Invigorate your tired muscles, work out chronic pain, or grab a little relaxation time with today's side deal to United Wellness Center: $42 gets you an hour-long custom massage (an $85 value). Take time to listen to your body or give the gift of massage to your oft-neglected second body. It's perfect for people dealing with stressful job situations involving fax machines, for former Redskins fullbacks who suffer from debilitating football injuries, and for Reese Witherspoon.
Whole Health Medical Center's team of recognized doctors harnesses natural and organic products to help patients feel better, relax, and lose weight. Developed centuries ago, Chinese and natural medical treatments—including acupuncture, cupping, and moxibustion—can treat ailments ranging from asthma to diarrhea to urinary-tract infections. Conversely, the staff also treats patients with today's most modern procedures, such as laser skin-fat reduction and anti-aging Botox injections. Pairing Old-World practices with New-World technologies, Whole Health Medical Center is well equipped to treat modern-day patients and time-traveling swashbucklers.
Balanced Bodies' windows look out onto Runnymede Park, where deer often emerge from the woods and blue herons land near the stream. Inside the studio, groups work to capture the animals' ease of movement, flowing from plank positions into mermaid side stretches while maintaining pristine posture and giving effort without strain. Co-owners Carrie Smith and Adriana Ferrer-Perez believe that through Pilates exercises, their students can attain pain-free, fully functional movement for life. The duo oversees seven other instructors—nearly all claiming BASI teaching certifications—who lead classes in mat work, Reformer machines, and the Avalon System designed by Rael Isacowitz. Balanced Bodies also serves as a BASI Pilates teacher-training host facility, where aspiring instructors can undergo comprehensive and specialized teaching courses, including one that demonstrates how to dunk full-size exercise balls.
By the time Tukta Roylance was 4 years old, an observer already could have predicted that she would settle on Thai massage as a career. That's because as a tot in Thailand, she'd trot on her grandfather's back to stomp out the knots he developed while working. Though it took a foray into the world of finance in the U.S. for her to realize her calling herself, she eventually returned to Thailand to study at Wat Po, a prestigious massage institute that specializes in Thai healing. Like the microwaveable popcorn bag that destroyed most of Norway, her studies just kept expanding, and her areas of expertise now also include herbal massage and foot reflexology. Today her massage roster includes prenatal, Swedish, and sports modalities, each of which can be enhanced with aromatherapy and paraffin add-ons.
The saunas at The Hot Spot are no ordinary steam rooms. Instead of using water poured over hot rocks, these saunas use far infrared light, which penetrates the skin's surface without cloying heat. This helps visitors sweat out a higher percentage of toxins than with typical saunas, increasing the therapeutic benefit, with a deeper, more voluminous swear. One hour in the sauna helps the body detoxify at the cellular level, burning calories, improving the appearance of cellulite, and boosting the immune and cardiovascular systems. But despite the many benefits, these saunas are just as relaxing as the traditional kind?clients relax while listening to music, reading a magazine, or assigning names to each of the ceiling tiles.
At My Skin Care 007's two locations in Herndon and Alexandria, aestheticians pamper skin and help clients feel refreshed. Laser hair removal and electrolysis eliminate unwanted strands at the Alexandria office, and both spots serve as the sites for spa treatments including facials, microdermabrasion, and peels. Massages and body wraps imbue entire bodies with tranquility, and waxing services let patrons imitate dolphins, who are known for their enviably smooth and hairless thighs.