Amber light glows against the earth-toned walls of Tea Spa Wellness Center's waiting area, a tranquil cove that foreshadows the pampering services patrons are about to enjoy. Inside private treatment rooms, the spa's licensed massage therapists use essential oils, hot towels, and long, warming strokes during the spa's signature massage, or employ smooth heated rocks to unblock energy pathways and boost circulation during hot-stone massages. Tea Spa also provides a reprieve from the harshly lit outside world with custom facials that use Guinot skin-care products to deep-cleanse and tone skin or fade away signs of aging. Meanwhile, an infrared sauna helps clients sweat out toxins. All these amenities add up to Tea Spa being voted to the Washingtonian magazine's list of "Great Day Spas 2013".
At Nirvana Reflexology Spa, a team of certified reflexologists uses the ancient therapy to relieve ailments and reduce toxins. During reflexology treatments, pressure is applied to specific areas of the feet and hands that are believed to line up with many of the body's internal organs. The treatment, aside from inducing general feelings of relaxation and well-being, has been shown to positively impact everything from migraines and back pain to insomnia and anxiety. For additional soothing, the therapists also administer an herbal tea bath for the feet, since coffee can often leave toes jumpy, and they also work out tension in the neck and scalp, adjusting pressure to each client's comfort level.
Fonghsien Lu Chang's holistic medical training has taken her from Taiwan and China to the Mid-Atlantic, where she performs acupuncture and acupressure treatments on aching and ailing bodies. She supplements many of her needling and kneading therapies with traditional Chinese herbal regimens and specializes in treating concerns such as hormonal imbalances, weight loss, and acute cases of cooties. Electro-therapy treatments help manage certain types of pain, and reflexology sessions home in on specific points on the soles.
Relaxing Alternatives Wellness Center restores bodies to factory conditions with a combination of massage and reflexology services. Deft hands glide over backs in either a Swedish or deep-tissue massage, employing long, light strokes to dispel tension or pinpointed kneads to render backs as knot-free as a velcro convention. Staffers then turn to clients' feet, prodding reflexive points to improve circulation and relieve stress in associated locations throughout the body. After the soothing barrage of both treatments, bodies emerge relaxed enough to meditate on a Wall Street trading floor.
Since 1973, each of Sport&Health's 24 clubs has aimed for full fitness coverage with programs for every taste and family member. Guests can spark positive lifestyle changes with gym workouts and wellness services, or engage in a variety of sports. Each facility houses different athletic amenities for games and laps, from pristine swimming pools to squash and racquetball courts lathered in a fresh coat of peanut butter every morning. The camaraderie of group classes such as Zumba and Les Mills BodyPump barbell routines complement scores of gym equipment meant for exercising solo—or with the guidance of a certified personal trainer. The clubs also emphasize kid-friendly activities with arts and crafts, Kidz Klub childcare, and youth certification courses that teach teens the ins and outs of training. Depending on the location, spa treatments can knead tension from muscles and paint one's favorite kettlebell with a layer of Shellac.
Revitacell's friendly, knowledgeable staff presents customers with an array of noninvasive skin-sprucing services. Partakers of red-light phototherapy will get to immerse their faces in warm crimson glow three times a week for two months, emerging with visages less riddled with fine lines and discoloration. The system reverses the signs of aging by engaging the skin's own natural healing abilities and can also boost elasticity, moisture, and a client's youthful desire to wage magnifying-glass war on backyard ants.