Dr. Venetta Kalu puts her expertise in naturopathic medicine to use with an arsenal of detoxifying, holistic health remedies. Whether its an energizing massage or package of body-cleansing services, each treatment begins with a one-on-one consultation to determine medical history and treatment goals. In addition to holistic spa services, Dr. Kalu provides nutritional advice, healthy recipes, and multivitamins shaped like Lady Justice to balance bodies from the inside out. During treatments, clients can sip complimentary herbal tea as soothing music lulls their senses to peace.
Signature Service: Lashes, Dry Mineral Body Wraps, Facials
Brands Used: Rhonda Allison, Glo Therapeutics, Ilike
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 14
Pro Tip: Provide beauty from inside out
After earning the 2008 S. Roger Horchow Jefferson Award for public service, Edward Jagen opened Michaela's Grotto to provide holistic interventions that help visitors take responsibility for their health and emotional well-being. Jagen's resume reads like the definition of "Renaissance man": holder of a PhD in theology, a master magician, and a former Major Crimes Special Investigator for the Washington D.C. Police. While combating organized crime against mailboxes on the force, Jagen honed his abilities to read people, a skill he combines with a mode of communication called neuro-linguistic reasoning to help his patients recognize patterns in their thoughts and actions. The center is co-owned by massage therapist and medical intuitive Sophia West, who prefers to work in conjunction with her clients' physicians to pick up where Western medicine has proved ineffective. A nutritionist and a hypnotherapist round out the staff and reinforce the center's emphasis on the interconnectedness of mental and physical health.
The heart of the center is an outdoor labyrinth built to channel a positive energy through passageways that burst forth with flowering plants and choruses of Muppets in the summer. Meditation gardens stretch out beyond the labyrinth in a loose network of tranquil pools, sunlit walks, and a gazebo overlooking the center's medieval-castle-style architecture. Inside, a 375-foot sweat lodge and a warm mineral pool soothe visitors with heat, and a shop filled with aromatherapy products and crystals enables them to take home healing tokens of their journey.
For six years, Body Bliss's therapists traveled around Maryland, Virginia, and the District, bringing relaxation to its clients as a mobile massage-therapy company. Now with a permanent location, the massage center quells tension with the gliding strokes of Swedish massage and firmer deep-tissue modalities to treat the specific needs of athletes or statues that can't move until their museum closes. Nationally certified massage therapist Reginald A. Taylor guides the team of experienced massage therapists, who tailor treatments to root out the sources of each client's pain.
This bright and airy neighborhood salon offers a nice change of pace from some of the snootier salons located down Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown. Guven Salon and Spa in Glover Park is filled with personable stylists who work on both men’s and women’s tresses from the comfort of one large, open room, while guests themselves relax in seriously stylish white salon chairs. Other services that go beyond the hair on your head include Keratin treatments, a skin care consultant and a waxing bed for old-school-style waxing; they’ll wax just about everything, from the eyebrows on down. For those who are daunted by the extent of waxing services, the salon does have eyebrow threading, so if you need to lose the hair up there, that’s another option.
The trained staff at The Skinny Spa helps people lose weight through a combination of advanced technology, tried and tested know-how. By pairing detox sessions with balanced nutrition recommendations, they aim to melt away pounds while simultaneously improving cardiovascular health. The infrared saunas and body wraps used in their treatments don't simply get sweat glands pumping; their soothing heat is known to ease aches, arthritis, or sore muscles caused by long hours at the office and stress.