The licensed massage therapist pampers muscles and drives stress from minds with an array of bodywork modalities. Tools in her arsenal include Swedish and deep-tissue massage; craniosacral therapies; and energy-based reiki. Her treatments address common concerns—such as back aches and anxiety—as well as medication dependence, weakened immune systems, and badminton elbow.
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.
George Bernard Shaw once said "the sound body is the product of the sound mind." Given the amount of stress in today's world, it's no surprise that Mercy Me Massage has adopted this as a personal mantra. In the comfort of a private room, licensed massage therapists hope to restore wellness to the mind and body by dismantling muscular knots. Clients may solicit Swedish or deep-tissue pressure to ease tension, or call on the heat retention powers of smooth river stones to promote circulation.
Even as an undergraduate student in exercise physiology, Stephanie Reid disagreed with the idea that bodily healing can be achieved only with pills, specialists, and invasive treatments. Holding a firm belief in the body’s ability to heal itself, she worked toward her certification in naturopathy and founded Your Healing Place. Today, she combines modern technology with a holistic approach to search for root causes behind maladies. In one-on-one visits with patients, she answers common questions and discusses symptoms before sharing recommended readings and evidence from similar cases.
Inside Your Healing Space, smooth jazz meanders through the reception area, where a bubbling water fountain calms nerves with a sound like a scuba diver reading haiku. The smell of lavender wafts through each room, emanating from fresh plants picked in an outside garden. In a separate area for children, little noses press against a fish tank while patients walk into a treatment room filled with salt sculptures, carved onyx apples, semiprecious stones, and crawling vines. Stephanie’s team of therapists uses a battery of assessment tools to seek out tissue anomalies at the cellular level and target uncovered issues with ultraviolet light, homeopathic foods and supplements, and five massage modalities. Stephanie says that these treatments have gotten her calls from medical doctors, who were curious after witnessing their ability to improve well-being.
Genice Chantel Brown wasn't always sure what she was going to do with her life, but she knew she wanted to make peoples' lives better. She eventually graduated in 2003 from the Baltimore School of Massage, and decided to take her talents to the streets with her own mobile spa service. With a slew of luxuriating perks in tow, she travels to her clients' homes to soothe weary muscles with relaxing massages.
While relieving minor aches with the light-moderate pressure of Swedish massage, she might add the stress-relieving properties of aromatherapy. After performing a deep-tissue massage—calling upon her forearms, elbows, and fingers to vigorously manipulate muscle tissue—she might exfoliate the client's skin with body scrubs. She also fosters relaxation by placing smooth, heated stones on the body's stress-filled regions, and offers couple's massage, helping pairs bond over an activity other than brushing each other's teeth. No matter the modality or enhancements, she always creates a warm and tranquil environment in which to better her clients' overall well-being.