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?"
In the setting of a white, two-story house, the staff at Colours Salon & Day Spa aims to serve clients with the same hospitality and comfort as they would expect at a friend’s abode while providing all the indulgent services of a salon and day spa. A talented cast of hairstylists, armed with products by L’Oreal, Sebastian, Paul Mitchell, and Pureology, transform drab ‘dos into chic and polished styles.
Beyond the salon area are the private spa rooms, where skin treatments, waxing sessions, and massage therapy take place. Licensed aestheticians offer five kinds of facials, such as glycolic acid treatments or a classic European session complete with cleansing and exfoliating. Massage therapists, meanwhile, assuage aches with deep-tissue and Swedish modalities, each of which provides more stress relief than throwing a lance through a wall of bubble wrap. Two- to five-hour beauty packages save clients from having to choose, offering them curated selections of massages, mani-pedis, facials, and lunch options.
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.
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Total Body Concept is a full service spa staffed by European-trained professionals with more than 20 years of experience. The 60-minute detox body wrap ($100) is carefully designed with a blend of natural seaweed algae extracts and essential oils to restore the body’s natural rhythmic balance and eradicate impurities. Before the body wrap begins, clients will undergo a special cleansing and exfoliation process, followed by the application of the wrap, which incorporates a massage to intensify the wrap efficacy. Clients will also enjoy ten minutes in a Russian steam cabinet, where billows of steam heal the skin and camouflage you from errant Frisbees.