From the beige walls of Indulge Salon & Day Spa, framed pictures of Hollywood icons Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn watch over salon chairs as licensed beauty professionals make visitors feel like celebrities. Owner Wendy Zahradka and Manager Debbie McCotter lead a hospitable team that overhauls outer appearances with haircuts, perms, and coloring services for both men and women. They even keep facial hair tidy with hot lather shaves, perform relaxing massages, and create custom facials that remove dirt from pores, exfoliate skin, and erase fingerprints from when the Tooth Fairy investigates your mouth when you sleep.
Massage therapist Ruben Coates was a football player and boxer during college, but he was always known as the "little guy." Going head-to-head with much bigger opponents earned him a lot of aches and pains, but he found relief under the trained hands of a massage therapist. Each successful session left Ruben amazed at massage therapy's effectiveness, so when a commercial for massage school came on TV one day, he jumped at the opportunity to pay it forward and help others.
Now a registered massage therapist, Ruben spends his days helping clients find relief from back pain and improve joint flexibility. He utilizes trigger-point therapy and Swedish and deep-tissue massage. Ruben's massage sessions are held at Precise Touch, unless clients request a mobile massage at their home, sports tournament, or traffic court date.
For the therapists at Elements Massage, massages aren't just about luxury. Sure, that's an important part of it, but they're first and foremost about helping the body heal. So when these therapists set to work, their focus is on goals such as easing neck pain, warding off tension, boosting circulation, and improving range of motion.
Of course, it all starts with listening. It's much easier to achieve positive results when you know what's wrong, which is why the therapists set aside some time to talk with their clients beforehand. During these informal consultations, they take note of specific concerns and answer questions such as "Will this hurt?" and "Wait, most people have how many shoulders?"
The technicians at Wellness Therapy proffer holistic alternatives to invasive procedures, performing a trio of massage modalities to abate aches and unwind knots. Their menu includes Swedish massages—which employ gliding, kneading, and cross-fiber friction to uncoil knots—and deep-tissue massages, which use the same techniques to target lower-lying tissue. They also offer hot-stone massages, which can eradicate tension or lessen pain from a muscle-related injury, and facials that cleanse while moisturizing skin.
Licensed chiropractor Rob Marvenko sees the body as a single, harmonious entity. Each component affects the function of all the others, as in a delicate ecosystem or the mosh pit at a Slayer concert. Marvenko's hands-on techniques reflect this holistic view of the body. During neuromuscular-reeducation sessions for soft-tissue injuries, he reinforces the nerve signals for functional movement by use of repetitive motions and muscle stimulation. Through the Chiropractic Biophysics technique, he focuses on normalizing posture and spinal curvature. In addition to bringing spines and nervous systems back into balance, he and the clinic's massage therapist practice hydrotherapy massage and physical therapy.
What began in a spare bedroom on the banks of the Severn River is now the only clinic in Anne Arundel County to offer physical, occupational, speech, and aquatic therapy for children and adults. "I always had a vision of developing a therapy clinic that could service the entire community," says co-owner Brian Gallagher in Advance magazine, a publication that recently named Cypress Creek Therapy as its 2011 Practice of the Year. With his wife Lisa, Brian has seen that vision to fruition, augmenting the clinic's diverse therapeutic services with cutting-edge equipment and personal training sessions led by Louben Repke, an ACE-certified fitness trainer.
From that spare bedroom, the pair quickly grew their business into two separate locations, with the main building recently adding 1,000 square feet of new treatment areas, according to Advance's profile, which also touts the fresh coffee and pastries in the lobby. The clinic's devotion to customer service is evidenced by its patient-care advocate, a full-time employee committed to offering convenience, availability, and high-fives to every client.