6 Local Places for a Great Massage
These Arlington spas and wellness centers offer the full menu of body treatments, from Swedish massage to shiatsu.
Amid a seemingly endless winter, topped by an ongoing pandemic, there is no better time than now to offer yourself some love with a great massage. If you don’t happen to have a significant other with masseuse credentials, turn to these Arlington spas and wellness centers for the treatment and relaxation you need—and deserve.
This nearly 5-year-old, woman-owned Shirlington spa offers an array of services, including lash extensions, waxing and facials. Each facial involves a multistep process that incorporates massage; choose from hydrafacials, oxygen red-light facials, pumpkin facials and several other treatments that come with plenty of add-on options, such as a 15-minute massage. // 2800 S. Randolph St. #160, Arlington (Shirlington). Price range: Facials start at $150
For more than a decade, Azure Dream has offered head-to-toe wellness services. In addition to traditional and medical-grade skincare, waxing, and lash and brow upgrades, the spa provides body treatments—including the organic hydrating body spa with sugar-crystal exfoliation and body-oil massage—and a lengthy list of massage options. Try a Swedish massage or opt for one of their premium treatments, from chakra balance to myofascial release, targeting the fascial tissue throughout the body. // 2420 Wilson Blvd., #100, Arlington (Courthouse). Price range: $75 (30-minute Swedish massage) – $170 (90-minute premium massage)
Don’t be fooled by the minimalist aesthetic of this relaxation refuge in a Langston Boulevard strip mall; while their space is no-frills, their level of care is anything but. Upon entry, you will be asked to indicate what parts of the body you’d like to focus on, as well as your desired level of pressure. Massage options include Swedish, hot-stone, four hands and reflexology, which the studio notes is good for “balancing emotions, restoring circulation throughout the entire body, relieving stress” (yes please!) and more. // 5647 Langston Blvd., Arlington (East Falls Church). Price range: $38 (30-minute select massages) – $256 (120-minute premium massages)
This nail-care salon has two locations—one in Arlington and one in Tysons, which also offers massage. Expect touches of modern art, such as coffee-table books you can thumb through, and a slew of treatment options. Feeling adventurous? Try the ancient practice of cupping—placing silicone suction cups on the skin to improve circulation and skin health—or the Be Calm CBD, which employs a CBD treatment concentrate and hemp-oil blends. // 1590 Capital One Drive, Tysons. Price range: $132 (60-minute Be Well massage) – $262 (90-minute Renew massage)
This Best of Arlington 2022 winner for Best Spa in Clarendon, which has locations in Sterling and Alexandria as well, sees roughly 2,000 clients per month and features more than a dozen massage options, as well as waxing, facials and body treatments. Opt for a traditional Thai massage or try a Shirodhara massage, an Ayurvedic technique in which warm oils are continuously poured over the forehead. // 925 N. Garfield St. E, Arlington (Clarendon). Price range: $60 (30-minute, select massages) – $269 (120-minute Shirodhara massage)
At this wellness center in Ballston, you can find an assortment of resources that emphasize healing, from acupuncture to life coaching. Massages and body treatments are customizable and priced based on duration, rather than the technique. Options include deep-tissue, Swedish and neuromuscular massage, as well as shiatsu. // 4001 9th St. N #230, Arlington (Ballston). Price range: $95 (45-minute session) – $230 (two-hour session)