More than 15 tons of therapeutic salt cake the floors and walls of Williamsburg Salt Spa. Imported from Poland and Himalayas, 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."
Kingsmill Resort's grounds surround visitors in gardens, woodlands, and the gurgling of the James River. The aestheticians and stylists of The Spa at Kingsmill take inspiration and bottle nature's scents from these landscapes, developing spa and salon services to immerse guests in natural splendor. Facial peels draw on the organic enzymes of herbs and fruits, body wraps hydrate and invigorate skin with natural elements, such as chocolate, rose, or oatmeal, and massages alternate the placement of warm basalt and cold marble stones. Combining these naturally based treatments, the spa's staff curates full- and half-day spa experiences, including packages tailored for mothers-to-be, teenagers, and men. After guests are perfectly relaxed, they can pep back up with a fitness and wellness program of group classes such as yoga and water aerobics, all led by professional staffers.
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.
Under the expert leadership of Dr. Joel Backer, the staff at Women's Health and Wellness promotes beauty and vitality through soothing, non-invasive procedures. The 20-minute treatment begins with a soothing face wash, then using Derma Genesis technology, surprises worn-out skin with a much-deserved exfoliation, removing imperfections, chipping away dead skin cells, and restoring the exquisite ruins of a beautiful face from years ago. A clay mint mask then removes impurities and softens the epidermis. The doctor also rejuvenates forlorn visages with a mixture of fortified, all-natural moisturizers infused with antioxidants and green tea, ensuring a healthy shine. Lastly, to foil the sun's plot to make people old, an anti-aging sunscreen is applied to faces, protecting their newfound loveliness from jealous UV rays.
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.
Unlike most doctors, Doctor of Chiropractic Pamela Ruescher of Williamsburg Wellness Center doesn't wait until health issues appear to treat them. That's because she's not like most doctors?Reuscher is a doctor of chiropractic. She and her staff help stave off illness and pain with preventative services. One method of prevention is maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise, so the center helps clients jump-start this process with cleansing programs, nutritional counseling, and laser-lipo treatments.