Lavender Retreat Wellness Club

A Unique Approach to Bodywork Services

A tranquil skin care room.

I knew I was at the right place on Pennsylvania Ave., SE by the color of the paint on the townhouse – gentle hues of purple and green. Inside Lavender Retreat is just what its name suggests – a place affording peace and quiet. Owner Jaime Bohl completely gutted a formerly worn-down townhouse and spent eight months renovating the space. Jaime has created a sanctuary on Capitol Hill, rooms filled with relaxing colors of mauve, soft green and violet, interesting artwork, gentle music and soothing yet subtle aromas that stimulate one’s senses.

“When you walk inside Lavender Retreat I want you to walk away from all the noise in your daily life. I want a place where you can re-energize, find balance and listen to yourself,” said Jaime. “We all need a space to be able to feel who we are.” She said Lavender Retreat offers more than just a massage or facial. “You can get a good massage at a gym, but we offer a total sensory experience that promotes a lifestyle of balance. I want to give people a safe place to come in and rest.”

Jaime grew up in Korea where she learned how to balance her energy through bodywork. Massage as a healing tool is an intrinsic part of the Korean culture. She said when she was going through a stressful time in her life she searched for a way to feel better. “I went back to tradition – massage.” She said she found a business that offered a package of massages, but “that’s all it was – an adequate massage.” She thought, “I could do this better.”

She opened her first Lavender Retreat Wellness Club in 2011 in Lake Ridge VA, but because she lives on the Hill, she wanted a business to serve the community in which she lives.

How Lavender Retreat Membership Works

Lavender Retreat provides a convenient way to incorporate bodywork regularly into your life. Services include massage, (Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, sports, pre-natal; hand massage, foot scrub reflexology, scalp massage, facial waxing, nutrition counseling, microdermabrasion, acupuncture and several types of facials. You can receive a one-time service, but there are advantages to becoming a member. Membership involves making a commitment to one or two treatments a months for a year at a discounted rate of about 22%. There is no sign-up fee and no membership fee. Membership is open to individual members and corporate groups. There is no cancellation fee after six months. Sessions may be gifted or saved.

Besides the discount, the major advantage of becoming a member is that you commit to making yourself and your health and your mental relaxation a priority.

Benefits of Regular Bodywork

Many look upon getting bodywork done (massage, facial, reflexology, acupuncture) as a luxury. We get a massage occasionally and consider it an expensive treat. Yet, bodywork is no more expensive than a dinner and a movie. It is cheaper than most theater tickets!

We all want to stay healthy and feel good until the day we die. According to Body Sense magazine, evidence shows that the more massages you have the better you will feel. Experts estimate that 80 to 90 percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Bodywork can counteract the negative effects of stress and these benefits are increased by regular sessions.

Massage has been proven to increase circulation, stimulate the flow of lymph (the body’s natural defense system) against toxic invaders; relax and soften injured and overused muscles; increase joint flexibility; release endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller; improve range of motion, improve sleep and decrease low back pain. It has also been found to relieve pain of migraines. Just a five minute hand massage has been shown to reduce cortisol levels.

Massage is increasingly offered along with traditional western medical treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations. Searching for disease in one’s body is one approach to being healthy. Helping to prevent mental and physical disease from taking hold through regular bodywork can make those annual checkups more positive. And isn’t just relaxing and taking care of yourself worth doing?

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Pattie Cinelli is a fitness professional who specializes in weight loss, pre-post natal exercise, core, strength and balance training and yoga and Pilates. She has been writing her health and fitness column for more than 20 years. To contact her email: