At SpaTaneity, relaxation begins as soon as guests step over the threshold. The de-stressing smells of aromatherapy greet each guest, and the sounds of trickling water and calming music add depth to the refreshing beverages clients sip as they begin to leave the bustling world behind. The spa’s owner, Trish Diaz, honed her relaxation-inducing skills during 10 years spent as a master aesthetician. In designing her spa, Trish made sure that her qualified staff members possessed the same unparalleled attention to detail that Trish lavished on her tranquil spa space.
Amid earth-toned rooms filled with plants and plush pillows, licensed and master aestheticians use custom facials and microdermabrasion to rid skin of imperfections and signs of aging such as sun spots, fine lines, and the finger scratches that result from babysitting an ill-behaved grandfather clock. Massage therapists deflate stress and tension with Swedish, hawaiian, and hot-stone massages, and mud body wraps feature cameos from honey butters and sea mud to detox the skin and give it a healthy, polished glow.
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.
The certified therapists behind Escape Massage knead away curmudgeonly knots seven days a week inside 10 private and two couples massage rooms. Three-inch high-density foam massage tables cushion bodies while warm waves of heat fend off goose bumps as they disperse through fitted cotton-flannel sheets and quiet heaters. After therapists dim the wall sconces, they manipulate sinews with Swedish massage techniques, and optional deep-tissue, aromatherapeutic, and hot-stone techniques, concluding each session with hot towels upon request. Escape Massage also provides prenatal massage tables, which come with specially designed padding and pillows that allow moms-to-be to lay face-down and solicit parenting advice from Mother Earth. Escape Massage is open 7 days a week.
Dave's Auto Spa spruces up vehicles with a mixture of friction and touch-free techniques. Foaming cleansers and soft mitts team up with steady streams of water, 95% of which is reclaimed from previous rinses, to free rides from all manner of grime. Technicians add extras such as foam polish, spray wax, wheel cleaners, and underbody washes during the four signature wash packages and treat paint to Rain-X and leather to conditioners during detail appointments. Drivers can join Dave's Auto Spa's Red Carpet Club for benefits such as free washes, senior and military discounts, and a guarantee that cars will only be photographed on their good sides.
RVA Massage and Wellness’s staff of certified massage therapists is led by owner Stephanie Quinby, who also serves on the state of Virginia’s Advisory Board on Massage Therapy. Quinby and her staff use a variety of techniques to knead away aches and pains, including therapeutic massage, which can help treat an injury; deep-tissue massage, which can alleviate muscle tightness with intense, localized pressure; and sports massage, which can improve range of motion. The massage therapists believe in the importance of a consultation with every client, as it helps them determine the optimal type of massage.