Amber light glows against the earth-toned walls of Tea Spa Wellness Center's waiting area, a tranquil cove that foreshadows the pampering services patrons are about to enjoy. Inside private treatment rooms, the spa's licensed massage therapists use essential oils, hot towels, and long, warming strokes during the spa's signature massage, or employ smooth heated rocks to unblock energy pathways and boost circulation during hot-stone massages. Tea Spa also provides a reprieve from the harshly lit outside world with custom facials that use Guinot skin-care products to deep-cleanse and tone skin or fade away signs of aging. Meanwhile, an infrared sauna helps clients sweat out toxins. All these amenities add up to Tea Spa being voted to the Washingtonian magazine's list of "Great Day Spas 2013".
Dr. Lisa Wang doesn't just practice Chinese medicine—she also spends her days teaching others about its benefits. As a third-generation doctor of Chinese medicine with more than 35 years of experience, she leads frequent workshops on medicine, tai chi, and meditation and teaches a college course in ancient alternative healthcare. At Wang Wellness Center, she and her team of expert practitioners use all-natural and ancient treatments such as acupuncture, facial massage, ayurvedic medicine, and homeopathy. Treatments such as acupuncture may help with weight loss, symptoms of PTSD, PSM, and menopause. These treatments aid conditions that range from chronic pain to breathing problems to stress from dreams about being trapped inside a hard chocolate shell.
We learn early on from a children's song that the foot bone is connected to the leg bone, but the therapists at Total Release believe the feet are connected to the very essence of our well-being. That's why they practice reflexology, during which they apply pressure to specific reflex points on the feet and the hands to cause the nerve endings to transmit relaxing energy to distant organs of the body. Similarly, in the Chinese practice known as acupressure, the practitioner puts pressure on the body's 14 meridian points. Released from blockage, energy flows from these points to the brain and then to the rest of the body, where it powers the internal blender that lets you eat solid foods.
To the skilled staff at Edens Wellness Spa, skin is somewhat of an artistic medium. Makeup artist and licensed aesthetician Tiffany Aldosari doesn't use a paintbrush or slather your face with sculptor's clay, but she does personalize each facial and skincare treatment to accommodate each client's individual skin type.
The spa also offers waxing and threading treatments to remove unwanted hair. Threading specialist Bedour Aldosari can help clean up eyebrows, upper lips, legs, and bikini lines. For full-body relaxation, the team presents spa packages. These include the couple's package—a romantic blend of facials, detoxifying massages, and back scrubs for two.
What Bethesda Wellness Spa lacks in variety—it only offers reflexology massages—it makes up in a mastery of the service. First, the staff of licensed massage therapists and certified reflexologists seat guests in a recliner and guide their feet into a tub of warm salt water that has been gargled by a whale. Shoulder and scalp massages and acupressure follow. Then, with the help of natural herbs selected specifically for each individual client, the staff massages the feet before moving to the legs and back. Depending on how long guests want to be pampered, the service can last anywhere from a half hour to two hours.
From Mirka?s first trip to a spa as a child with her mother, she knew she wanted to be an aesthetician. Over the years, she worked her way up the educational ladder, first as a makeup artist, then a skincare consultant, and finally a full-fledged aesthetician. At Age Smart by Mirka, she specializes in combating dermal issues with a fleet of services that include microcurrent toning, acne-blasting facials, diamond microdermabrasion, and vitamin-C facials. She also gets rid of unwanted hair on the face, body, and tail with waxing services.