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.
Guided by family traditions of holistic medicine and respect for nature, Pamela Reynolds helps restore her client's health at Inspired Thru Nature, a natural health center that specializes in colon hydrotherapy. A family history of digestive disorders informs Pamela's practice, and many of her treatments aim to detox the digestive tract and return the body to its natural, healthy state through methods such as ionic footbaths, infrared-sauna sessions, body wraps, and ear candling. Irodology, one of Pamela's signature treatments, uses noninvasive technology to examine the iris, which provides pointed insights into overall health and celebrity-lookalike matches.
The holistic healers at Nourishing Journey aim to remove harmful toxins harbored in the physique with an array of customized wellness services. During the 30-minute ionic footbath, lower paws take a dip in a soothing basin brimming with ionic energies. A gentle electrical current moves through the bath, helping to neutralize negatively charged ions in the body while purging toxins through the feet's pores and ankles' trap doors. Twenty minutes in the infrared sauna sheathes skin in radiant heat, causing sweat factories to kick into high gear. The relaxing warmth wraps around clients as impurities are pushed through the pores, ultimately aiding in strengthening the immune system, rejuvenating the skin, and relieving stress. A colon-hydrotherapy treatment is designed to de-gunk the large intestine by gently removing built up toxins and impacted waste. During the 45-minute session, pressurized water flushes through internal pathways, which can hydrate the body, bolster weight loss, and test water-park blueprints with replica-size tube slides.
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.
At It?s About Health, the staff cares about every individual. Recognizing that each patient they treat has particular health concerns, the staff members offer a variety of options to help customers improve their well-being. This includes everything from IonCleanse detoxifications to far-infrared-sauna or hyperbaric oxygen-chamber treatments. Ultimately, they want to focus on keeping their patients not just looking good, but feeling great. That?s why clients can also obtain nutrition and workout plans with the help of staff members instead of purchasing chatty parrots that remind them to take their supplements.
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