After more than 26 years in the sales and business-development profession, David Wenger found his calling. His grandfather started a chiropractic center more than 70 years ago, and his father carried the wellness torch for half a century. Despite David's choice to enter business, the family's traditional line of work called him back. David has since become nationally certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork, graduating from the Baltimore School of Massage with 637 hours of hands-on experience and anatomical and physiological study.
With his education and work ethic guiding him, David performs diverse therapeutic and relaxation massages. He uses modalities such as Swedish, deep-tissue, hot stone, aromatherapy, and myofascial release to soothe muscles, reduce stress, improve range of motion, and detoxify the body. His massages range from 30 to 90 minutes, like a trip to the DMV when no one else is in line.
The team at Health by Design Natural Clinic goes beyond treating symptoms. Through functional lab tests and clinical evaluations, they root out the causes of discomfort and build a custom health plan. The clinic addresses conditions ranging from hormone imbalances and digestive issues to arthritis with plans that might include reflexology, one of 14 massage modalities, or nutrition guidance.
The Certified Reflexologists and Licensed Massage Therapists at Body & Sole Reflexology and Spa want each of their treatments to evoke the relaxing sensations of a seaside vacation. They seem to have taken this idea and ran with it, decorating each of their spa’s rooms with tokens that recall a distinct tropical locale. From the Tahiti room’s wall-length mural of an island sunset to the South Pacific suite’s two plush beds—each outfitted with an inflatable lifejacket—not a single element spoils the impression of an exotic getaway.
The staff’s dedication to this theme mirrors their dedication to soothing clients’ stresses with reflexology, massage therapy, and other relaxing body treatments. A science-based therapy that focuses on energy pathways in the feet, hands, ears, and face, reflexology manipulates these reflex points to improve circulation and help the body recover from physical and emotional stresses. A wealth of massage techniques—ranging from the long, gentle strokes of Swedish to the moisturizing essential oils of aromatherapy—similarly reduce stress and set muscles on the path to recovery. Though treatments tend to be designated to particular rooms, the communal Lava Lounge stays open to all guests, who can admire its glowing collection of custom jewelry and kick back on couches stuffed with pillowy volcanic ash.
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.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Therapeutic massage with hot stones
Brands Used: DoTERRA, Rock Tape, Bodylastics.
Pro Tip: Come to us for all of your healthcare needs. You'll leave feeling physically and mentally refreshed.