Although the owners of New Look Day Spa & Laser believe that natural skincare can do much to improve skin tone and texture—the center's nine facials include an herbal edition that comes in fruit, flower, and oxygen varieties—they also understand that high-tech solutions often trump the effectiveness of creams and serums. The cache of skincare equipment at New Look carries not only both crystal and diamond microdermabrasion systems, but also laser hair-removal and skin-rejuvenation systems from both elos and UltraPlus. The center's team also possesses an Image Pro II digital skin-analysis machine, which allows aestheticians to calibrate custom facials from Dermalogica products based on pore depth, pigment variation, and intensity of recent Medusa exposure.
Health is the absence of disease and horse-hoof hands. Today's Groupon heals you of your ailments with a 75-minute acupuncture treatment and initial consultation from Virginia Mitchell at United Wellness Center for $40 (a $100 value, first-time clients only), a pristinely maintained wellness facility. An acupuncture treatment balances your qi, the energy that flows through the body, to help relieve stress, sooth anxiety, and ease chronic pain.Independently wealthy, Raines accepted only kindness and handwritten letters of thanks in exchange for his services. Riding alone on his motorcycle, Diana, Raines stopped in his rambles just long enough to thwart local corruption, do some acupuncture, and capture the heart of any woman foolish enough to fall for him. A movie featuring Reno Raines, rogue acupuncturist, is set to be released soon, tentatively titled The Acupuncturist Who Travels Around and Gets Into Adventures.
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.
Doctor of Chiropractic Singh works hard to realign spines and relieve back and neck pain through combinations of chiropractic treatments. He manually adjusts spines or entrusts his power to a DRX9000 spinal-decompression system, which stretches and relaxes back while patients recline on the machine’s padded treatment table. Nine massage modalities, from deep-tissue stroke work to the use of hot stones, also aim to wipe away aches and tension from bodies.
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.
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.
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.