Spa time for the girls
For Christmas, I went to visit family in Washington, D.C. I had so much fun as usual. The day after Christmas, my girlfriends and I decided to spend some much needed girl time at the Spa. I was really looking forward to it. After driving to California a couple of weeks before and making the trip to D.C., I needed some relaxation and spa time. My back felt like knots. Also, I ate mostly raw during the Thanksgiving holiday. But for Christmas, I definitely overdid it on the sweet and savory foods. My body was screaming for a detox.
So here we were. 7 p.m. on a Saturday desiring to go to the Spa. We drove to Centreville, Virginia. It took us about 35-40 minutes to get there from N.W. D.C.
If 7 p.m. seems too late to go to a spa, than you’ve never been to a 24 hour Korean style spa. Yes, 24 hours! We have a similar spa right outside of Atlanta called Je Ju Sauna. It is quite a paradise.
Arriving at the Spa
So we arrive at Spa World. There’s plenty of parking although there are a lot of people here. I usually prefer to go late because there aren’t as many people so you get to experience the tranquility of the spa. However, we have hubbies, babies, and babysitters waiting on us, so we have to squeeze in the time while we have it.
When you first walk in, you have to pay first. The cost is $35 and you can stay up to 23 hours. Amazing – right? And they take all forms of payment including credit cards. So we pay and they hand us our locker keys and a spa uniform. One cool thing about the locker key is it also doubles as your payment method at the restaurant.
The next step is to head toward the locker room. Each person’s key goes to two different lockers. The first locker is for our shoes. There are no shoes allowed once you enter the locker room. I have the same policy in my house so this is no problem for me. Everything seems to be kept pretty clean. To find your locker, you just match the number on the key to the locker number and voila. I had 2242 this time around.
In numerology, this would be a 10 (2+2+4+2=10), which is the number of completion. Funny! That’s exactly how I expect to feel when this spa experience is over — completely relaxed!
The second locker is inside the women’s locker room and it’s for our clothes. Everyone must wear the uniform that’s provided by the spa. It’s not the chicest thing in the world. Just shorts and a t-shirt. But it’s comfortable.
Here’s my before & after.
One thing you may want to know at this point. The spa is separated into three different parts. There are the male and female locker rooms, which each have bade pools. And then there’s the coed sauna rooms.
In the bade pools, everyone’s naked. If you’re America, you may think this is very strange. But it is a family environment. Try to understand that nudity does not always mean sex, especially in other countries. There are children and grandmas here. No one’s looking at you. Just get naked and enjoy the spa experience.
We forgot to mention this nudity part to one of our friends and she was quite shocked! However, once she got over the initial shock, she got naked, jumped in a pool and felt right at home.
So when you change your clothes and put them in the locker, the nudity begins. lol! So you’ll see lots of other women walking around the locker room naked. You could go into the bathroom to change if it’s that serious to you. If you do that, then just avoid the bade area altogether and go straight to the coed saunas or poultice rooms as they call them. In the coed portion, you are dressed the entire time.
Because of the nudity, I was not able to take photos. of the bade pool, but check out Spa World’s website to see it. It’s beautiful! And very large. We had to take a shower before enjoying the pool. There are different sections in the pool where water pressure is massaging different parts of your body. So there’s a section for shoulder and back massage. I didn’t intend to get my hair wet, but couldn’t resist a nice shoulder massage. There’s a section for thighs and legs. And there’s a section for feet. Oooh feet! That was my favorite part.
After enjoying the bade pool for over an hour, we jumped into the hot tubs and ice pool. The hot tubs were heavenly, but the ice pool was torture. However, I do the ice pool for the health benefits. In hydrotherapy, there’s a thing called a sitz bath. This is when you alternate soaking in hot and cold water from the hip down and it has numerous benefits, including the following:
- digestive issues
- detoxing the entire body
- increasing circulation
- uterine cramps
- prostate problems
- vaginal issues
- most abdomen related ailments
So even though the ice bath is hard to get into, I think it’s worth it. I usually alternate 3 minutes in hot and 1 minute in cold (or as long as I can stand it). I repeat this 3 times, always ending in cold. The cold is only painful for the first few seconds and then amazingly, it gets better and you don’t really feel it. The hardest part is getting in.
