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Great Spas 2011: Best for Zen Seekers

Holistic healing with a granola feel

The Still Point wins our pick for the area's best holistic spa for its mix of traditional treatments and holistic healing. Photograph courtesy of Still Point

Blue Heron Wellness
10723-B Columbia Pike, Silver Spring; 301-754-3730

The relaxation room at this spa and yoga studio says it all: Instead of copies of Vogue or Us Weekly, it’s strewn with handwritten journals filled with meditative quotes.

The clean but bare-bones place probably won’t appeal to those looking for luxury, but if you’re okay with not having a plush robe or elegantly appointed treatment room, you can get an excellent massage. Sherry Weber, our massage therapist, was warm and friendly, listening intently to our talk about aches and pains. It paid off: Her mix of myofascial and Swedish massage left us feeling floaty.

First-timers get 10 percent off their 60- or 90-minute massage.

Bottom line:
Budget-friendly, good-quality treatments with a granola feel.


The Still Point

1 Columbia Ave., Takoma Park; 301-920-0801

The Still Point is a great choice for spa-goers who not only are seeking such traditional treatments as facials and massages but who may also like a touch of holistic healing such as acupuncture and energy work.

We love the facials ($90 and up), which involve ingredients including local honey, glacial mud, herbs, and Combat-Ready Balm. Owner Tori Paide has drawn raves for her fertility-treatment acupuncture.

Post-treatment, guests can relax on the spa’s sunny porch with a cup of tea. A boutique offers a carefully curated assortment of jewelry in addition to organic spa products.

Bottom line: Our pick for the area’s top holistic spa.

This article appears in the July 2011 issue of The Washingtonian. 

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.