If you’re in dire need of relaxation, there’s no shortage of solutions at The Inn at The Colonnade. You could check in to one of the hotel’s luxury suites, or you could simply make a beeline for the spa. You’ll be in good hands should you choose the latter, thanks to a staff of massage therapists who soothe aching muscles and aestheticians who wax unwanted hair, polish nails, and extend eyelashes.
Though the hotel upstairs is home to plenty of identical rooms, the spa’s therapists take pride in crafting individual treatments that address each client’s specific needs. They dedicate a large part of their efforts to blending aromatherapy oils that relax and rejuvenate the senses. There are a total of six to choose from, all of which feature exotic ingredients such as grapefruit, rosewood, and shark pheromones.
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.
Some people prefer to pamper themselves in the comfort of their own home. Others like to get out of the house and take refuge in a quiet spa. April Jones-Britt wants her clients to relax whichever way they want, so through Pamperme1st she offers massage treatments both in her spa and onsite at homes and offices. Her techniques range from the relaxing kneads of Swedish and chair massage to more intense deep-tissue or Chinese sports massages. She can also arrange couples treatments for pairs celebrating a romantic milestone or point guards preparing to defeat their opponent.
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.