The tiny Spa at the Jefferson, lined in mother-of-pearl, makes up for its two-treatment-room size with surprising therapy prowess. The 90-minute Jefferson Ultimate Bliss proved blissful thanks to Francis Bud Earley. The bodywork polymath, with 36 years of experience, certainly contributed to my life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Bud was trained as a Rolfer, partly by Dr. Rolf herself, and later as a therapeutic massage therapist, specializing in treating chronic pain. So he was able to gently help a hamstring injury, more vigorously undo copious shoulder knots, and provide a hard-to-find cranial-sacral head massage as a finale. A bag of tricks like his is rare, and because most of the massages on the menu are customized to the guest, its also a necessity. Other popular treatments include the Darphin Divine 8 Flower Ultimate Anti-Aging Facials, and body treatments with the natural Red Flower line that makes use of a private steam shower.
Pair these with the spas coddling service touchesall treatments start with a healthy amuse bouche and a small smoothie in your guest room before youre led to the spaand you can understand why appointments can be hard to come by, particularly when Congress is in. A wonderful recourse besides early booking? Securing the Spa Suite for your stay. Its a king-bed guest room that connects through a door to a couples treatment room with its own steam room and soaking tub, so the therapists come to you. Another rarity.