Massage for the masses. That's the mission for the team at M3 Massage, who perform massages that work for a variety of skeletomuscular issues. They use deep-tissue techniques for chronic tension, Swedish massage for general relaxation, and prenatal massage for pregnant clients in need of a soothing session. And their efforts have certainly paid off: in 2013, readers of Washington City Paper named M3 Massage Best Spa. In private treatment rooms, aestheticians can also wax clients from head to toe or administer medspa treatments such as Lipomassage, which targets fat deposits and promotes lymphatic circulation.
Even the decor puts visitors at ease. Stepping into the M3 Massage lobby is like entering the living room of a friend, the one who decided to install a reception desk. Comfy couches, a coffee table stacked with ample reading materials, and a few other well-placed decor items set an easy and casual tone.
A salon might not seem like a typical destination for a tour bus. Nevertheless, the Old Towne Trolley makes a stop at Salon Roi, where a well-known mural of Marilyn Monroe decorates the upper levels of the restored, four-story historic townhouse. Created by the artist John Bailey in 1980 for Mr. Roi Barnard’s 40th birthday, the Marilyn Monroe mural has since become an unexpected Washington landmark, and has been reproduced on postcards, T-shirts, calendars, and vice president Biden’s favorite jean jacket. More Marilyn memorabilia decorates the rest of the unisex salon and spa, where expert stylists pamper guests with haircare, facials, massages, and other spa services.
The front doors of Skin Spa Austin Lounge open to a studio with an industrial yet comforting aesthetic, where sunlight spills in through the broad windows and warms the exposed-brick walls and bronze-colored floor. Within this space that both celebrates and seals out the savage urban jungle, aestheticians and massage therapists tend to guests with à la carte and packaged spa services that span facials, massage, waxing, and even LED teeth whitening. Skin Spa's staff prefers organic and pharmaceutical-grade products, stocking lines such as HydroPeptide that teem with active enzymes and botanical extracts.
Decked out with private treatment rooms, Qi Spa courts clients with lavender towels, earnest mixtapes, and complimentary beverages such as green tea. The spa's cosmopolitan staff speaks nine languages as they practice the facility's philosophy of helping clients achieve balanced chi?an ancient feng shui principle pertaining to one's inner life force and energy?in each of its treatments. Treatment rooms accommodate massage, waxing, and body treatments, or, for romantic activities, the corporeal sanctuary accommodates couples with chocolate massages, mani-pedis, or facials.
The stylists and aestheticians at Eurospa refuse to confine themselves to just one specialty. In addition to revamping guests' 'dos, the intrepid beauty-makers add fetching color to locks, wax away unwanted hair, and apply semi-permanent makeup, which cuts down on the time clients spend getting ready and making awkward small talk with the person who lives in their bathroom mirror. Meanwhile, those looking for relaxation can also avail themselves of another of the spa's many specialties: a scalp massage, which saps away stress while nourishing hair with warm oil.
Friends come in handy when one needs a shoulder to cry on or a body to experiment on. Luckily, Fit to Be Tan owner Heather Boss has many. After researching non-UV-based tanning methods in 2007, she began experimenting with airbrush tanning, perfecting the combination of solution and technique after many trials on her willing friends. After word spread from her happy test subjects, Boss opened Fit to Be Tan, which focuses on airbrush tanning and healthy skincare. She uses natural, organic solutions that bronze the skin without relying on harmful rays from the sun.