A good massage therapist can untangle many different types of knots, but an exceptional massage therapist can then crochet them into decorative shoulder cozies. Experience the exceptional with today’s Groupon: for $95, you get a 50-minute massage (a $120 value) and a 45-minute deep-clean facial (a $70 value) at Hela Salon & Spa in Chevy Chase.
Hela Salon & Spa unites the multifaceted talents of its experienced staff to pamper clients with knot-melting massages and skin-brightening facials. Four specialized massage modalities ensure a personalized approach for every weary muscle and cranky tendon. Long, gliding strokes demolish built-up tension with the Swedish techniques of The Stockholm massage, and The Reykjavik dives deep into tissues to locate neuromuscular misfires and restore order to mutinying muscles. Pressure and compression join forces in The Kebnekaise massage to transform taut sinews into loosened limbs, and The Fjord rewards the achy limbs of expectant mothers in the second and third trimesters with a special massage that soothes sore backs and improves a baby’s chances of becoming an arm-wrestling champion. Newly relaxed bodies then release faces into the care of a skilled aesthetician, who purifies pores with The Karen Blixen facial, a streamlined skin spring-cleaning sans extraction that leaves skin surfaces glowing with renewed vigor, extended to 45-minutes to Groupon buyers for an enhanced experience.
Nival Salon and Spa
With one swivel to the left or right, clients in Nival Salon and Spa's styling chairs might catch a glimpse of Miss Sweden, Miss France, or Miss Netherlands. In early 2012, the international beauty queens entrusted their good looks to the salon's celebrity stylists, nationally acclaimed beauty instructors, and award-winning aestheticians. Though the pageant stars only popped in for a day, Nival regularly pampers a high-profile clientele—the cast of Bravo's Real Housewives of DC has a standing alliance with the business.
Regardless of who stops by, Nival's team members harness their talents to create a personalized experience. In addition to all the basic treatments—haircuts, mani-pedis, massages, et cetera—the spa offers technology-driven services and alternative medicine. A third-generation acupuncturist calls upon more than 10 years of experience as he stimulates natural healing and makes clients look like balding porcupines. In contrast, an aesthetician prompts cell renewal with a mechanical wand that buffs the skin's surface.