A pain in the neck—specifically a broken neck—illustrated for Erica Steele the inadequacies she found in modern Western health care. Though her physical pain was ameliorated with pharmaceuticals, Erica's emotional trauma went unaddressed, a shortfall that led her to open Essential Wellness, a holistic health-care facility that unites a team of primary-care physicians, spiritual counselors, and alternative practitioners under one roof. An outspoken proponent of naturopathic medicine, Erica, along with her staff, strives to relieve patients of their ailments using an approach that centers on the cause of symptoms instead of the symptoms themselves. For example, when discussing the treatment of depression, instead of prescribing traditional solutions, such as antidepressants or bank vaults filled with bubble wrap, Erica rattles off a litany of alternative therapies, including constipation relief, positive thinking, meditation, exercise, and probiotics. "All patients have the ability to heal themselves," she says. "My role is to help them access those abilities." The staff does this with comprehensive primary medical care that can include naturopathy as well as wellness classes, healthy programs , and detoxification services. Shades of turquoise fill treatment rooms with a color meant to awaken clients' confidence, and framed affirmations such as "I love myself" and "Those water-park guards will never stop me" inspire people to look inward for healing strength.
As its name implies, the original Spa on the Boulevard is a bastion of peace and quiet on bustling Virginia Beach Boulevard. Though throngs of tourists routinely pass by the spa’s windows, the interior suggests no threat of unwelcome intrusions. Here, therapists customize their massage strokes to relieve stress, aestheticians gently exfoliate skin with Éminence Organic Skin Care facials, and nail technicians protect against chips with Shellac or Gelish manicures.
The spa’s recently opened location in Chesapeake follows the original’s example. Both locations offer 100% green products made with natural and organic ingredients, and both employ a staff whose sole mission is to return the body to its idealized state. Aside from their one-time health and beauty treatments, the spas also run wellness programs dedicated to helping clients detoxify, lose weight, and suppress urges to nervously bite strangers’ nails.
At Metamorphosis Salon & Spa, owners Beth Volz and Molly Zemke welcome visitors into a world of soothing and beautifying skin and hair treatments. Guests spruce up their tresses with cuts, foil highlights, and keratin infusions, or cleanse and smooth their skin with waxing, mud wraps, and purifying facials.
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Under the guidance of medical director Dr. Richard Rosenblum, The Spa and Laser Center’s staff rejuvenates appearances with a wide range of medical aesthetic procedures and spa treatments, and dole out anti-aging tips on Fox 43's The Hampton Roads Show. Staff performs treatments such as laser resurfacing, photorejuvenation, micro needling, facial and peel treatments, Vaser Shape body contouring, and massages. During visits, a skilled nurse administers cosmetic injectable services–such as Botox, Selphyl, and other dermal fillers–for those who desire to skim years off their appearances. Spa treatments—which include nine varieties of facials and seven different massages—are also available.
Todd Beckman founded MassageLuXe with the notion that five-star service should not be limited to pricey hotels. Today, the spa's team of qualified massage therapists and aestheticians continues to realize and build upon Todd's initial aspirations. A spa day at MassageLuXe includes all the perks one might expect from a vacation resort, from facials and massages to full-body waxing and baths in warm, effervescent champagne. The company's services tend to exceed expectations in other ways, too; along with standard massages such as Swedish and deep tissue, therapists are proficient in specialty modalities such as hot stone, reflexology, and aromatherapy.
Five-time Best of Chesapeake Gold–winner Ron Paul Salon & Day Spa enlivens weary faces with a wealth of rejuvenating skincare services. Perfect for a lunchtime appointment, the express facial treats pores to a customized cleansing complete with a mask and moisturizer application. The microdermabrasion delves deeper to exfoliate layers of dead skin and reveal fresher strata underneath. This diamond-tipped scrub-down is most effective in a series of five to eight sessions, and can help reduce superficial wrinkles, uneven texture, and the ennui that attends not being asked for ID.