More than 15 tons of therapeutic salt cake the floors and walls of Williamsburg Salt Spa. Imported from Poland and Pakistan, these salts enrich the air with minerals and negative ions, simulating the curative atmosphere of natural salt caves. Anti-gravity recliners populate the salt spa, cradling clients who respire the air in an effort to ameliorate respiratory illnesses such as asthma, allergies, sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD or cystic fibrosis.
The salt spa has garnered significant press for its uncommon approach to natural healing, including a feature in Hampton Roads Magazine, which explained that "salt produces healthy negative ions that purify the air, making breathing easier—in contrast to unhealthy positive ions emitted by computers, printers, copiers, and television sets."
Licensed therapist Tina credits her time in massage school for helping her get past what she calls a period of darkness in her life. Instead of continuing to escape her reality, she decided to create a new reality that she loved. This meant attending school for massage therapy and eventually opening her own massage business, Heaven Sent Hands for Massage, a name that reflects her spiritual beliefs.
In her therapy room, nestled in The Beauty Cottage, her hands expertly prod muscles to release tension, whether it's just on the surface or deep within muscle fibers. She often bundles massages with spa services, such as back scrubs to remove dead skin or foot scrubs to remove the tar that's been doubling as shoes. She even offers a Napper's Dream massage package, which pairs a 90-minute aromatherapy massage with a 30-minute power nap on the plush massage table.
Williamsburg Neck and Back Center uses and in-depth investigative process and advanced therapies to ease pain and align disjunctures in the spine. Dr. Daniel D. Roth uses precise adjustments, impulse technology, and Triton decompression therapy to correct the subluxations that can spur muscle spasms, headaches, and other secondary illnesses. Dr. Roth’s office also augments recovery through the soothing, therapeutic touch of a licensed massage therapist, who blends multiple massage styles to increase lymphatic circulation and improve muscle tone.
Pinto Chiropractic treats clients to an array of chiropractic, medical, and massage services in a cozy environment nothing like a typical doctor's office. The 50-minute deep-tissue massage (an $85 value) draws on trigger-point therapy to attack deep muscle tension, loosening the layers of connective tissue and untying unwelcome knot lodgers taking up residence in the human hide. During the session, a skilled therapist will use hot or cold stones (a $20 value) to help melt away circulation blockages and cool inflamed blood vessels.
Certified massage therapists help clients relax and lose lingering aches, pains, and bodily stress with a range of specialized massages. Hot stones penetrate waves of heat into muscles for greater relaxation, whereas cold stones aim to reduce swelling and inflammation in localized areas. Deep-tissue and sports massages work to relieve embedded tension and tennis balls in joints and muscles, and additions such as aromatherapy seek to deepen states of relaxation.
In addition to specialty massages, EveN Baby Massage offers beautification and relaxation services such as organic facials, foot scrubs, and paraffin dips. Such services push clients toward more pristine complexions while ridding the body of excess oil, dead skin, acne, and only the toxins least likely to lead to superhuman powers.
For more than 18 years, women and men have visited European Day Spa of Williamsburg for beautifying services ranging from body wraps to massages and waxes. Open five days a week by appointment, the spa pampers guests with à la carte services as well as full- and half-day spa packages, which make great gifts for friends, family members, and disheveled body doubles. European Day Spa of Williamsburg also carries an assortment of beauty products by brands such as Ahava, Guinot, and Shellac.
David Herring was once in a great deal of pain, struggling with the symptoms of a gluten allergy, Lyme disease, and joint pain. Integrative manual therapy helped him to find relief, and now Herring helps others as a nationally certified massage therapist, an integrative manual therapist, and the owner of Innovative Pain Release Center.
All techniques involved in integrative manual therapy are noninvasive, and treatment regimens begin with a thorough examination wherein the therapist identifies the underlying causes of problems, sometimes physical, sometimes emotional. Subsequent treatments incorporate gentle manual manipulation to recalibrate the body's interdependent systems—ranging from digestive to nervous—so they can heal themselves. Because integrative manual therapy addresses the body as a whole, it prevents nondominant limbs from rebelling and can treat a range of ailments, including chronic pain, stress, fatigue, depression, injuries, and illnesses.
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