Scents of Serenity owner Melanie Mueller believes that putting your best face forward means using organic and natural skincare products. That's why her team of aestheticians employs the Éminence Organic Skin Care line, whose concoctions are free of artificial colors, synthetic perfumes, and harsh chemicals, such as parabens and Twinkie filling. Guests can wander to the spa's cozy lobby to purchase many of these elixirs, strolling across hardwood floors to a centerpiece shelf stocked with bottles, creams, and the emerald leaves of aloe plants.
Mueller's team is an educated bunch; all aestheticians are licensed by the Virginia Board of Cosmetology, and all massage therapists are certified through the Virginia Board of Nursing, as well as the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. They dole out a variety of kneading techniques—from aromatherapy to hot stone—in treatment rooms canopied by cream-colored drapes and strings of luminescent orbs that melt into butter every time a patron says "ahhh."
Griffith Family Chiropractic's certified massage therapist designs a customized lineup of moves to melt away aches and tension. A one-hour session rewards your head's hard-working stilts with the massage modality of your choice, including Swedish relaxation, deep tissue, and therapeutic styles. Choose Swedish massage to knead subterranean stress and burrowing dust bunnies to the skin's surface so your therapist can briskly sweep them away. Those with chronic tension or pain can target troublesome areas in the crosshairs of the therapeutic option. Sports-worn sterns benefit from deep tissue attention, which offers a better way to hasten muscle recovery than lying on a bed of steaks or aggressively heckling debilitated quadriceps.
The licensed and certified massage therapists at ShaE Massage works to relax tight muscles and ease tension during each full-body massage session. Whether it’s a deep-tissue massage, which targets deeply held stress with deep, intensive strokes and kneading, or a soothing Swedish massage, which combines oils with lighter strokes to improve circulation, a bodywork session at the calming ShaE Massage studio can help clients feel rejuvenated.
In 2009, Redken Master Stylist and Certified Pureologist technician Elena teamed up with her sister, Rosalia, to open Invidia Hair Design. Since then, their team has grown to include eight total stylists. Among those eight, there are several other Master Stylists, each of whom maintains her skills with continuing education classes. Inside their upscale and modern space, the team cuts hair, adds flair with feather extensions, and drenches locks in new hues with such eye-popping color the salon has an optometrist on call. The team performs all of these services with the aid of products by brands such as Redken, Chi, and Pureology. Many of these styling aides are available for purchase on Invidia's retail shelves and can be taken home after visits.
James River's certified massage therapists specialize in a variety of mind-melting modalities. A Swedish massage employs Switzerland's noteworthy tension-easing techniques to manage stress-induced muscle maladies. Athletes who demand dramatic, tear-jerking performances from their bodies can opt for a deep-tissue massage, which increases circulation and expedites recovery from general physical wear and tear. The orthopedic massage is an injury-specific session that targets trauma in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments, while its neuromuscular cousin focuses on overall healing and wellness. See detailed descriptions of massage services on James River Massage Therapy's website.
The technicians at Advanced Skin Therapy look to both nature and science when smoothing out clients’ skin. Natural, organic serums help restore vibrant appearances with antioxidants such as ellagic acid and tannins. To reach tissues under the skin, technicians turn to the office’s microcurrent systems, which bend low-frequency energies to stimulate collagen production. These roused cells cause the skin to appear fuller, diminishing the appearance of fine lines, computer-keyboard indentations, and wrinkles.