In the lobby of Parma Spa and Center for Health, a sculpture of a woman balancing on a jade-colored orb acts as an axis for a spiraling, gleaming ribbon. The statue represents the Ayurvedic philosophy of health, a belief that the client will be "on top of the world" when mental, physical, and aesthetic needs are met and balanced. Ayurvedic medicine strives to heal the emotional and physical cause of pain rather than just treat the symptoms. "Well-being is physical, mental and spiritual," owner and founder Dr. S Nicky Singh says in a feature on WUSA 9. "I believe in this with a passion. There is a need for people to look at themselves preventatively."
In addition to med-spa-quality services such as microcurrent facials, staff members trained in Ayurvedic medicine perform massages and body treatments with healing herbal oils that invigorate and detoxify the body. Physicians are on-hand to supervise, and they also provide health care ranging from counseling to cardiology. "The presence of physicians reinforces the idea that there's a quality to what we do that's [more than just a spa]," Dr. Singh says.
But the clinical capabilities of the spa and wellness center don't mean that it feels like a doctor's office. "In a frenzied, frenzied world, it was my goal to create a place where we [could have true] wellness," Dr. Singh says, and that means being kind to the eyes and the sleeping koala clinging to each person's shoulder. Oversize gilded mirrors reflect the twinkling lights of an imported Venetian chandelier, which in turn casts light over Italian linens, chamois robes, and a Limoges tea service filling steaming cups with herbal tea. "We're not trying to create a place which is just glamorous … The idea was to show that we worry about every little detail," she says.
At first glance, Good Day Total Health Clinic seems more like an opulent spa than a wellness center. Past the rich marble and plush furnishings in the lobby, vividly painted treatment rooms are interspersed with a serene fish pond and murals depicting cherry trees ironically holding apples. The varied, welcoming decor reflects the multidisciplinary approach to health provided by the doctors, specialists, and technicians who practice here. The team offers state of the art treatments for both wellness and beauty, from chiropractic care and acupuncture to rejuvenating massages and Botox and filler treatments.
Massage therapists, cosmetologists, and estheticians work together to bolster clients? beauty during custom facials, therapeutic massages, and waxing services. The pros also remove unwanted hairs down to the root via an ancient middle eastern practice called sugaring with a formula crafted from all natural ingredients by the mayor?s personal confectioner. The center proffers a sense of relaxation through the myriad services and the d?cor, with deep burgundy curtains that cascade down the walls in private treatment rooms and earthy green walls in the hallways.
The experienced healers and licensed massage therapists at Thai Wellness Center believe that the body must be treated as a whole if it is to thrive. So they seek to link the mind, body, and spirit and stimulate natural healing during their holistic therapies. Depending on a client's needs, they can choose from different levels of treatments, which include relaxation, prevention, therapeutic, advanced bodywork, and medical massage, in ascending order. Within these levels, their vast array of massage modalities range from Swedish and sports massage to Thai therapeutic, Thai reflexology, and trigger point massage.
Clients can relax and forget about the incident with the overflowing garbage bag during a 90-minute aromatherapy massage, or get help with chronic neck and back pain during an orthopedic massage, which aims to release tight muscles in the upper back. With a belief that self-care is one of the most important requirements of overall health and happiness, Thai Wellness Center helps clients feel whole and refreshed.
After earning an undergraduate degree in natural sciences at Johns Hopkins and an MD from Columbia University, a desire to meld science with art motivated Dr. Paul Thesiger to pursue a career in plastic surgery. Dr. Thesiger, who was born and raised in Jamaica, followed his growing passion around the world for a year as part of a fellowship program, performing cleft-lip, palate, and hand surgery for impoverished children in nine countries. Now, in his private practice, Dr. Thesiger and his partner, Dr. Tavallali, constantly educate themselves on innovations in their field while beautifying faces and bodies with an array of procedures. Nonsurgical Endermologie treatments diminish cellulite, and visages glow brighter than a self-aware lamp after chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing, and Botox.