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.
An interconnected system of energy and communication, the human body can experience a variety of chronic pains and illnesses. That’s where licensed acupuncturists like Neida Caseres step in. Neida—who spent years culling knowledge of metaphysics, spiritual-response therapy, and forgiveness therapy—is not only a licensed acupuncturist but also a reiki master. At the Oriental Medicine Healing Center at Life Force, she treats clients of all ages during one-on-one therapeutic sessions. Using hair-thin, sterile needles, Neida can unblock obstructions in the body’s energy flow—an important step in soothing maladies such as chronic pain, migraines, ADD/ADHD, insomnia, and depression.
As a college athlete, Lindsay Waxler struggled with injuries, pain, and a lack of solutions for any of these ailments apart from strong medicines or surgery. Driven to find a more holistic way to improve her health, she embarked on the study of acupuncture, initially as a patient. After experiencing the healing powers of acupuncture firsthand, Lindsay committed herself to becoming a practitioner, earning a master's degree in traditional oriental medicine and her license in acupuncture. Today, Lindsay uses her encyclopedic knowledge of the millennia-old needle practice to balance her patients’ bodies, increase their well-being, and even treat common conditions, such as back pain, muscle spasms, allergies, digestive issues, and stress. Her expertise allows her to manipulate energy, or chi, which travels through 20 pathways between 2,000 acupuncture points to meet up at a single rest stop. When the flow of chi is off, a variety of ailments and diseases can occur; needles inserted into key points aim to regulate and re-balance this vital energy.
Much like the local pharmacies of yester-year, Crossroads Apothecary, which was developed by doctors, nutritionists, and herbalists, nurtures both customers' personal health and knowledge. The store's shelves and online stock bear pharmaceutical-grade supplements, including protein powders and herbal remedies, that infuse bodies with renewed vigor stolen by illness or parasitic aliens. Meditation CDs and books kept in-store soothe stressed minds, and organic soaps nourish bodies. To help patients take control of their health, the apothecary’s learning center gifts visitors with a wealth of information on any number of medical and holistic health questions and pairs with the onsite gym, med spa, and wellness center.
At It’s About Health, the staff cares about every individual. Recognizing that each patient they treat has particular health concerns, the staff members offer a variety of options to help customers improve their well-being. This includes everything from IonCleanse detoxifications to far-infrared-sauna or hyperbaric oxygen-chamber treatments. Ultimately, they want to focus on keeping their patients not just looking good, but feeling great. That’s why clients can also obtain nutrition and workout plans with the help of staff members instead of purchasing chatty parrots that remind them to take their supplements.
Patty Owen MAc, LAc, DiplAc (NCCAOM), a board-certified acupuncturist, and Kristen LaSor LMT, MAc, LAc, a licensed massage therapist and acupuncturist, restore the body’s energy balance and relieve its chronic pains. This might sound like a difficult task for anyone, but Owen and LaSor accomplish it by focusing all of their attention on each client and drawing on their vast knowledge of holistic medicine. They further cater to their patrons by preceding every treatment with an extensive two-hour consultation to address each of their specific maladies.