La Clinica is a full-service salon and spa that has been serving up bevies of beauty to Baltimore for more than 30 years. The salon's experienced stylists will start you off with a luxurious lather, before follicles get doused in a powerful Japanese conditioning potion. The Japanese serum will be massaged into the scalp to tackle tangles at the source, and then covered by a cap to give modest strands some time to saturate in solitude. After being blasted by the gentle, warm breath of a salon dryer, head noodles will emerge silky smooth, moisturized, and strong enough to be used to hang decorative hammers on walls. To complete your cranial overhaul, a skilled scissor shaman will work with you to design a 'do that fits your lifestyle and personality.
Many spas claim to focus on total-body wellness, but few go so far as to build their own full-size fitness studio. Few can argue, then, when Spa Seven touts its approach as one that caters to “skin, body, and mind”—not when the spa backs up these words with a comprehensive menu of skin and beauty services and group and private fitness classes held in an expansive, well-equipped studio.
A simple philosophy guides Spa Seven’s multifaceted approach to wellness: no two bodies are the same. The spa’s staff—a highly qualified mélange of aestheticians, massage therapists, and fitness trainers—takes these words to heart when devising custom treatments and routines. Each of the spa’s five facial peels caters to a specific skin type, and a variety of massage techniques work to relieve stress from waiting for hours in traffic or hurling stalled station wagons out of one’s path.
Similarly, the fitness studio’s group classes help guests achieve mind-body symmetry in the way that feels most right for them. On one hand, P90X boot camps sculpt muscles with a program of intense weight-training and nutritional advice; on the other, yoga classes relax the senses with energy-balancing poses and contemplative games of Twister.
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?"
Maria Butta built Tranquille Hair & Body on a foundation of experience strengthened by two decades in the hair industry and the training she continues to pursue at beauty havens such as the Color Academy in New York. Butta filled her aesthetic oasis with a staff of talented stylists, nail technicians, and skincare experts, and all this hard work has paid off. In 2009, Tranquille took home eight Best of Citysearch awards in categories such as Deep-Tissue Massage, Nail Salon, and Hair Removal, and in 2011 it was listed on CBS Baltimore's compilation of the Best Makeovers in Baltimore. According to Towson Patch, Butta recently doubled the shop's size to 2,200 square feet.
Usha Salon & Day Spa might best be known for meticulous threading services, which twice garnered a spot on Baltimore Magazine's annual "Best Of" list. But the skills of the house stylists and aestheticians don't stop there. They can also reshape coifs with stylish cuts and add face-framing dimension with highlights services. Nearby, Usha's henna artists use traditional Indian techniques to install intricate designs that are perfect for standing apart from the crowd or blending in with a pile of tea-stained lace. Clients can also take a break from humdrum chores with soothing facials and massages.
Donna Bilek, Earthwalk Center for Wholeness’s founder, has a passion for health, wellness, and spirituality. She holds a national certification in massage therapy and a master’s degree in theology, and imparts her knowledge to others as an adjunct instructor at Notre Dame of Maryland University. In 2005, Bilek and massage therapist Scott Kover brought together a staff of massage therapists, psychotherapists, spiritual companions, and reiki practitioners to found Earthwalk Center for Wholeness. Through bodywork, spiritual guidance, and individual and couples psychotherapy, Earthwalk Center for Wholeness’s staff works toward a common goal: improving clients’ quality of life with holistic wellness services.