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.
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.
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.
Northern Lights Spa offers a full catalog of healing services that can be individualized to soothe specific tensions. Stressful things such as jobs and stress can transform your once-nimble muscles into rigid two-by-fours. A hot-stone massage will relight your internal furnace and flexibilify your tense muscles. For 75 minutes, one of Northen Lights' friendly massage therapists strategically arranges gently heated smooth basalt-lava stones on your body to deliver a comfortable warmth that will drain away tension and bring your muscles to optimal stress-exorcism temperature. For a shoulder-to-toe experience, an exfoliating and relaxing body brushing and hydrating honey mud foot treatment will accompany your massage. Those accumulating Earth-conscious karma can rejoice in Northern Lights' administration of Aubrey Organics' skincare products and natural massage oils. Call to schedule an appointment.
Dreams Day Spa’s beauty pros work hard to erase even the slightest trace of tension from their clients’ bodies. They glide hot stones over dermal canvases and unfurl deep-tissue massage techniques to reach buried muscle knots and triple knots. Custom facials relax everything above the neck, and mani-pedis treat overworked hands and feet to paraffin wax, aromatherapy, and a choice of polish. The experts also swaddle clients in body wraps chock-full of extracts, herbs, and botanicals with detoxifying elements.