At SpaTaneity, relaxation begins as soon as guests step over the threshold. The de-stressing smells of aromatherapy greet each guest, and the sounds of trickling water and calming music add depth to the refreshing beverages clients sip as they begin to leave the bustling world behind. The spa’s owner, Trish Diaz, honed her relaxation-inducing skills during 10 years spent as a master aesthetician. In designing her spa, Trish made sure that her qualified staff members possessed the same unparalleled attention to detail that Trish lavished on her tranquil spa space.
Amid earth-toned rooms filled with plants and plush pillows, licensed and master aestheticians use custom facials and microdermabrasion to rid skin of imperfections and signs of aging such as sun spots, fine lines, and the finger scratches that result from babysitting an ill-behaved grandfather clock. Massage therapists deflate stress and tension with Swedish, hawaiian, and hot-stone massages, and mud body wraps feature cameos from honey butters and sea mud to detox the skin and give it a healthy, polished glow.
Marcus Harris spent more than a decade spotting ailments as an emergency medical technician and radiologic technologist. During this time, he also noticed something else: how the health-care industry's conventional wisdom often failed patients with stress and pain. To address this shortcoming, he studied massage and natural therapies and opened Hands On Healing Massage Therapy, where, with he mends injured muscles with techniques such as medical massage, myofascial release, and neuromuscular therapy. Rounding out the services is Natasha Hopkins, who is a State Certified Massage therapist as well as a licensed Esthetician. Natasha provides waxing, facials, and body wraps and scrubs, in addition to massages.
HW Med Spa brings skincare into the 21st century. Here, a team of skilled aestheticians treat clients to customized facials which restore a youthful glow around the cheekbones by concealing wrinkles, improving elasticity, or soothing signs of inflammation. Additionally, the med spa's certified technicians use a cosmetic laser system to target and eradicate rogue follicles, and with the same laser system can also firm skin and conceal signs of acne scars, sun damage, and other common blemishes.
Lavish Apothecary keeps bodies in the shippest of shapes with beautifying spa services and luxurious products. Before embarking upon the 30-minute facial, patrons confer with an adroit aesthetician about individual skin needs to develop a personalized plan of attack, after which a deep-cleansing treatment expunges grime and lingering chocolate-milk moustaches from epidermal planes. Toning and exfoliation services render complexions as radiant and smooth as a freshly shaved campfire, and face masks imbue parched smile machines with dewy moisture. Aestheticians wrap clients in the soothing, balmy embrace of hot towels, and finish off the treatment by treating mitts to a hand massage or taming cranial chaos with a soothing scalp massage.
In Tibet, the word "bardos" means "an interval between two things," an escape from external pressures. Certified massage therapist Jamie LaNeave helps clients suspend day-to-day cares through relaxing, holistic hands-on therapies. Before she became a massage therapist, LaNeave learned the strengths and limitations of the body's muscles and tendons during 25 years as a professional dancer. Armed with this understanding, she sees massage therapy as a way to help the body overcome chronic pain through physical manipulation of soft tissue. All of the practitioners are also trained in neuromuscular therapy, which can help ease chronic back pain. Most importantly, LaNeave identifies each patient's issues early on and helps build a plan to help them with whatever treatments are necessary.
Swaddled in plush robes and sipping a cup of herbal tea, the guests at Margarita's Skin Care Center feel pampered before a spa technician even visits their room. The above-and-beyond treatment doesn't stop there—nourishing facials and body treatments often include steam baths, massages, and masks as revitalizing add-ons. The staff caters its skin services to each client's unique exterior and applies European cosmetics to target any blemishes and ailments. After appointments, a full line of retail products and private consultations—which include advice on preventative care—ensure that visitors can maintain their bright visages at home.
Margarita is a certified electrologist as well as a licensed aesthetician. For patrons in pursuit of long-term hair removal, electrolysis zaps follicles to shut down growth, much like how a lightning strike prevents skyscraper antennae from sprouting any higher. The center also offers makeup applications and waxing services.
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.