The world’s first day-spa owner invited clients to “experience the healing powers of this here tar pit,” which was bad news for the clientele but invaluable for modern-day archaeologists. Preserve well-being without becoming permanently preserved with today’s Groupon: for $199, you get a couples spa package at Parma Spa and Center for Health in Vienna, Virginia (a $590 total value). The package includes the following:
- Rose-petal foot treatment with reflexology
- Choice of Swedish, Ayurvedic, or aromatherapy massage
- Body polish
- Complimentary glass of champagne or herbal beverage
- Red rose tied in silk and taffeta <p>
Parma Spa’s physician-supervised staff rejuvenates bodies with a menu of massages and body therapies designed to repair aches and imbalances. A foot treatment with touch reflexology soothes aches and pains from worn-out digits, wooing them with a combination of rose petals and tender love songs written by shoes. Traditional Swedish techniques subject muscles to gently applied pressure accompanied by relaxing oils to improve circulation and muscle pliability, and aromatherapy massages similarly integrate floral or oil-soaked sachets and fragrant oils to encourage inner balance and clear minds. During the Ayurvedic treatment, a therapist draws on traditional Indian methods and scientific principals to help rejuvenate bodies, tone muscles, and relax minds. A body polish finishes off corpus-cleansing treatments and works to achieve detoxified skin that glows like a solid-gold jack-o’-lantern. Clients with twin brothers or significant others luxuriate side-by-side during these specialty treatments, indulging in sips of champagne or an herbal beverage.
Parma Spa and Center for Health
In the lobby of Parma Spa and Center for Health, a sculpture of a woman balancing on a jade-colored orb acts as an axis for a spiraling, gleaming ribbon. The statue represents the Ayurvedic philosophy of health, a belief that the client will be "on top of the world" physically, spiritually and aesthetically. Ayurvedic medicine strives to prevent illness by a proper balance of wellness before disease happens. "Well-being is physical, mental and spiritual," owner and founder Dr. S Nicky Singh says in a feature on WUSA 9. "I believe in this with a passion. There is a need for people to look at themselves preventatively." The lead team for Ayurvedic is headed by Dr. Thara and Dr. Ather, with a fellowship in anti-aging medicine and heads the Aesthetics department. Rosalinda Sutherland heads the Eastern therapeutic touch therapies.
In addition to med-spa-quality services such as Dermafusion facials, fraxel treatments and some of the newest innovative skins care services including liquid facelifts, staff members trained in Ayurvedic medicine perform massages and body treatments with healing herbal oils that invigorate and detoxify the body. Physicians are on-hand to supervise, and they also provide health care ranging from counseling to cardiology. "The presence of physicians reinforces the idea that there's a quality to what we do," Dr. Singh says.
The ambience at Parma is of old world elegance. Oversize gilded mirrors reflect the twinkling lights of an imported Venetian chandelier, which in turn casts light over Italian linens, chamois robes, and a Limoges tea service filling steaming cups with herbal tea. "We're not trying to create a place which is just glamorous … The idea was to show that we worry about every little detail," she says. A place where time waits for you for a change and you leave rejuvenated.
8212-B Old Courthouse Rd.
Vienna, Virginia 22182