Ann Buckner's Massage Therapy's eponymous practitioner is a proud grandmother, but she's as active as any young person on the block. A kids' Zumba instructor and graduate of Healing Hands Institute, Ann infuses clients with her brand of revitalization using therapeutic, deep-tissue, and Thai massage. Before she performs therapy, Ann assesses the body's skeletal structure and posture to find out which modalities will work best for each individual.
The therapists at Body Awakening Massage and Wellness Center will work with you to determine the most beneficial techniques to use during each session. They certainly have a lot to choose from, with expertise in everything from craniosacral therapy to Japanese shiatsu massage. When they aren't soothing tension with deep-tissue pressure or relaxing hot stones, the therapists tend to the body's other needs with detoxifying wraps that infuse skin with nutrients and break down fat cells, reducing appearance of cellulite and aid in inch loss.
Anew Salon & Spa's Porshia Gooch splits her well-honed skills between scalp, skin, and nails, beautifying clients with styling, foil highlights, single-process color, facials, and manicures. The rest of the staff?stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists?work within the salon?s honey-hued faux-marble walls to transform clients from scalp to toenail. They refresh drab looks with new haircuts and coloring treatments, and they slather on polish in a cozy pedicure nook outfitted with bench seating and plush pillows.
Unlike many massage therapists, Hands To You Wellness Studio owner Zina Sanders incorporates holistic healing elements into her treatments to provide additional therapeutic and stress-relieving benefits. Traditional Thai massages take place on floor mats so their yoga-like stretches can be more easily achieved, and integrative reflexology treatments focus exclusively on pinpoints throughout the body to improve balance and circulation and locate the body’s “eject” button. Since graduating from the Baltimore School of Massage in 1996, Zina has continued to broaden her skills by pursuing ongoing education at various seminars and workshops.
In 1994, Chris Hammond traveled to Sri Lanka as a Peace Corps volunteer. That experience was so impactful that he stayed in South Asia until 2000, studying the art of meditation and yoga. Now a licensed acupuncturist and yogi, Chris helps people suffering from chronic pain, anxiety, depression, digestive disorders, and infertility issues at Baltimore Acupuncture Center.
Respite caters to mind, body, and spirit alike, rejuvenating and relaxing clients through massage, yoga, and energy healing. The team boasts a wide array of credentials, including reiki certifications and licenses in massage therapy and acupuncture.