NatUreal health & wellness owner and certified doctor of naturopathy Michelle Butler inspires clients to take better care for their bodies and minds through her nutritional wisdom and holistic healing practices. Tranquil meditation sessions and therapeutic massage on quilt-lined tables help bring balance to the body without need for unnecessary medicine, invasive procedures, or exhausting Lady Justice poses. Meanwhile, Michelle calls on her certification in nutritional counseling to empower clients with supremacy over their health through nourishing diets and emotional healing that help the body to naturally mend itself.
From prestigious locales such as the University Club to the tranquil environs of MassageWorks DC, LLC, licensed massage therapist Robert Hawkins has relieved stress and injuries with Swedish, deep-tissue, and pregnancy massages. He also uses special techniques to treat jaw pain and headaches, and he performs lypossage treatments so that clients can reshape their figures without undergoing invasive surgeries or using baggage claims as treadmills.
Hair is the priority at Blown Salon. In fact, it's all they do. By not stacking his service menu with indulgent extras such as mani-pedis or facials, owner and head stylist Mason Shupe guarantees that the attention of his staff won't be needlessly diverted away from strands waiting to be shaded and sculpted into master works of hair art. Previously an education artist for Sebastian International, Shupe has made it his mission to mentor up-and-coming stylists and has arranged his team––who together comprise more than 100 years of experience––into a tier system that sees junior stylists learning from master hair artists, and master hair artists learning to hone their skills while standing atop a human pyramid. Beyond cuts, Shupe's salon offers the latest keratin-based straightening treatments and helps heads to adopt a new hue with low-ammonia hair color by Italian-based Screen.
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.
Situated at the corner of a historic building in Old Town Alexandria, Penelope's Vanity looks as though it’s always been there. During the salon’s 18-year history, visitors have come to consider the salon a stress-free hub where they can leave their anxieties at the door and indulge in hours of time dedicated to themselves. The stylists’ ever-present hospitality is nowhere better exemplified than through the number of clients who stop in to chat or treat their hair to visiting hours with stylists on days they don’t have an appointment. After 5 p.m., the staff opens bottles of wine and champagne for clients to sip as they complete hair and skin treatments.
But the salon isn't only smiles and champagne. Under its neighborly exterior pulses a client-care philosophy rooted in providing superior haircare and skincare. The lead stylist helms the team with training from London's Vidal Sassoon school and excels at matching colors and cuts with guests’ lifestyles. With 18 years of experience in correcting complexions, the salon’s aesthetician is able to help clients overcome skin woes or indulge in an afternoon of pampering. During each shampoo, retexturing, and color service, the team treats hair with Aveda's organic, plant-based, eco-friendly products.
Mon Sanctuaire’s all white décor and relaxing spa treatments restore a sense of serenity to the overworked and stressed.
In the treatment rooms, white walls and white curtains surround patrons lying on soft white sheets, waiting for a massage session to release tension resulting from typing at a desk all day and hauling a mattress into the treehouse every night. Guests might also relax here while an aesthetician performs a facial using Institute Esthederm products to restore balance, tighten skin, or fade wrinkles. Body-care sessions such as reflexology or mud wraps with scalp massages further calm the senses.