Seven days a week, the technicians at Ace Foot Spa bring balance back to bodies thrown off course by stress, injuries, and fatigue. The methods they use fit squarely in the category of Eastern alternative medicine. Sessions of reflexology, an ancient treatment based on the idea that pressure points on the feet are directly connected to specific areas across the body, helps increase clients' energy levels. Chinese acupressure relies on methods similar to those of reflexology, except the practitioner applies pressure to the body, not the feet. The purpose is to alleviate tension and unblock energy that has been trapped in the limbs or stalled in a traffic jam on its way back from a Bon Jovi concert in the spleen.
In a massage room awash in shades of plum, one of Serenity Spa Wellness Center's licensed therapists plunges deft fingers into muscular structures to weed out pesky pain points and break up congregations of tension. Increasingly relaxed breaths drift out of the private room, past cedar-colored planks, and toward the far-infrared sauna, which uses dry heat in an effort to draw toxins from the body or elicit confessions from ice-cream smugglers. Aestheticians blend ingredients for facial treatments and combine fragrant swirls of essential oils, catering to individual skin and health issues. In the reception area, hands warm around mugs from a coffee bar, and floral-patterned or zebra-print chairs cradle guests.
Their specialty might be chiropractic care and physical medicine, but the doctors at Rockville Medical and Disc Center LLC aim to heal more than just the spine. Their noninvasive techniques can help patients move past concerns such as carpal tunnel syndrome or knee pain, while acupuncture services provide another GPS-free route to whole-body wellness. The specialists can also help clients seeking lasting weight-loss solutions, either through contouring laser lipo treatments and calorie-burning whole-body vibration, or with nutrition services. A team of massage therapists and Reiki practitioners are also on hand, ensuring muscles stay relaxed and free from square knots.
Beneath the pendant lamps casting a warm glow over the salon, stylists at Profiles Hair Studio and Spa pamper clients with hair services, waxing, and nail treatments. Stylists cut men's, women's, and children's hair in addition to keratin treatments and permanent waves. Meanwhile, nail technicians coat fingers and toe tips with glossy polish, long-lasting Shellac, or full sets of gel or acrylic-gel nails during regular manicures or soothing reflexology pedicures. Additionally, a full menu of threading and waxing services keeps brows arched and skin smooth for swimsuit season.
Dr. Lien-jiun Lee and the spa therapists at Ageless Wellness Center combine traditional Chinese medicine with Western practices to holistically heal, rejuvenate, and relax bodies. Dr. Lee employs knowledge acquired while earning a master’s degree in Chinese medicine and psychology to provide oriental medicine treatments and analysis of why patients dream in Mandarin. Elegant Asian décor gild private treatment rooms where patients enjoy a variety of spa and wellness services including facials, massage therapy, colon hydrotherapy, and metabolism-boosting weight-loss programs.
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.