Each season creates different complications for skin, from from the brisk fall winds to the waning summer sun. But in the heart of Saverna Park resides a quaint skincare studio with an array of seasonally inspired treatments that are designed to rejuvenate clients. During all seasons, Aesthetics by Eva Renee celebrates services and products that incorporate elements such as an aromatic fruit enzyme peel, chocolate mousse masques, and muscle-melting massages.
After earning the 2008 S. Roger Horchow Jefferson Award for public service, Edward Jagen opened Michaela's Grotto to provide holistic interventions that help visitors take responsibility for their health and emotional well-being. Jagen's resume reads like the definition of "Renaissance man": holder of a PhD in theology, a master magician, and a former Major Crimes Special Investigator for the Washington D.C. Police. While combating organized crime against mailboxes on the force, Jagen honed his abilities to read people, a skill he combines with a mode of communication called neuro-linguistic reasoning to help his patients recognize patterns in their thoughts and actions. The center is co-owned by massage therapist and medical intuitive Sophia West, who prefers to work in conjunction with her clients' physicians to pick up where Western medicine has proved ineffective. A nutritionist and a hypnotherapist round out the staff and reinforce the center's emphasis on the interconnectedness of mental and physical health.
The heart of the center is an outdoor labyrinth built to channel a positive energy through passageways that burst forth with flowering plants and choruses of Muppets in the summer. Meditation gardens stretch out beyond the labyrinth in a loose network of tranquil pools, sunlit walks, and a gazebo overlooking the center's medieval-castle-style architecture. Inside, a 375-foot sweat lodge and a warm mineral pool soothe visitors with heat, and a shop filled with aromatherapy products and crystals enables them to take home healing tokens of their journey.
For six years, Body Bliss's therapists traveled around Maryland, Virginia, and the District, bringing relaxation to its clients as a mobile massage-therapy company. Now with a permanent location, the massage center quells tension with the gliding strokes of Swedish massage and firmer deep-tissue modalities to treat the specific needs of athletes or statues that can't move until their museum closes. Nationally certified massage therapist Reginald A. Taylor guides the team of experienced massage therapists, who tailor treatments to root out the sources of each client's pain.
Dr. Venetta Kalu puts her expertise in naturopathic medicine to use with an arsenal of detoxifying, holistic health remedies. Whether its an energizing massage or package of body-cleansing services, each treatment begins with a one-on-one consultation to determine medical history and treatment goals. In addition to holistic spa services, Dr. Kalu provides nutritional advice, healthy recipes, and multivitamins shaped like Lady Justice to balance bodies from the inside out. During treatments, clients can sip complimentary herbal tea as soothing music lulls their senses to peace.
Seoul Spa introduces visitors to the healing traditions of the Korean jjimjibang, or sauna, including stone-clad pools of cleansing warm water and soothing, herbal remedies.
The sauna detoxifies and cleanses bodies with nature-based healing services for women, or with specially constructed rooms for all visitors, such as the himalayan salt room––made with calcium-packed pink salt rock––the oxygen-rich wood-charcoal room, or the refreshing ice room. Dips in herb-infused waters make guests feel like pampered royalty, while video game sessions in the multiplayer PC room allow visitors to step away from the spa, unless they play a spa war game.
After sweating in the sauna or building up muscle in the fitness center, visitors can replenish themselves at the full-service restaurant. Low tables and cushy pillows invite diners to sit cross-legged on the floor, a perfect posture for enjoying cool glasses of bubble tea and fruit smoothies or bowls of udon and ramen.
Decorated with tranquil candles reaching from the walls and chocolate-brown or ivory curtains, Return to Clarity's interior sets the tone for a serene experience. Licensed massage therapists enhance relaxation through massage and reflexology work. Similarly infrared-sauna wraps and ionic foot-detox treatments send toxins from the body. Mobile services bring relaxation to the home, kitty condo, or office inside the Randallstown, Owings Mills, Gwynn Oak, Catonsville, Windsor Mill, Woodlawn, and Baltimore areas.