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.
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.
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.
Relieving symptoms isn’t enough for the therapists at Nabacu Eastern Medicine. Instead, they strive to promote the sort of holistic wellbeing and balance that helps people live full and healthy lives. Founders and mother-daughter team Dr. Aifei Wang and Julia Zhou rely on ancient healing treatments as well as elements of modern medicine. By combining a variety of treatments including acupuncture, massage, cupping, herbal remedies, and nutritional guidance, they can help correct the energetic and hormonal imbalances that contribute to chronic pain, discomfort, or anxiety. These corrections bypass the symptoms entirely to address the underlying concerns instead, which gives the body a chance to exercise its natural ability to stave off illness and injury.
Since 1973, each of Sport&Health's clubs has aimed for full fitness coverage with programs for every taste and family member. Guests can spark positive lifestyle changes with 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. The camaraderie of group classes such as Zumba and Les Mills BodyPump barbell routines complement scores of club 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.
The experienced massage therapists at Rockville Medical and Disc Center LLC help ease tension from overworked bodies with one-hour massage services. The gentle pressure and gliding strokes of the Swedish massage increase relaxation, helping tight muscles unwind more easily than a butter-slathered clock. Muscles in need of a bigger jolt can opt for the deep-tissue massage, which delivers more intense kneads and firmer pressure to unfurl knots and dig out nesting aches and pains. Administered by a "laying on hands," reiki sessions aim to increase one's life force energy to reduce stress, promote healing, and intimidate inanimate objects.
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