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 to Parma Spa and Center for Health in Vienna. Choose between the following options:
- For $59, you get your choice of a 45-minute massage or body-therapy session (a $140 value). Choose from the following massage styles:
- For $145, you get a couples massage (a $350 value)<p>
Parma Spa’s physician-supervised staff rejuvenates bodies with a menu of massages and body therapies designed to repair aches and imbalances. Traditional Swedish techniques subject muscles to gently applied pressure accompanied by relaxing oils to improve circulation and muscle pliability. Aromatherapy massages similarly integrate floral or oil-soaked sachets and fragrant oils to encourage inner balance and clear minds. During the Ayurvedic-inspired padamardana treatment, a therapist treats feet by bathing them in a copper vessel coveted for its holistic value and ability to aptly hold four jugs of punch. Therapists then perform Ayurvedic foot reflexology to open up the energy channels usually concealed by shoes. Alternatively, the vishrama treatment combines elements of various massages and yoga stretches to heal sore muscles. Clients may also opt to have their neck toppers reorganized with champi—Indian head massage—treatments.
Clients with twin brothers or significant others luxuriate side-by-side during the specialty massage treatment. The treatment includes careful attention for both clients, plus an optional wellness consultation from Dr. Thara. After a relaxing spa session, newly relaxed bodies can sip herbal teas, snack on nuts and antioxidant-rich dry fruits, or admire their newly rejuvenated appearance in the spa’s oversize gilded mirrors.
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.