As its name implies, Spa World blends the spa traditions of diverse cultures into a contemporary oasis dedicated to total-body relaxation. The 50,000-square-foot, modernized jimjilbang—a traditional Korean bathhouse—admits guests 24 hours per day, seven days a week, giving them up to 12 hours of open access to a bade pool, a sauna, a fitness center, and seven poultice rooms.
One of the spa’s many focal points is the bade pool, which targets sore muscles with nine water-blasting massage stations, including a neck shower and a bench jet that sprays high-pressure water onto feet, calves, waists, and sides to increase blood circulation. Nudity is required to keep the pool free of clothing-based contaminants. Blue onyx, amethyst gems, and ice arch overhead in the seven poultice rooms, each of which is artfully decorated and designed to detoxify bodies. Rare substances comprise the walls and ceilings; Korean red clay radiates purifying bio-infrared rays, and salt rocks imported from the Himalayas expand pores. To nourish guests who choose to remain for the day pass’s full 12 hours, the onsite restaurant sometimes pilfers these salt rocks to help flavor its authentic Asian cuisine.
The specialists at Nova Health & Wellness have helped bring relief to clients with chronic pain, injuries, and fatigue for more than 20 years. Doctor of Chiropractic Miok Hyoun performs spinal adjustments in order to reduce muscle tension, enhance overall body function, and improve limbo-dancing skills. Nova’s acupuncture treatments and massages can also help boost health and wellness, and the nutrition department takes a holistic approach to improving clients' eating habits.
Tucked within the unsuspecting confines of the Centreville Square shopping center, the newly renovated Eden’s Reflexology Spa offers a soothing atmosphere marked by detoxifying tea baths, steamed towels, and other therapeutic elements. Add-ons such as this are commonplace in the spa's many treatments, including its signature offerings: Asian acupressure and deep-tissue massage. During hands-on sessions, the therapists loosen tight joints and knots as clients lie fully clothed in a common area or private treatment room. To deepen the relaxation, the therapists often incorporate hot stones or pepper in elements of foot reflexology that awaken key regions of the brain that are otherwise too busy worrying about gravity.
Stylist Sherry Nasir knows sleek. Her ultra-modern salon is decked out in all-black styling chairs and bright-red walls. And inside those walls, she uses her 15 years of experience to transform unruly manes into silken waterfalls of smooth, shiny hair with precision cuts, styling, and Brazilian blowouts. The popular South American–inspired treatment strengthens frizzy hair with proteins that straighten, smoothen, and protect each hair shaft and make hair more manageable for up to 12 weeks. Clients at De-lush can also opt for waxing services, as well as facials that incorporate organic ingredients such as fruits, vegetables, and bubbles harvested each time a fish breathes.
Dr. Timothy S. Mountcastle, medical director of Radiance Medspa Fairfax and chief of plastic surgery at Inova Loudoun Hospital, urges the Radiance Medspa staff to examine their clients’ diet and lifestyle when evaluating their skincare needs. His team takes a big-picture approach to wellness and helps clients with long-lasting, youth-boosting treatments, including microdermabrasion, teeth whitening, massage, and Botox. Before appointments, patrons can unwind in a tranquility room where troubles melt away like a pat of butter on a piping-hot dragon tongue.