Fonghsien Lu Chang's holistic medical training has taken her from Taiwan and China to the Mid-Atlantic, where she performs acupuncture and acupressure treatments on aching and ailing bodies. She supplements many of her needling and kneading therapies with traditional Chinese herbal regimens and specializes in treating concerns such as hormonal imbalances, weight loss, and acute cases of cooties. Electro-therapy treatments help manage certain types of pain, and reflexology sessions home in on specific points on the soles.
Sanitize 4 Serenity's mission is to oust dust mites, and allergens from the home using only natural cleaning products that are safe for children and pets. To sanitize mattresses, upholstery, stuffed toys, and carpets, techs shine germicidal UV lamps to kill bacteria, or employ black lights to reveal any stains or jellyfish hiding in couch cushions. From there, they spray natural solutions rich with enzymes that eat and destroy any remaining bacteria, and may finish some jobs with machine extraction. A low-moisture extraction method follows vacuuming, prespray, and carpet raking during each carpet-cleaning treatment, allowing freshened fibers to dry quickly. To keep wood floors at their shiniest, they also buff planks with natural solutions that won't warp the wood and finish with a lamb's wool bonnet to leave it looking lustrous and new.
Apothecary Wellness Spa's service menu may be long and diverse, but every treatment has one thing in common: holistic, eco-friendly products and techniques that calm the mind and reveal beauty naturally. Facials rely on formulas from Naturopathica and Ilike Organic Skincare to purify and revitalize complexions through fully personalized treatments, each of which include soothing massages and a bounty of hot towels. Custom-massage sessions benefit from the addition of individually blended essential oils, and body treatments soften the skin by imparting essences of wholesome fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Even the waxing treatments take a natural approach by using Nufree, a plant-based, hair-removal formula that's naturally antibacterial and free of waxes and sugars, resulting in less skin irritation than the hard waxes or recently-lit birthday candles used by other spas.
Founded in 1999, The NephCure Foundation strives to improve treatment and find a cure for the potentially debilitating kidney diseases nephrotic syndrome and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, or FSGS. Held at the Pier 5 Hotel, the Countdown to a Cure benefit offers an opulent and altruistic evening in support of the foundation's unique medical mission. The VIP evening beings with an open-bar cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by a dinner at 6:30 p.m. prepared by Bryan Sullivan, executive chef at Harbor Magic Hotels.
Aesthetics by Katzen provides medically supervised cosmetic treatments for a variety of skin conditions. The enzyme treatment and chemical peel duo is an intensive facial treatment for muscle masks long worn down by workaday worries, sun damage, and constant attacks from gibbons. To start, the aesthetician will provide an enzyme treatment (a $45 value) to rejuvenate damaged skin and prep your face for the next treatment. Immediately following this is the chemical peel; choose from a lactic 15% peel ($50), a mild exfoliation that retains moisture and is ideal for dry, dehydrated, or sun-damaged skin, or the glycolic 30% peel ($65), which helps to tighten and tone skin suffering from uneven texture or unbalanced tone. The chemical peels are not as harsh as some, and require no downtime after leaving the practice. The treatments must be spaced out by at least one week.
The staff of medical professionals at Katzen Eye Group, which first opened its doors in 1968, brings blurry vision into focus at four locations in Baltimore, Abingdon, Lutherville, and Rosedale. Attentive physicians peer into peepers of all ages as they administer comprehensive exams, outfit patients with prescription glasses, and help prevent diseases such as glaucoma. Lasik surgery can correct one's distance vision. Cataract surgery, which replaces one's cloudy natural lens with a clear implantable lens is also performed at Katzen Eye Group. Additionally, a staff of aesthetic professionals beautify bodies through services including skincare and cosmetic laser treatments, which can eliminate wrinkles around the eyes more effectively than staring at a jar of cold cream.