Dedicated to destroying stress, Massage Bodyworks & Parties offers a range of muscle-kneading services for tense clients, including standard and hot-stone massages. Prenatal massages ease pregnancy-related pains, and tandem sessions let couples bond and frenemies ensure their companion isn't more relaxed than they are.
Hanging lamps throw flickers of amber light onto the dark walls of Tea Spa's lobby, a tranquil cove that foreshadows the pampering performed beyond the front room. Included on a list of Washingtonian magazine's "Great Day Spas 2013," the spa's licensed massage therapists use varied massage techniques, essential oils, and hot towels during bodywork treatments such as a signature massage. Clients can also use their brief reprieve from the harshly lit outside world to nourish skin with a vitamin-infused facial or to decompress in the infrared sauna and bid adieu to toxins before they have a chance to settle in and wire the body for basic cable.
It’s easier to connect The Spa Room’s seeming hodgepodge of treatments if you look at owner Mary Szegda. Her background and training includes a master of arts degree in applied psychology, a certification for infant massage instructorship, a massage-therapy license, and training in the Feldenkrais method—a therapy designed to pinpoint and correct habits that can cause shoulder pain and muscle tension.
Together, Mary and her skilled staff, administer Swedish and prenatal massage, aromatherapy treatments, craniosacral therapy, and spa services such as a hand treatment that combines pomegranate cream and paraffin. The staff holds four advanced degrees among themselves, and several of them have experience teaching at the university level. Most of them have served as lead or assistant teachers at local massage schools. In addition, The Spa Room offers a variety of classes and workshops including massage education, infant-massage instruction, and restorative yoga.
As a wife and mother of three, Tracie Turnipseed understands how stressful pregnancy and motherhood can be on the body. That's why she opened My Orange Wellness—to care for women and their partners before, during, and after pregnancy. In addition to traditional prenatal massage, her services can help couples in a surprising number of ways, from detoxifying massages that can help support fertility treatments, to sessions that demonstrate how to relax mom's body between contractions or when the freezer's void of ice cream. And Tracie doesn't just work with moms—from inside her suite at Paris Alexander Spa, she also performs traditional therapeutic massage.
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.