- The Washington Times - Monday, May 15, 2017


I’ve had back problems since 2007, when, not long after running the Santa Clarita Marathon, I was subjected to daily pains throughout the lower right portion of my sacrum. I later learned that I had two disc herniations as well as an early form of arthritis.

Fast forward a decade, and my left side started acting up too, to the point that the gluteus on my left side was incredibly tight and extremely painful. No matter what I tried —stretching, Advil or using lacrosse balls on the floor as I rolled back and forth over them — the pain remained.

Thankfully, the MGM National Harbor’s Spa and Salon offers a “Double Your Pleasure” massage treatment, wherein two therapists work in tandem to work out the kinks of a body in pain — or, in my case, perpetual pain.

MGM National Harbor has partnered with Clarins, the French cosmetic company, to integrate aromatherapy into the spa treatments at the casino located on the banks of the Potomac. Each massage option has an accompanying Clarins product for maximal relaxation and restore “balance” in a world that is often so stressful.


Attached is a menu of treatments that are hands-on and technique-driven, based onClarins’ practices. I would love to work together in building out a bigger story or spotlight onThe Clarins Spa as well as Clarins’ newest product launches.

I am escorted into the lovely facility, which has a pleasant, welcoming atmosphere and incredibly friendly staff. I’m directed to my own locker in the men’s room, and change out of those nasty “street” clothes and into a robe that absolutely hugs my skin. In the lounge I enjoy a book of vintage photos of D.C. until my therapist, all smiles, greets me and walks me into the treatment room.

With myself underneath the blanket, the duo began working out both my upper back and lower back issues in tandem. My brain fought to keep me chill, as well as to just go with the pain — the good kind — zapping through the problem areas of my lower body.

These masseuses, however, are absolute wizards. Not only are they relaxing my lower body — my traditional “problem” area — they are also working out the strains on my upper back, where I tend to carry much of the stress that is the accompaniment of a life in the writing trenches.

I often fall asleep during massages, but not this time, which, honestly, is fine. The stimulation of multiple hands working out the problem areas keeps me awake — as do the aromas used as part of the massage — but thoroughly, thoroughly relaxed.

It seems criminal that an hour passes as briskly as it does, but my therapists say to take my time getting up from the table, which I positively do not wish to vacate.

Heading back into the men’s locker rooms, I make sure to take advantage of the hot tub, steam room, dry sauna as well as choice showers provided for guests so as to wash off the oils of the treatment.

Hair combed, back in work clothes, I exhale a sigh of pleasant relief.

I’m happy — actually, ecstatic — to report that not only was my lower-left side feeling much better, but that the progress has remained in the days since. Mind you, this pain on my life side was there for months and with just this one treatment, I left feeling a new man.

You too can treat yourself to such a rejuvenation — and don’t forget to tip your masseuses. The treatments and Clarins options available can be found at MGMNationalHarbor.com


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