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'Tis The Season For Self-Care

By: Jennifer Waldera for Haymarket/Gainesville Lifestyle Magazine, December 2023.

At the spa that gives back to the community

The holiday season often leaves us feeling drained, both physically and emotionally. As we hustle and bustle through the festivities and responsibilities, it's easy to forget the importance of self-care. However, tucked away in Gainesville, is a haven that beckons you to rejuvenate and rediscover the art of self-care: Woodhouse Spa.

Woodhouse Spa’s mission is rooted in giving back to the community and spreading awareness about self-care. Married co-owners Colleen Quintana and Walt Kuhn believe that self-care should be a priority in everyone's life, but it's often neglected in a fast-paced world.

Woodhouse Spa is not just for a select few. Its offerings cater to a wide range of individuals, including veterans, military personnel, first responders, and athletes, among others. The spa's services, from massages to facial regimens, offer a unique blend of relaxation and rejuvenation that benefits everyone. “It's a place where you can find tranquility,” said Quintana, “whether you're seeking a staycation or just a few hours to unwind and recharge.”

The choice of Gainesville as the spa's location was a deliberate one. Walt and Colleen, who live in Haymarket, have been a part of this community for years. They were drawn to the small-town feel, the stunning landscape dotted with farms, and the tight-knit community that makes this region unique. Woodhouse Spa's involvement in the community extends beyond its walls. They support the Willing Warriors retreat, offering complimentary massages to warriors and their loved ones. In addition to this, all active-duty personnel and veterans receive a discount on any service as a token of appreciation for their sacrifices.

The spa has also shown its commitment to various community causes. They've donated to schools in Prince William County and Fauquier, participated in events like the annual Santa Claus visit where ticket sales contribute to the local humane society, and organized drives for essentials like clothing and toys for children.

Inside the spa, guests are welcomed to an oasis of relaxation. The spa's relaxation room, private suites, and extensive 7,000 square-foot space allow guests to escape from the world and unwind. Their signature relaxation room, complete with plush robes, sandals, and lockers, is a space where time stands still. Visitors can enjoy a glass of champagne and even indulge in a charcuterie board, offering a perfect pairing to their spa experience.

“It was a glorious couple of hours at Woodhouse Spa,” said Keysha Williams of Nokesville. “I don’t do it often, but it was nice to have a little self care and attempt to shut my brain off for a little while.”

As they look ahead, Quintana and Kuhn are considering extending the spa’s hours and opening seven days a week to accommodate guests with different schedules. They want to ensure that relaxation and self-care are accessible to as many people as possible.

What makes Woodhouse Spa truly special is its dedication to making everyone feel welcome. Regardless of age or background, the spa is a place where anyone can find solace, whether it's athletes recovering from injuries, individuals seeking relaxation, or those in need of therapeutic care. The spa's warm and inviting environment ensures that everyone can embrace the joy of self-care.

Woodhouse Spa is more than just a place for massages and facials; it's a sanctuary of rejuvenation and self-care. In a world that often moves too fast, it's a reminder that taking time for yourself is not a luxury but a necessity. Quintana and Kuhn encourage everyone to embrace self-care saying, “It should be a priority in your life, but so many of us don’t make time for it. When we take care of ourselves, we can take better care of others.”

Photos by: Austin Kaseman

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