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Downtown businesses to hold first Spa & Wellness Week

Dragonfly Yoga Studio is participating in the first Fredericksburg Spa & Wellness Weekend. (Kevin Morrow/The Free Lance-Star)

Dragonfly Yoga Studio is participating in the first Fredericksburg Spa & Wellness Weekend. (Kevin Morrow/The Free Lance-Star)

Looking for a unique Mother’s Day gift?

How about giving her a chance to explore an exercise class or relax with a massage in downtown Fredericksburg? And you won’t even have to pay full price.

More than two dozen businesses and wellness practitioners in and around downtown have joined forces to offer special deals during the first Fredericksburg Spa & Wellness Week, May 4–10.

Like the city’s popular Restaurant Week, it’s designed to help them attract new customers and, hopefully, increase their client base, said Karen Hedelt, director of the City’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism.

It’s also timed as a run-up to Mother’s Day “as a possible gift for mothers who might just need a massage or a Zen experience,” she said.

Offerings will be either $25 or $50, and will include everything from yoga to fitness classes, life coaching to nutritional counseling, beauty and nail treatments to various types of massage, and such holistic practices as Reiki and feng shui.

A list of participating businesses and their packages is available at visitfred .com. At Bodyworks Downtown Athletic Club, for example, the 25-year-old gym at 1027 Caroline St. will be offering a one-month membership or enrollment for a single membership for $25 and one hour of personal training for $50.

Over at Liz’z Creative Juices, a raw and living foods juice bar and café at 915 Lafayette Blvd., people can get a “Spa Week Meal & More” plus $5 credit to its Healthy Happy Hour for $25, and a one-hour nutritional therapy consultation for $50. They can also pay $50 for a gift card offering either the consultation or $79 off a Liz’z Creative Juices seminar.

And The Center for Health & Wellbeing at 914 Caroline St. is offering a one-on-one session with life coach Beth Craig for $50.

Fredericksburg is already a destination for people interested in health and fitness. Witness the popularity of the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon, which will be held for the seventh time in Fredericksburg this May 18.

People also flock here to enjoy a variety of water sports on the Rappahannock River, and nice days bring locals out in droves to walk and bike along the Rappahannock Canal Path and Rappahannock River Heritage Trail.

Now downtown is becoming a place where people can recharge their batteries through exercise or relax with a spa treatment as well as dine at restaurants and shop at locally owned retail stores.

Take Skin + Touch Therapy, for example. It recently moved from a two-room space on Princess Anne Street into a 2,500-square-foot building at 714 Caroline St. where it offers massage, facials and private yoga instruction.

“We take well-being seriously in Fredericksburg, and a lot of elements of life in this city—the beauty of the Rappahannock River, appreciation for the artistry in different architectural styles, the walkability of the community—are great complements to what our businesses do,” said owner Brian Lam. “We want Spa & Wellness Week to be a chance for people to come here to be refreshed, and to learn about how regular wellness practices can enhance their health all year long.”

Cathy Jett: 540/374-5407