Alexandria is a popular weekend escape for history buffs, art lovers, and foodies from Washington D.C. and neighboring areas. It’s also the perfect place to take a restorative break for stress recovery. Whether you’re planning a full retreat for yourself or a family trip with a little self-care built in, you have lots of options. Alexandria invites visitors to restore, rejuvenate, and relax with massage, yoga classes, Reiki, and more.
Massage is often the first step in letting go of stress and embracing relaxation. Alexandria offers dozens of massage therapy locations, and if you’re staying in the Old Town area you’ll have access to several of the city’s favorite therapists. Malee Thai Massage & Bodywork offers Eastern techniques to manipulate your limbs and release tension from your body. If you prefer a Swedish or hot stone massage, make an appointment with Alexandria Massage Therapy or Old Town Massage Center. All three locations get top marks from locals and visitors alike.
After your massage, take time to turn your attention inward with a class at one of Alexandria’s many yoga studios. Old Town boasts seven different yoga studios, with classes that include Kundalini, hot yoga, acro-yoga, and prenatal yoga. Check out this guide to the Alexandria studios to find the class that’s perfect for you. A “class pass” program will let you try out three participating classes for just $19 or six for $29, so you can enjoy a different class each day of your retreat.
Reiki and Intuitive Healing
If you’re interested in trying out energetic therapies, you have several options. Four Directions Wellness offers reiki, integrative reflexology, chakra healing, and guided meditation sessions as well as health and spiritual coaching. The Your Life Energy Holistic Center is a day spa that offers yoga, reiki, facials, crystal healing, and more.
If you want to schedule a full spa day for yourself, you’ll find options all over Alexandria. Some of the most popular include the Fountains Day Spa, Aida Spa, Sugar House Day Spa and Salon, or the Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa. They all offer packages that include massage, facials, and various special options like hydrotherapy, waxing, and more. The best way to find the right spa for you is to decide what services you’d like and then call around to see who has the best package deal to suit your needs.
If you feel like you’re in need of a more clinical solution, check out the wellness programs at Inova Hospital. They offer everything from a half-day “Restore, Relax, Renew” program that teaches you self-care techniques like meditation to a 10-day clean eating cleanse program. If you’re attending a multi-day program at Inova, you’ll find plenty of great hotels nearby.
Alexandria is a great place to relax and unwind for a few days or a week. Choose massage, yoga, healing practices, or a traditional day spa and build your own program to relax and restore your sense of well-being. You’ll return from your vacation well-rested, centered, and ready to face the demands of life with a new energy.