After earning the 2008 S. Roger Horchow Jefferson Award for public service, Edward Jagen opened Michaela's Grotto to provide holistic interventions that help visitors take responsibility for their health and emotional well-being. Jagen's resume reads like the definition of "Renaissance man": holder of a PhD in theology, a master magician, and a former Major Crimes Special Investigator for the Washington D.C. Police. While combating organized crime against mailboxes on the force, Jagen honed his abilities to read people, a skill he combines with a mode of communication called neuro-linguistic reasoning to help his patients recognize patterns in their thoughts and actions. The center is co-owned by massage therapist, holistic practitioner, Reiki master, CranioSacral therapist, certified aromatherapist, and all-around medical intuitive Sophia West who boasts 28 years of medical experience. Working out of three locations, Sofia consults her clients' physicians to pick up where Western medicine has proved ineffective. A nutritionist and a hypnotherapist round out the staff and reinforce the center's emphasis on the interconnectedness of mental and physical health.
The heart of the center is an outdoor labyrinth built to channel a positive energy through passageways that burst forth with flowering plants and choruses of Muppets in the summer. Meditation gardens stretch out beyond the labyrinth in a loose network of tranquil pools, sunlit walks, and a gazebo overlooking the center's medieval-castle-style architecture. Inside, a 375-foot sweat lodge and a warm mineral pool soothe visitors with heat, and a shop filled with aromatherapy products and crystals enables them to take home healing tokens of their journey.
Angel’s Touch Skincare and Wellness's multidisciplinary team of aestheticians rejuvenate weary bodies with a full menu of customized organic facials, massage therapies, and herbal body wraps. The aesthetic services employ organic skincare products made in small batches from handpicked fruits, vegetables, and herbs, vivifying the skin with natural nutrients. The staff also offers alternative wellness services such as reflexology, acupuncture, and ear candling, which bring repose to the mind and the insides of ears. To give newly minted auras of beauty a firmer foundation, daily Zumba dance-fitness sessions strengthen core muscles and burn calories in fun, yet intense, one-hour spurts.
Guided by family traditions of holistic medicine and respect for nature, Pamela Reynolds helps restore her client's health at Inspired Thru Nature, a natural health center that specializes in colon hydrotherapy. A family history of digestive disorders informs Pamela's practice, and many of her treatments aim to detox the digestive tract and return the body to its natural, healthy state through methods such as ionic footbaths, infrared-sauna sessions, body wraps, and ear candling. Irodology, one of Pamela's signature treatments, uses noninvasive technology to examine the iris, which provides pointed insights into overall health and celebrity-lookalike matches.
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Nourishing Journey's mission is to aid clients in living vibrant lives. To do so, the holistic center utilizes a range of wellness options. Read on for a by-the-numbers look into Nourishing Journey's services and how they stack up.
3 layers of wellness—physical, emotional, and spiritual—the center addresses during treatments
10 staff members, including reiki masters, massage therapists, and an ohashiatsu practitioner
9 forms of energy healing offered; these include Holistic Metamorphosis and Access Consciousness
4 detoxifying services, including ionic footbaths and hyperbaric oxygen therapy
2 personal-development offerings: life coaching and intuitive reading
12 energy channels, or meridians, on the body guide acupuncture treatments
Dr. Venetta Kalu puts her expertise in naturopathic medicine to use with an arsenal of detoxifying, holistic health remedies. Whether its an energizing massage or package of body-cleansing services, each treatment begins with a one-on-one consultation to determine medical history and treatment goals. In addition to holistic spa services, Dr. Kalu provides nutritional advice, healthy recipes, and multivitamins shaped like Lady Justice to balance bodies from the inside out. During treatments, clients can sip complimentary herbal tea as soothing music lulls their senses to peace.