Chiropractor Dr. Nicholas A. Grande not only treats chronic pain—he used to suffer from it himself. Familiar with the connection between chronic pain and an unhealthily sedentary lifestyle from personal experience, Dr. Grande strives to alleviate aches and tightness, and to increase his clients' ranges of motion. He draws on diverse techniques to achieve these ends, from cold-laser treatments and massages to instrument-assisted spinal manipulation, which is much more effective than manipulating spines with a backpack full of monkeys.
Back in the 1960s, beauty was so simple that some beauty parlors—like the nine traditional ones run by Robert Andrew Zupko—only had one service: roller sets. But beauty trends began to change, so Zupko changed right along with them, adding skincare and nailcare to his hairstyling business. When 1996 hit the calendars, the salon evolved into a full-fledged day spa that covered 7,000 square feet.
Zupko has since created Robert Andrew – The Salon & Spa, a 22,000-square-foot Tuscan-style getaway nestled in the giant scalene triangle that connects D.C., Annapolis, and Baltimore. Inside the salon, more than 90 beauty professionals—including nail technicians, massage therapists, and stylists—shape and polish nails, snip split ends, and disentangle achy muscle knots. The salon also boasts a troupe of Yon-Ka trained aestheticians who remove dead skin cells with pumpkin enzymes and melt away frozen funny faces with hot-stone facials.
More recently, Zupko opened Robert Andrew Medical Spa, where the spotlight's on lasers, injectables, chemical peels, and other high-tech skincare services.
The staff at That Look Hair Gallery cuts, colors, and styles hair for men, women, and children, in addition to offering nail services and massage treatments. Behind their stations, stylists modify hair with golden highlights and skillful weaves or alter follicle texture with relaxers and perms. Nail technicians coddle hands and feet with regular or chip-resistant Shellac-polish manicures and pedicures. Elsewhere, massage therapists work to ease muscle tension in necks and backs caused by wearing steel-rimmed bowler hats, employing the relaxing kneads and soft pummels of Swedish massage.
The skilled massage therapists at Sole Zones Reflexology & Massage deploy their healing hands across backs, limbs, and feet, easing aches and pains amid their tranquil, spa-like facility or bringing their soothing services to clients’ doorsteps. Their therapeutic massages utilize customized Swedish, deep-tissue, and chair modalities, each of which focuses on improving circulation while unknotting French-braided muscles. Built on the belief that reflex points in the hands and feet are connected to the body’s system of organs, Sole Zone's reflexologists are able to further encourage physiques to relax, rebalance, and self-heal by stimulating specific nerve endings during 30- to 60-minute reflexology sessions.
When clients are candid about their needs, licensed massage therapist Abria Ebright can cherry-pick massage modalities that fit their preferences––and that's when best results are achieved. Abria may access lower later muscles––or fascia––with firm deep-tissue bodywork, or administer more energy-based healing with reflexology or shiatsu techniques. Abria also offers hot-stone massages to help improve clients’ range of motion, and promote blood circulation in wooden marionettes that have dreams of becoming human.
East meets West whenever licensed massage therapist Zoraida Alvarez kneads ailing muscles. A member of the american massage therapy association, she reduces swelling and supports the immune system with lymphatic-drainage therapy and uses trigger-point techniques to release tender knots that coil up in response to mental or physical stress. Zoraida often tailors her massages for cancer patients who have unique needs that require gentle and focused attention. She also helps athletes by hunting down muscle imbalances, inflammation, and any underlying sources of pain. Her Lypossage sessions aim to help weight-loss endeavors by reducing inches, cellulite, and the number of pets people keep in their pockets.