State of the Face: Parma Spa

Parma Spa

Between my full-time job, blogging and attending a bevy of events, it’s rare to take some time out of the day to focus on… well, me. Recently, I received an invite to experience a massage at Parma Spa, and it didn’t take me long to say yes. I know, tough life for a beauty blogger!

I was immediately greeted by the receptionist who had me fill out a small questionnaire pertaining to my massage preferences (like focus areas, concerns, etc.) before I experienced an Ayurvedic (a traditional Indian science of holistic medicine) massage treatment. The stress that amounted my work week seemed to instantly melt away as I mentally escaped during my 60-minute massage. I later learned the Ayurvedic massage is meant for rejuvenating the body’s entire system, toning muscles and relaxing the mind (as well as other essentials like relieving fatigue and enhancing the overall complexion of the skin).

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m insanely awkward when it comes to experiencing the process of a spa treatment (like from the minute I undress to the end of my massage). I’m quite sure how to best describe my massage other than through the thought process that took place, which went something like this…

I love spa robes. Why haven’t I invested in a robe? I wonder if this will be an awkward massage… Oh, that feels good… it’s the perfect amount of pressure… Shoot, I forgot to shave my legs… will she notice?… I won’t giggle while she massages my feet, don’t laugh Kara, don’t laugh!…OK I giggled… these oils smell amazzzz… Zzzzz

And that dear readers, is exactly what I was thinking before I entered a well-deserved snooze-fest.

Following my massage, Dr. Afsheen Ather gave me a tour of their two-level space, featuring a bevy of massage and skin therapy rooms (like for facials, botox and IPL rejuvenation laser treatments). Consider it a one-stop-shop for all your skin and spa luxuries necessities.

And as a gift to my readers, Parma Spa is offering 30% off any of their services when you mention Politics of Pretty. Enjoy, and let me know what you get!

Parma Spa, 8212 Old Courthouse Rd., Vienna, 703-506-8401;