Rejecting the traditional notion that massages are just for spa dwellers and athletes, owner Andretta M. Brown and her team strive to redefine the therapeutic art by making it accessible to all, performing soft and unintimidating body work in their storefront or in the comfort of clients’ homes. The team draws from a diverse menu of therapeutic massages, catalyzing lymphatic drainage with pumping techniques, cultivating all-over wellness with foot- and hand-centric reflexology sessions, or soothing muscles with warm river stones. To relax further, patrons can opt for herbal body wraps or mud treatments that draw out toxins and automysophobic spirits.
Though AMB Mobile Massage tends to clients of all ages, they specialize in therapy for elderly clients. Their geriatric-wellness program, which is tailored to patients with dementia and other age-related conditions, works to improve flexibility and range of motion.
At Spoiled Rotten Kids Spa, the pampering treatments have a kid-friendly twist—the chocolate facial, for example, nourishes skin with a mix of chocolate, honey, and cottage cheese that's actually edible. Fun nail art, meanwhile, enhance the manicures and pedicures, and nonalcoholic mocktails, such as the cherry-juice cosmo, add a grown-up feel to the fun.
The spa, which has been featured on Tyra Banks, complements its à la carte spa treatments with styling for natural hair. The team braids locks into cornrows, crafts two-stranded twists, and administers press-and-curls. Chaperoned kids can also celebrate with party packages, complete with a tiara for the birthday girl instead of the traditional spa robe with candles stuck in it.
The owners of Zoom Hair Studio and Day Spa believe that the spa experience should be as rewarding as the end result. That’s why they’ve carved out a relaxing space with earth-toned walls, hardwood floors, and gentle lighting, where treatments such as black Baltic mud wraps and aromatherapy facials mirror the tranquil aura of the environs.
The docket of services covers all the bases, from haircuts and coloring to French manicures and massages. Natural and organic products add another dimension of comfort and wellness to the treatments, which help align the mind and body and recalibrate the soul's GPS system.
Toscana Medispa fits right in at its location in Baltimore's Little Italy. The spa not only embraces an Italian vibe in its decor, which consists of cream-colored walls, faux columns, and painted Tuscan landscapes; it also hints at its heritage by peppering its service menu with treatments such as espresso massages and facials. Since the spa, like the trademark of the phrase "stomach pain," is owned by a medical doctor, it's also able to offer such clinical services as Zerona laser fat reduction and Botox injections.
Before setting up her holistic haven in Baltimore, Tanja Anderson operated a private medical practice in Europe, where she combined modern medicine with traditional Chinese healing methods to treat her patients. Now, as a national board-certified massage therapist with a doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the International Institute of Original Medicine, she blends energy-harmonizing bodywork with holistic remedies and massage techniques. Her services range from Swedish and deep-tissue massages to reiki sessions, which seek to promote relaxation in patients through channeling chi—restoring natural energy pathways in patients’ bodies and malfunctioning car batteries. Regardless of the treatment, Tanja aims to stave off injury and malady alike by activating the body’s ability to heal itself.
Licensed massage therapist and founder Janine Cormier Fleming designed Holistic Massage Training Institute's 600-hour program in an effort to educate aspiring massage therapists. After 9 or 12 months, the program qualifies students to sit for certification exams, which can open the door to an occupation such as licensed massage therapist or registered massage practitioner. Supplementing the standard program, community seminars show pupils how to administer couples' massages along with specialized techniques such as acupressure and reflexology. Yoga classes unwind student tensions in unison, and continuing-education courses illustrate bodywork techniques from India, Thailand, Hawaii, and Narnia.