Find relief in spa experience

5481 Wisconsin Ave.

The ultimate in spa experiences, one can enter Hela in the morning and not leave until the sun goes down.

Dr. Sung Up Hong, a third-generation acupuncturist, has more than 10 years of experience and is eager to share his craft with potential clients. “Many chronic conditions are treated with acupuncture and massage,” Hong said. “Acupuncture is also about pain and stress management.”

In addition to acupuncture, Hela offers traditional Swedish and acupressure massages and unique treatments like back facials and medical-grade body peels. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, give the Thai massage a try. It’s typically done on the floor without the use of oils.

Alison Gregg, massage therapy director, has been practicing massage therapy for more than 15 years. She integrates neuromuscular therapy, acupressure and Swedish massage to bring balance and deep relaxation to the body.

“I came here from Santa Fe and now love Hela,” Gregg said.

While you’re getting your body treatment, consider a haircut with new master stylist Shae Paye. The West Coast import’s old clients include Tony Fadell, the inventor of the iPod, and Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of Google.

More information on Hela can be found at

Potomac Massage Training Institute

5028 Wisconsin Ave.

If you’re in need of strictly a massage at reasonable prices, visit the Potomac Massage Training Institute. The clinic has three separate levels of massage: student, graduate and professional.

The student rates are $37, perfect for young Hill staffers who are looking to relax for an economical price. 

PMTI is the only massage school in the D.C. metro area. It’s been around for 34 years and has continued to see growth in interest with each new class. Also, PMTI is the only nonprofit massage school on the East Coast.

Keep in mind, if you do go for a student rate, the massages are typically observed by teachers and students through a door. If that aspect doesn’t sit well, consider a graduate massage for $55 or professional work for $80.

PMTI’s website is www.pmti


Aveda Bethesda

4807 Bethesda Ave.

Most are familiar with the Aveda brand, but this branch calls itself the “premiere Maryland salon and spa.”

Nestled in a cozy stretch of the downtown Bethesda neighborhood, Aveda sits across from Georgetown Cupcake and next to Bethesda Bagels.

“We are very involved in our community,” said Marjie Livingstone, co-owner of Aveda.

Aveda is constantly donating packages and services to various community organizations, Livingstone added. The salon and spa is also planning on partnering with the Wounded Warriors project later this season. Wounded Warriors provides programs and services to severely injured service members after their active duty has ended, according to

When you’re at Aveda, try the new hydrotherm massage, which features warm, water-filled cushions cradling your body. The technique is said to ease strain on muscles, and you don’t have to turn over or put your face into cradles. The hydrotherm massage will set you back $135.

For more information on Aveda, visit

Linda Miyoshi, 


4829 West Lane 


Linda Miyoshi has been a practicing acupuncturist for more than a dozen years. Her Bethesda practice, initially a bit hard to find, is so set back from the chaos of the urban area Bethesda has become, you almost feel as if you’ve been transported to China, where Miyoshi completed her studies in the field.

Miyoshi utilizes herbal treatment and homeopathy in addition to acupuncture, and believes that the process of detoxification is an important part of health treatment. She is a proponent of ionic foot detoxification baths, which are meant to remove the body’s toxins by generating a mix of positive and negative ions that are attach themselves to oppositely charged impurities and eliminate them through the pores of the feet. The bath water turns colors as the process is completed.

“See that brown?” Miyoshi said. “Your joints are being cleansed.”

Miyoshi specializes in working with people who have various neurological problems like multiple sclerosis and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as well as general pain issues like back pain, shoulder pain and headaches.

For more information on Miyoshi, visit www.acufinder