Parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, and genetically modified ingredients don't belong in any of the skincare products used by master aesthetician Shelley Birnbaum. Driven by a passion for eco-friendly practices, as well as a dedication to providing effective spa treatments, Shelley decided to only stock and employ balms and salves made from organically derived materials. But she wasn't content to merely vend these products—she began making them herself.
Along with her ReNew Botanicals Organic & Vegan line, Shelley draws on a handful of other trusted brands to naturally treat a wide range of skincare concerns. Her facials soothe complexions and address signs of aging with such earth-loving components as grape seed oil, olive leaf powder, and odes addressed "To That Really Nice Field." Many of her treatments are vegan, ensuring any client can stop by for a refreshing pick-me-up.
Pure Touch Organics massage cream and heated basalt stones help Missi Kibelbek and the rest of her staff loosen tense muscles and alleviate aches during massage sessions. The staff also tends to the skin’s surface with organic sugar scrubs and a butter wrap crafted from organic shea and cocoa butter. The therapists share the secrets of a great massage during a couples massage class that teaches basic massage techniques for the neck, back, and liver.
Kate Fleming and Jonathan Hancock founded Live Well. Be Well. to help their clients conquer both chronic pain and subtle discomfort. After graduating from Baltimore School of Massage, this nationally licensed and state-certified duo became Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals members. Today, Kate and Jonathan draw on their knowledge of anatomy and physiology as they knead sinews with 10 different modalities, such as Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial release, and reflexology. While they work, they facilitate smooth strokes with Bon Vital Organica, a paraben-free lotion bolstered by natural botanicals. Live Well. Be Well. also provides private showers, where guests can bask in a refreshing deluge of water—which can only otherwise be experienced by diving into a car full of water balloons, pointy hat first.
At Dr. K. Michael Murphy & Associates, talented and helpful dentists and staff work together to ensure that clients keep their mouth pearls shiny with the Perfecta REV! teeth-whitening system. During the first visit, an impression is made of the customer’s teeth in order to fashion the customized bleaching trays. The second visit allows the dentist to make sure that the trays fit properly and to offer detailed instructions for applying the water-based whitening gel, which comes in a syringe whittled from the ivory incisor of a great white shark. A refreshing rinse and whitening toothpaste are also included.
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.