When one of the cofounders of Easy Balance Wellness Center and Spa was diagnosed with cancer in her 30s, her doctor put her on the most aggressive chemo and radiation therapies available. As her immune system fought the cancer, her body absorbed the side effects. A longtime friend recommended acupuncture to counteract the suffering; though she was initially skeptical of the holistic procedure, she agreed to give it a try. After just one appointment, she felt her senses awaken. Further treatments permanently changed the way she looked at health care, making her feel like a brand-new person and convincing her to share her discoveries with as many people as she could.
At Easy Balance Wellness Center and Spa, she does just that, combining venerated Eastern wisdom with professional spa products to deliver healing massages and rejuvenating facials. Within earth-toned treatment rooms draped with russet curtains, massage therapists ease muscle tension and redirect chi—the energy that regulates the body’s functions and suppresses its natural appetite for hangnails—with focused acupressure techniques. Thalgo facials employ marine botanicals, such as regenerative algae, to nourish and hydrate complexions.
Even when they're not at the salon, Cahra owners Jhonny Davila and Teresa Reed are changing the hair game. The stylists have led seminars at various hair events, including demos of Inoar keratin blowouts. By staying so connected to the industry, they can continue to upgrade their treatments back at Cahra, where they and their team perform customized services such as precision cuts, coloring, extensions, and updos, and provide custom treatments using K?rastase and Bumble and bumble products.
Hair is just one area of the Cahra staff's expertise, however. In the spa, aestheticians cleanse skin with more than a dozen types of treatments, featuring skincare products by G.M. Collin and Caudalie, including glycolic peels and four-layer facials. Massage therapists can dissolve tension with Swedish, deep-tissue, or prenatal massage, while nail technicians soothe hands and feet with traditional and spa mani-pedis. Recently, they introduced In the Mood polishes that change hue throughout the day, or whenever the wearer puts their fingers in a glass of milk.
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.
Hanging lamps throw flickers of amber light onto the dark walls of Tea Spa's lobby, a tranquil cove that foreshadows the pampering performed beyond the front room. Included on a list of Washingtonian magazine's "Great Day Spas 2013," the spa's licensed massage therapists use varied massage techniques, essential oils, and hot towels during bodywork treatments such as a signature massage. Clients can also use their brief reprieve from the harshly lit outside world to nourish skin with a vitamin-infused facial or to decompress in the infrared sauna and bid adieu to toxins before they have a chance to settle in and wire the body for basic cable.
The therapists at First Relax Express utilize both Eastern and Western styles of hands-on bodywork to help clients find relief from aches, pain, and stress. Classic Swedish and deep-tissue massages work to release muscle tension, whereas sports massages help athletes and contortionists improve their flexibility. During foot reflexology treatments, therapists apply pressure to specific reflex points that stimulate different parts of the body; these treatments help in alleviating anything from digestive issues to pounding headaches. The therapists widen their focus and apply pressure with fingers, palms, fists, and elbows to the entire body during acupressure treatments, which are the needle-less cousins of acupuncture treatments.
Inside Studio 355's contemporary salon, a team of beauty experts helps clients to showcase their best selves with a lengthy list of hair, skin, and nail services. The salon boasts a large team of stylists and master stylists, many of them educated abroad under highly regarded hair programs and well-known stylists to the stars. With Aveda products in its arsenal, the hair team uses its varied talents to give clients any look they desire, be it extensions, bridal updos, creative coloring, or straight, relaxed hair. An accomplished skin therapist helps fight the signs of aging or skin conditions such as acne with services for both men and women, and waxing treatments leave body hair wondering what it did to not deserve its own updo.