Survey the Washington DC massage scene and a few themes emerge. For starters, it’s not hard to find places whose services reach far beyond the typical Swedish and deep-tissue techniques. At the Spa Room, you can book appointments for massage treatments ranging from myofascial release and ayurvedic bodywork to guided imagery. Nusta Spa even offers a service called signature interpretive touch, a system of pulsating pressure developed in-house. But the most important fact to note is how the best spas in DC find ways to surprise you with extra touches, like the complimentary goody bag the staff at Serenity Day Spas hand out when clients are celebrating special occasions.

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