LaVida Massage believes massages should be available to everyone. They back up this belief not only by offering a wide range of techniques—athletes, mothers-to-be, and office workers alike can find a modality to suit them—but also by making the massage process easy. Each of their massage sessions last 60 minutes: the middle 50 minutes are reserved for the massage itself, and the last five minutes allow time for redressing. The five minutes that precede every service go toward a consultation where clients can discuss individual concerns, such as neck tension from leaning over a computer keyboard or foot soreness from driving their car like the Flintstones.
The therapists at Masso the Art of Healing in Clarksburg don't just customize their services to each client's needs—they also assist them with plans for continuing their therapy at home. All of this is in service to their goal of helping clients reach a lasting state of relaxation without having to spend a week locked in the cotton-ball closet. Though they specialize in easing muscular tension with Swedish massage, Masso's therapists also perform more than a dozen other body services—ranging from Russian massage to craniosacral therapy to body scrubs. Additionally, they get kinks out of connective tissue with myofascial release, and cater to the relaxation needs of expectant mothers with prenatal massage.
In a massage room awash in shades of plum, one of Serenity Spa Wellness Center's licensed therapists plunges deft fingers into muscular structures to weed out pesky pain points and break up congregations of tension. Increasingly relaxed breaths drift out of the private room, past cedar-colored planks, and toward the far-infrared sauna, which uses dry heat in an effort to draw toxins from the body or elicit confessions from ice-cream smugglers. Aestheticians blend ingredients for facial treatments and combine fragrant swirls of essential oils, catering to individual skin and health issues. In the reception area, hands warm around mugs from a coffee bar, and floral-patterned or zebra-print chairs cradle guests.
Hanging lamps throw flickers of amber light onto the dark walls of Tea Spa's lobby, a tranquil cove that foreshadows the pampering performed beyond the front room. Included on a list of Washingtonian magazine's "Great Day Spas 2013," the spa's licensed massage therapists use varied massage techniques, essential oils, and hot towels during bodywork treatments such as a signature massage. Clients can also use their brief reprieve from the harshly lit outside world to nourish skin with a vitamin-infused facial or to decompress in the infrared sauna and bid adieu to toxins before they have a chance to settle in and wire the body for basic cable.
Inova Physical Therapy Centers is part of a non-profit comprehensive health-care network. The network provides physical therapy across more than a dozen locations, which provide varied forms of physical therapy, from aquatic therapy and dry needling to massage therapy. Each center is staffed with licensed massage therapists with medical and orthopedic experience that can help address specific targets with therapeutic massage, such as the neck, knees, hips, as well as assist with therapy goals. The medical massage program can be tailored to the individual needs of their clients and has treatments appropriate to for pain relief and injury recovery. In addition to varied methods, Inova Physical Therapy Centers also offers numerous specialities, including aquatic and massage therapy, orthopedic and sports medicine rehabilitation, balance rehabilitation, hand rehabilitation, and women's rehabilitation and therapeutic treatments.
Loudoun Laser & Medical Spa strikes a balance between clinical care and spa-like personal attention. Chalk that up to founder Sultana Darya, whose family owned a popular med spa in Germany, and Dr. Susan Black, Loudoun Laser's medical director and practicing physician. Darya and Dr. Black work alongside aestheticians, nurses, and massage therapists, who administer results-oriented treatments that are often relaxing, too.
Aestheticians massage vitamin C into faces or paint them with a chemical peel solution to soften fine lines. Dr. Black and Loudoun's certified technicians treat deeper wrinkles with Botox and combat acne, body hair, and spider veins with lasers. Massage therapists ease muscles that are tense from flexing every time the client passes a traffic camera.