Touch of Light Therapeutic Massage’s licensed massage therapists practice a broad repertoire of techniques. With training in geriatric massage, orthopedic massage, and craniosacral therapy, the therapists combine techniques to tailor sessions to the needs of each patient, helping them overcome general aches or pain from specific conditions such as TMJ, arthritis, or carpal-tunnel syndrome.
Centered Body Pilates offers a variety of core-controlling courses, which help students gain control over their flexibility, strength, and discipline. With plentiful windows and honey-toned hardwood floors, the studio facilitates deep focus on the Pilates craft. The method was created to develop and integrate core strength into the rest of the body, like a baker giving a gingerbread man a chiseled six-pack. Pilates is practiced either on floor mats or with a specialized Pilates Reformer. Students sit, kneel, stand, or lie on the gliding Reformer platform and use adjustable spring resistance to determine the power and the bounciness of their workout. The versatile Reformer can be used to strengthen the core, thighs, calves, upper arms, and shoulders. Each student gets to work on their own Reformer, eliminating the need for socially awkward tandem Pilates workouts. This exercise maintains a challenging intensity while staying easy on joints, making it suitable for all ages and body types.
In 1997, Touch of Paradise founder Rob Palaski was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare degenerative eye condition that left him visually impaired. It was a blessing in disguise. His diminished sight allowed for greater sensitivity in his hands and the heightened ability to suss out muscular pain. Now in the comfort of his private studio, Rob can ease tension with flowing Swedish strokes and acupressure or wrangle lower-layer aches with his signature deep-tissue techniques.
State-licensed massage therapist (license #004958) A. Malaika Sharp cultivates relaxation and targets each client's unique issues with a focused menu of services. She can shoo everyday stress away through basic relaxation massages, but she’s as focused on function as she is on feeling good. An avid martial artist and cyclist, Sharp consults with all clients to understand the ways they use their bodies for work and recreation. That helps her pick out distinct patterns of motion and coax bad habits or stored tension out of muscles, whether she’s targeting chronic aches through deep-tissue techniques or helping athletes recover from strenuous duck-duck-goose training through sports massage. Or, for those suffering from headaches and migraines, she can incorporate trigger-point therapy. Sharp is also a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and is certified through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
You won't find fluffy robes or soft slippers at A Matter of Touch. That's because founder C.J. Johnson is more concerned with effectively relieving pain and muscle tension than with creating a spa ambience. A licensed massage therapist, Johnson consults with clients to discuss their individual needs before setting to work with deep-tissue kneads or soothing Swedish strokes. In addition to dissipating pain, the customized treatments can improve circulation and relieve anxiety.
A team of friendly gurus runs each club. Fitness buffs of all buffness levels feel welcome in the fun and accommodating atmosphere at Washington Sports Clubs. During your two weeks, you get access to all the professional equipment, group exercise classes, locker rooms, and facility amenities offered (some group exercise classes require a reservation). Different clubs have on-site features such as pools, Pilates and yoga, babysitting services for a tag-along papoose, electricity, and more. Search for the club that suits your checklist here.