For six years, Body Bliss's therapists traveled around Maryland, Virginia, and the District, bringing relaxation to its clients as a mobile massage-therapy company. Now with a permanent location, the massage center quells tension with the gliding strokes of Swedish massage and firmer deep-tissue modalities to treat the specific needs of athletes or statues that can't move until their museum closes. Nationally certified massage therapist Reginald A. Taylor guides the team of experienced massage therapists, who tailor treatments to root out the sources of each client's pain.
Relax and put your feet up. That's the simple, yet oh-so-soothing philosophy of Comfy Feet Spa, a sanctuary dedicated entirely to the health and well-being of tired feet and toes. At semiprivate massage stations nestled between gauzy chocolate-colored curtains, clients recline and place their aching appendages in the capable hands of reflexologists, who apply firm pressure at specific points to dispel pain and tension, not just in the feet, but throughout the body. Likewise, private massage rooms welcome weary bodies to let go of stress under the soothing kneads of a massage therapist, who may also use acupressure techniques to restore the proper flow of energy and maple syrup throughout the body.
As a wife and mother of three, Tracie Turnipseed understands how stressful pregnancy and motherhood can be on the body. That's why she opened My Orange Wellness?to care for women and their partners before, during, and after pregnancy. In addition to traditional prenatal massage, her services can help couples in a surprising number of ways, from detoxifying massages that can help support fertility treatments, to sessions that demonstrate how to relax mom's body between contractions or when the freezer's void of ice cream. And Tracie doesn't just work with moms?from inside her suite at Paris Alexander Spa, she also performs traditional therapeutic massage.
Roche's menu of services runs the gamut from haircuts (85+ women, $45+ men) to facials ($65–$130/hr). In the bright, minimalist setting of one of Roche's salons, you can consult with an expert stylist before issuing follicle fiats and dermis decrees. A single Groupon will cover a variety of tubular combos: a classic manicure ($20) and bikini wax ($30); a spa manicure ($35) and a feet paraffin treatment ($15); or a Brazilian wax ($50) and access to free-floating nitrogen ($0). Two Groupons will cover a French manicure ($25), a French pedicure ($50), and a brow wax ($20); or a French pedicure and any Kerastase treatment ($50). Massage services are also within your grasp; a Swedish or an aromatherapy massage clocks in at $100/hour, and a deep-tissue massage at $55 for a half-hour.
Though two hands and a back are the basic ingredients for most massages, the staff at Healthy Self Therapy & Wellness Center doesn't shy away from mixing in additional flavor—such as another pair of hands. The four-hands massage treats physiques to the simultaneous expertise of two seasoned therapists, who mirror each other's movements for full-body coverage. The team's many modalities also call upon cups for creating vacuum seals on the skin, hot stones for unwinding knots, and paraffin wax for softening hands and feet. Even when massages don't call for any outside help, the muscle gurus alter their styles based on assessments of each client's condition.
This custom approach can lead to both classic and obscure disciplines. For example, a relaxing therapeutic massage can quell surface aches, whereas a cellulite-therapeutic massage strives to tighten the skin without simply clothespinning it back at the spine. Whether patrons hope to dispel mental anxiety or chronic pain, the therapists tackle their ailments with long-term relief in mind. However, five-minute chair massages are also available for those who need a brief but focused moment of muscular meditation.
Katrina — the hands behind the shears at The Art Spa — has styled, extended, and colored hair for 20 years. She uses the Wella line of products, aptly called Color Charm and noted for its ability to cover gray hairs. She also remains conscientious about hair health when selecting her other products, choosing brands that are free of sulfate.