Washington stylistas know all about Georgetown’s Roche Salon. From its perch in Washington Harbour, along with another outpost downtown, Roche is considered one of the top color salons in the country. The salon is large, yet light and airy, with sun streaming in through the large front windows. Especially nice are the shampoo and color areas, which are adjacent to each other near the rear of the salon; the shampoo space features extra-large sinks and comfy massage lounge chairs, while the color area is equally comfortable for lounging. In addition to hair services, there’s a facial and massage room; manicures and pedicures are also done on site.
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.
Relaxation comes easy at Magnolia Massage & Body, where licensed massage therapists quell aches with a mix-and-match menu of four modalities—Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, and pregnancy. They also soften outer layers with sea-salt scrubs, wherein they brush off dead skin cells with citrus-grass, honey-clove, or honey-lavender salts before applying a shea-butter moisturizer. Treatments take place atop a heated massage table in a cheerful yellow room.
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.
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.
Step into the tranquil, vine-filled space at Solarus and treat damaged strands to a total renewal with a restorative holistic hair and scalp treatment, including a soothing 30-minute shoulder, neck, and scalp massage. Use the facial option for a refreshing European facial, the mani-pedi option for a basic finger-shingle and toe-shell treatment, or apply the value toward upgraded facial or nail services. You'll leave Solarus relaxed and ready to tackle unexpected iguana uprisings.