Not everyone has the dedication to complete 500 hours of instruction in a field, demonstrate a mastery of the skills they've learned, and pass a standardized exam. But that's precisely the challenge that James Montgomery undertook to earn a soothing stamp of approval from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. Today, his extensive knowledge helps him pursue his personal mission to improve each client?s well being. He employs deep-tissue, Swedish, prenatal, and myofascial massage, among other styles, to impart a range of health benefits. While James works out of Catonsville Wellness Center, he can also bring his services to his clients? homes or to the fallout shelters they haven?t left since that false alarm.
Heavenly Hands Massage Ministries’ owner, Charnette K. Davis, has diligently worked to master the art of massage, as her local and national accreditations can attest. She’s also a certified reflexologist and is CPR/first-aid certified to boot. Proficient in everything from Swedish to hot-stone massage, Charnette maximizes health benefits by customizing standard massages with additional techniques drawn from her vast repertoire.
Ever since she was a young girl, Sonia Singh knew she wanted to be an aesthetician. After years of study and training, Sonia teamed up with dermatologist Dr. Anita Henderson to open Luna's Day Spa in Columbia and Luna's Medi Spa in Ellicott City. Today, the aestheticians beautify and educate clients about how to keep complexions as radiant as a flashlight powered by hope. They apply Dead Sea mud and seaweed wraps to fortify skin with natural botanicals and nutrients, all of which are explained in detail during treatments. They dispense this knowledge with the backup beats of the spas' soft music, which often accompanies soothing aromatherapy treatments.
The restorative power of human touch reigns supreme at Wellness Therapy. To naturally relieve pain and promote well-being, the staff employs a variety of massage modalities. Flowing Swedish strokes, focused deep-tissue pressure, and cranial-sacral therapy each address different aspects of musculoskeletal tension, and reflexology treatments help correct energy imbalances in the body more effectively than swallowing a smudge stick. To round out its menu of services, Wellness Therapy offers waxing treatments as well as anti-aging facials that leave skin smooth and hydrated.
Salon Allure’s licensed specialists call on expertise in hair, nail, skin, and massage services to bolster appearances and clear minds. Continually trained stylists rise steadily through the salon’s ranks as they hone their techniques, eventually gaining enough experience to provide training themselves and chop a tree in half with a single snip of the shears. Salon Allure's system correlates these levels of expertise with the stylists' prices, ensuring that clients of any budget can turn to Salon Allure for individual image polishing. Hairdressers wield Redken serums as they craft custom haircuts and banish frizz with keratin treatments. Nail services drape digits in traditional or durable shellac polishes, and five facial treatments use custom concoctions to oust blemishes, ease dryness, or boost sagging countenances more effectively than a face-lift performed during a tandem skydive. Alternatively, in-house massage therapists can transition smoothly between myofascial techniques, Swedish strokes, and the focused pressure of deep-tissue massages during custom kneading sessions.
The owners of Farashé the Day Spa designed it with the feng shui elements of water, fire, metal, wood, and earth in mind. It makes for a fitting setting, since the treatments that take place there, like feng shui, draw from ancient Eastern healing philosophies. These Ayurvedic treatments range from scalp massages that stimulate the senses to applications of warm oils that separate clients from the lampposts to which they’ve frozen their foreheads. Aestheticians also perform Western spa treatments including facials with Dermalogica or GM Collin products. During body treatments, therapists draw from natural ingredients, such as mineral salts and sea mud, which clients then wash off with a massaging Vichy shower. Treatments take place amid the arched doorways and draped gold silk curtains that mark the spa’s Indian- and Moroccan-influenced decor.