As a division of the American Critical Care Services nursing agency, Wellness For Life aims to prevent health issues before they begin. Led by board-certified massage therapist Candice Merrick, the holistic-minded team of certified massage therapists performs several modalities—including hot-stone therapy and side-by-side couples massages—to stop conditions such as tension headaches, muscular pain, and stress. Staffers enhance massage sessions with automated devices that promote overall health, including an ionic footbath, thermal jade massage bed, and an infrared hand treatment designed to alleviate arthritis in the knuckles and greatly improve hand-jive ability.
The tranquil, nature-inspired ambiance further encourages stress-relief. Colorful prints of seashells complement pictures of gazebos in green gardens and the blurred colors of impressionistic paintings. Each massage also includes complimentary aromatherapy and a warm neck wrap to soothe the senses. After their session, guests can sip hot tea in the lounge or schedule a holistic stress-reduction consultation with Carolyn McCrocklin, PhD, a registered nurse, to maintain their peace-filled mentality.
Although Bon Air Med Spa's master aestheticians indulge their clients with everything from mani-pedis to thorough waxing treatments?all complete with a complimentary cup of tea?they also perform a number of medical grade procedures. The center's facial treatments can go one step beyond traditional day spa care by incorporating VI peels and skin rejuvenation. Meanwhile, light technologies can rid bodies of unwanted stubble or unsightly blemishes, and laser technologies can rid of unwanted body hair.
Named 2011's Best Makeover Maven by Richmond magazine, Design One Salon & Spa's team of talented stylists, certified massage therapists, and estheticians converges under one roof to rejuvenate and beautify clients with a comprehensive array of services. An aggressive in-house training regimen places associate stylists at the elbow of a master, who enlightens them on the precise art of updating clients’ looks with cuts, extensions, and colors. They emphasize communication and customize all services to fit each individual's needs. The staff also demonstrate their devotion to exacting optimal services by welcoming feedback and suggestions in the form of email or notes.
As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and hair-removal services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
A naturopathic doctor (ND), certified nutritionist (CN), and certified natural health professional, founder of The Nutrition and Wellness Center, Julie Mitchell tailors individual wellness programs to address clients' specific needs. Relying on natural health enhancers such as gentle colon hydrotherapy, infrared therapy saunas, and nutritional coaching, Julie leads people to healthier habits and wards off encroaching threats to wellness, unlike the questionable medical advice of Mayor McCheese.
For more than 18 years, women and men have visited European Day Spa of Williamsburg for beautifying services ranging from body wraps to massages and waxes. Open five days a week by appointment, the spa pampers guests with à la carte services as well as full- and half-day spa packages, which make great gifts for friends, family members, and disheveled body doubles. European Day Spa of Williamsburg also carries an assortment of beauty products by brands such as Ahava, Guinot, and Shellac.