What began as a children's portrait studio in 1985 has evolved into Fotographia—an independently owned photography studio where veteran shutterbug Bob Grichuhin captures images of the whole family. Grichuhin has earned certification as a master photographer through the Professional Photographers of America. His work has been recognized by institutions such as the Maryland Professional Photographers Association, and he has served as a judge for a print competition held by the Delaware Professional Photographers organization.
In addition to family portraits and wedding photography, Grichuhin memorializes the smiles of high-school seniors. He snaps his way through both in-studio and outdoor sessions, traveling to a variety of locations or using the natural lighting in his own portrait park—a garden more floral and inviting than a welcome mat painted with Monet's Water Lilies.
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.
Though the West has only recently realized the real medical benefits of massage, the team of licensed massage therapists at Aaduri Healing Arts have been witnessing them firsthand for years. They're so passionate about these benefits that many of them alter their techniques to suit those for whom traditional massage may be inappropriate, but who often need it the most. Pregnancy and postpartum massages, for instance, relieve the joint pain and muscle tension of childbirth while using belly-safe positions, and sessions for cancer patients and deaf clients call on unique, personalized approaches that help break through any obstacles to relaxation. For traditional clients, the therapists call on a retinue of modalities to ease tension, from classic Swedish massage to specialty techniques such as myofascial release.
Arrica Ashe, current owner of Plush The Salon, bought the well-known salon with a mind to add an element of luxury to the quality hair and nail services](http://gr.pn/HVGVbH) its customers enjoyed. Indulgent details now suffuse every treatment, including deep oil conditioners and restorative masks that stylists massage into hair during cut-and-color hair sessions. The salon's smoothing services include high-quality relaxers and keratin treatments that iron out frizzed strands to achieve hair as shiny as a middle child's only soccer trophy. Behind the nail station at the salon, the technician slathers hands and feet with natural nailcare products, including the signature lemon-infused moisturizer and exfoliating sugar used in the spa pedicure, and the oil and warm-lotion baths found in the waterless manicure.
The crew at My Lil’ Princess Day Spa shuttles itself about the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area and administers kid-friendly spa treatments to make girls feel like royalty. With an eye toward glamorizing get-togethers, the entertaining experts oversee birthday parties, administer mini mani-pedis, and apply nail-art designs ranging from hearts to zebra prints.
At SparTea, kids kick back and let the staff fawn over them with mani-pedis, facials, and massage. This children’s spa curates comprehensive party packages that keep kids actively engaged and lavishly pampered: after crafting beaded jewelry, they kick their limbs up for mini manis and pedis, lie down for hand and foot massages, and snack on treats.