After a round of sitz baths, I get in the steam room. This was a serious steam room! You can barely see because of all of the steam. But it does wonders for my skin and hair. I stayed in the steam room for about 15 minutes. It was all I could take. While I was in there, I meditated to take my mind off of the steam. I silently chanted since there were other people in there.
One of my friends was celebrating her birthday at the spa so she went all out. She decided to get a deluxe spa treatment that included a massage, body scrub, and facial. While she was receiving her service, I decided to treat myself to a do-it-yourself facial. I bought a charcoal face mask. It didn’t cost much. I don’t remember the exact price, but it was about $1-$2.
It was simple to apply. There was a cloth inside the packet soaked in the charcoal solution. I applied the cloth to my face, per the instructions. I just had to leave it on for 15 minutes. See my pic below.
When I took it off, my face was moisturized and glowing. That was $1-$2 well spent!
When my girlfriend finished her services, she looked amazing! Her skin was so soft and her shoulders had dropped down — a sure sign that someone has just released some serious tension.
After all of the water activities, we were hungry! So we headed to the coed part of the spa and ordered some food at the restaurant.
The restaurant had a lot of traditional asia and korean food. From fried rice to kimchi soup. I ordered the Spicy Tofu Soup. My throat was feeling a little scratchy the day before so I ordered something spicy to boost my immune system and prevent me from getting a full-fledged cold or flu.
The soup came with a side of rice and small dishes including seaweed and kimchi. It was delicious. It did have a little too much tofu in it for me so I just ate around some of it. Also, I wish they served fresh, organic juices like apples, beets, and greens. This would really add to the health benefits of the spa.
We ate fast because we were anxious to go to the saunas. Spa World has 7 saunas or poultice rooms. They include:
- Amethyst Gem
- Red Clay
- Blue Onyx
- Red Clay Ball
- Rock Salt
We spent at least 15 minutes in each room. All except for the ice room. I had enough cold for one day! So I avoided the ice room. All of the other rooms were really nice. And they were hot! Each Room had a sign outside of it describing the benefits of the room. This sign is outside of the rock salt room.
To read the descriptions of all of the rooms and their benefits, click here.
The best poultice room
My favorite room was the Red Clay Ball Room. It was beautiful and the perfect temperature — hot — just how I like it. It also have these little clay balls on the floor. It was a little uncomfortable to walk on, but once we sat down, it was awesome!
While we were in this room, one of my friends felt a little light headed so she left to go lay down. It’s important when enjoying the rooms that you listen to your body. If the heat is starting to get to you, you feel dizzy, or your body is detoxing too fast, then don’t force yourself. You are still reaping the benefits even if u have to take a break or stop earlier than you expected. The spa experience is all about self care. Also, be sure to drink water in between each room. There are water coolers everywhere. I like to drink about 3-4 cups of water in between each room. Cause you’re sweating a lot, you want to be sure not to get dehydrated.
My friend decided she was finished for the day. So we did one more room, the beautiful amethyst room, and then got ready to go. The amethyst room is aesthetically the most appealing and the crystals certainly make you feel calm and more inwardly connected.
Leaving the spa
Once we finished the last room, we took showers and got dressed. During the check out, we handed in our keys and paid for any additional charges like the food.
Overall, it was a fantastic experience. We spent $35 for 5 hours of relaxation. You can’t beat that! It was amazing and I will definitely be back during my visits to D.C.
The winter is my favorite time to visit the spa. It’s so cold outside, it’s nice to be able to soak in some heat.
I also loved hanging with my girlfriends. We’ve known each other since the 8th grade. As we get older and have families and live in different parts of the country, it’s harder to carve out time for just the four of us. So this was a nice respite from our daily, grownup lives.
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