Rejecting the traditional notion that massages are just for spa dwellers and athletes, owner Andretta M. Brown and her team strive to redefine the therapeutic art by making it accessible to all, performing soft and unintimidating body work in their storefront or in the comfort of clients’ homes. The team draws from a diverse menu of therapeutic massages, catalyzing lymphatic drainage with pumping techniques, cultivating all-over wellness with foot- and hand-centric reflexology sessions, or soothing muscles with warm river stones. To relax further, patrons can opt for herbal body wraps or mud treatments that draw out toxins and automysophobic spirits.
Though AMB Mobile Massage tends to clients of all ages, they specialize in therapy for elderly clients. Their geriatric-wellness program, which is tailored to patients with dementia and other age-related conditions, works to improve flexibility and range of motion.
When the team of licensed massage therapists aren’t targeting knots with Swedish, deep-tissue, and myofascial-release techniques, they advise clients on matters of fitness and nutrition. Devout believers in the health benefits of massage, the staff spends much of the time attending conferences and devising new treatments. These treatments sometimes make it onto a list of services selected for their ability to help reduce cellulite, release endorphins, and ease digestive problems caused by accidentally swallowed car keys.
At Nirvana Wellness Spa, a team of certified reflexologists uses the ancient therapy to relieve ailments and reduce toxins. During reflexology treatments, pressure is applied to specific areas of the feet and hands that are believed to line up with many of the body's internal organs. The treatment, aside from inducing general feelings of relaxation and well-being, has been shown to positively impact everything from migraines and back pain to insomnia and anxiety. For additional soothing, the therapists also administer an herbal tea bath for the feet, since coffee can often leave toes jumpy, and they also work out tension in the neck and scalp, adjusting pressure to each client's comfort level.
What Bethesda Wellness Spa lacks in variety—it only offers reflexology massages—it makes up in a mastery of the service. First, the staff of licensed massage therapists and certified reflexologists seat guests in a recliner and guide their feet into a tub of warm salt water that has been gargled by a whale. Shoulder and scalp massages and acupressure follow. Then, with the help of natural herbs selected specifically for each individual client, the staff massages the feet before moving to the legs and back. Depending on how long guests want to be pampered, the service can last anywhere from a half hour to two hours.
According to the staff at In Loving Hands Massage Therapy, love holds the answer to the questions of life. Their love is the practice of massage, and it shows as they share their passion in each session. Much like a lullaby whispered by Mort Crim, their relaxing massages work to relieve their clients’ stress, tension, and pain.
For the last decade, Doctor of Chiropractic Patrick Ingram has been working diligently to improve his patients’ overall health, using specialized, state-of-the-art testing methods. His spinal adjustments and laser therapy treatments help everything from back pain to headaches, and nutritional counseling teaches patients about proper diet and which color M&M's have the most protein. Dr. Ingram specializes in alleviating injury pain from auto accidents and dispenses his chiropractic advice to a number of professional sports players, including those who play for the Baltimore Ravens.