The certified therapists behind Escape Massage knead away curmudgeonly knots seven days a week inside 10 private and two couples massage rooms. Three-inch high-density foam massage tables cushion bodies while warm waves of heat fend off goose bumps as they disperse through fitted cotton-flannel sheets and quiet heaters. After therapists dim the wall sconces, they manipulate sinews with Swedish massage techniques, and optional deep-tissue, aromatherapeutic, and hot-stone techniques, concluding each session with hot towels upon request. Escape Massage also provides prenatal massage tables, which come with specially designed padding and pillows that allow moms-to-be to lay face-down and solicit parenting advice from Mother Earth. Escape Massage is open 7 days a week.
RVA Massage and Wellness’s staff of certified massage therapists is led by owner Stephanie Quinby, who also serves on the state of Virginia’s Advisory Board on Massage Therapy. Quinby and her staff use a variety of techniques to knead away aches and pains, including therapeutic massage, which can help treat an injury; deep-tissue massage, which can alleviate muscle tightness with intense, localized pressure; and sports massage, which can improve range of motion. The massage therapists believe in the importance of a consultation with every client, as it helps them determine the optimal type of massage.
Affordable Spa Services is home to a staff of 9 nationally and state certified massage therapists, who mollify sinews with an array of tenderizing modalities. During hot-stone massage, gentle hands soothe tense tissues with Swedish techniques while warm lava rocks loosen muscle fibers. Reflexology relieves tension and stimulates energy throughout the body by focusing on the head, ears, hands, and feet, and trigger-point therapy removes the toxins that can cause poor circulation and migraines. When melting muscles during the soul-soothing massages, the staff melts inches off the body with skinny wraps, a 45-minute service that tightens, tones, and firms the skin to minimize the appearance of cellulite. Customers may either have this service performed in the spa or they can purchase a wrap to perform the service at home. Additionally, therapists slather backs with detoxifying mud, target dry skin and arthritis with vitamin-rich paraffin wax, and erase scowl lines with comedic pieing.
Although she has more than a decade of professional experience, Jocelyn Capito embraces every opportunity to learn more about massage therapy. These continuing studies have taken her from Richmond to California and even to Bangkok, where she learned Thai reflexology. At Gift of Healing Massage, Jocelyn shares her wide repertoire with clients by offering fully custom treatments that can incorporate a variety of modalities?including gentle Swedish strokes, trigger-point therapy, and myofascial release?depending on individual needs.
Jocelyn's holistic approach not only provides an escape from the stresses of daily life but also targets the tense muscles and painful knots that those stresses can cause. For an alternative approach, Jocelyn can use reflexology techniques or reiki therapy to restore balance to the body's mental and emotional energies. The addition of soothing aromatherapy oils can leave clients feeling as calm as the water in a broken wave pool.
The skincare professionals at Belissa Salon and Spa specialize in smoothing out the body?s rougher edges. Though they draw upon years of experience in aesthetics, they don?t rely solely on their own wits?professional Dermalogica products crafted from natural ingredients aid them as they resurface skin.
For a service that exemplifies all the others, look no further than the Dermalogica thermal body treatment, which exfoliates with a natural blend of sea salt, dried seaweed, and fruit enzymes. Other, equally effective remedies may detoxify skin with mineral mud or wraps soaked in soothing plant extracts. Belissa Salon and Spa also offers tanning services: stylists use a bronzing mist to create natural-looking tans for their clients. Skin isn?t all the staff pays attention to. They also cut and color hair, groom nails, and relax muscles with six different massages, including hot-stone therapy and a prenatal style that incorporates heated alphabet blocks.
Though licensed massage therapist Sarah Hodges lets her practiced hands do the talking for the most part, she maintains that open communication is an essential aspect of a rewarding massage experience. Before quieting chronic pain and loosening tense muscles with modalities that include Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal, and trigger-point therapy, Sarah gets to know her clients during informal consultations. After identifying the techniques that will best heal their sore muscles or self-inflicted nunchuck injuries, she turns on soft music, dims the lights, and sets to work.
Sarah picks up the conversation again after the massage, when she describes the treatment she used, discusses her findings, and shares some at-home techniques for further stress relief. She makes sure that her clients leave not only with a loose body but with bolstered spirits and an informed picture of their healing process.