Throughout her time accumulating medical experience, Nichole Ruffin had dabbled in such a wide range of disciplines?phlebotomy, cardiovascular health, and emergency medicine, to name a few?that she never anticipated a foray into massage therapy. But when a friend studying the technique massaged Nichole's arm as part of a homework assignment, she instantly felt a wave of relief run through her. After years of immersion in a notoriously laborious field, Nichole found her calling in just a few minutes.
Today, Nichole is a certified and licensed massage therapist, merging her considerable medical background with holistic-healing methods to devise powerful custom treatments. Her diverse arsenal includes deep-tissue massage, hot-stone therapy, and the raindrop technique, a noninvasive method of relaxing physiques and psyches with essential oils and bodywork. She taps further into her medical wisdom during craniosacral-therapy sessions, which delve deep into the nervous system to disentangle chronic tension between star-crossed synapses from feuding axons.
Barking orders for more than 20 years, The Sergeant's Program's head sergeant Chuck Dyson and his dedicated troop of more than 50 sergeants and personal trainers transform figures with military-style fitness sessions. The program provides a knowledgeable instructor to lead recruits through cardio, core, flexibility, stabilization, and resistance training while creating camaraderie amongst fellow fitness platooners. Though each day is fueled with running drills and calisthenics, Mondays and Fridays will be focused on increasing lower body and flank strength and Tuesdays and Thursdays will be geared toward upper body workouts. Cardio-intensive Wednesdays are solely dedicated to getting the heart pumping, sweat streaming, and reshaping rumps flattened by years in stagecoach-driver seats. Although the sergeants utilize a tough-love approach to push clients to their fullest fitness factor, the atmosphere is kept personable by their injections of light-hearted humor and giggling quartets of chipmunks.
Center for Vein Restoration has recruited a staff of highly accredited surgeons and licensed medical staffers across 20 locations in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia, all focused on offering minimally invasive, same-day outpatient clinical solutions that target varicose veins and spider veins. Board-certified doctors on staff are trained to treat patients who suffer from leg pain and other symptoms of varicose veins. While spider veins?which are typically a cosmetic blight?may be treated with sclerotherapy, varicose veins often require a more involved treatment, such as laser ablation?an outpatient surgical procedure. Aiming to make treatments as minimally invasive as possible, the doctors on staff can also prescribe lifestyle changes for less serious cases, which may include following exercise and nutrition plans or wearing compression stockings.
The talented therapists and aestheticians at Forever Young MedSpa peacefully negotiate between clients and their troubled exteriors. Aggravated muscles can submit to the classic Swedish massage to alleviate aches and tame tension. During 60 minutes of body kneading, mitten-fillers frolic about backs while targeting specific sore spots with smooth, gliding strokes and massage lotions. With a 60-minute stress-relieving facial, clients can transport faces to a place as still and calm as a British Royal guard after a glass of warm milk. A thorough cleansing rids skin surfaces of dirt and toxins before a custom mask smooths over complexions and territory disputes between pores and their surrounding skin. A facial, hand, and shoulder massage, along with finishing skin products, provide a kindly coda to the relaxing treatment.
Working in the medium of ink and skin, the artists at Black Lotus Tattoo Gallery create custom works of art in a squeaky clean shop. Led by owner Halo, whose portrait-style and freehand work can be viewed here, this crew sends clients home with indelible, one-of-a-kind designs and expertly inserted body jewelry. For those sporting outdated or botched ink, the studio offers Tatt2Away tattoo-removal procedures, which diminish old tats without the use of lasers or giant pink erasers.
The friendly staff of Hulya's Aesthetic & Wellness, which includes a medical director, internationally trained aesthetician, and registered nurse, works to rejuvenate exteriors with a range of holistic treatments. Chemical peels, exfoliating microdermabrasion session, and Isolaz acne treatments form a line of defense against face and body acne as impermeable as a jar of pickles sealed by the Hulk. IPL hair removal treatments also help banish unwanted hair and sun damage. Hulya's menu of services is also etched with ear candling, far-infrared-sauna sessions, dermal fillers, tattoo removal, and therapeutic massages.