Dr. Marlene Mahipat works to assuage bodily aches with chiropractic adjustments and societal ills with nonprofit work, earning a feature article in the Chiropractic Journal. By day, she treats patients to an array of therapeutic services, from adjustments and traction treatments to aqua massage, dry needling, and treatments for migraine headaches. But after hours, Dr. Mahipat may transform her office into a sandwich-making station for the homeless, according to the Baltimore Sun, or hop in a car to deliver dinners for Meals on Wheels. Unsatisfied with being a mere volunteer, however, within the past five years she also founded two nonprofits herself: Helping Orphans Prosper Everywhere (HOPE) collects food and supplies for displaced or underprivileged kids, and People Letting Every Animal Survive Euthanization (PLEASE) aims to prevent unnecessary euthanizing of otherwise healthy pets.
The therapists at Mommie Massage Center focus their skills on mothers, expectant mothers, and other women who endure their fair share of stress. Their specialty—prenatal massage—relieves tension in the lower back and hips, where moms-to-be tend to experience the most pain. The therapists also offer foot and leg treatments that can alleviate water retention and reduce the appearance of varicose veins. Often they rely on special add-ons—aromatherapy scents, hot stones—to make the treatments that much more relaxing. In a bit of synergy, Mommie Massage Center is located inside of Little Bo Peep, Inc., where sonographers create 3D ultrasound images that tell mothers if their babies will in fact be born in three dimensions or will simply exist as a straight line on a sliver of graph paper.
Not everyone has the dedication to complete 500 hours of instruction in a field, demonstrate a mastery of the skills they've learned, and pass a standardized exam. But that's precisely the challenge that James Montgomery undertook to earn a soothing stamp of approval from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. Today, his extensive knowledge helps him pursue his personal mission to improve each client’s well being. He employs deep-tissue, Swedish, prenatal, and myofascial massage, among other styles, to impart a range of health benefits. While James works out of Catonsville Wellness Center, he can also bring his services to his clients’ homes or to the fallout shelters they haven’t left since that false alarm.
Much like the local pharmacies of yester-year, Crossroads Apothecary, which was developed by doctors, nutritionists, and herbalists, nurtures both customers' personal health and knowledge. The store's shelves and online stock bear pharmaceutical-grade supplements, including protein powders and herbal remedies, that infuse bodies with renewed vigor stolen by illness or parasitic aliens. Meditation CDs and books kept in-store soothe stressed minds, and organic soaps nourish bodies. To help patients take control of their health, the apothecary’s learning center gifts visitors with a wealth of information on any number of medical and holistic health questions and pairs with the onsite gym, med spa, and wellness center.
The holistic healers at Nourishing Journey aim to remove harmful toxins harbored in the physique with an array of customized wellness services. During the 30-minute ionic footbath, lower paws take a dip in a soothing basin brimming with ionic energies. A gentle electrical current moves through the bath, helping to neutralize negatively charged ions in the body while purging toxins through the feet's pores and ankles' trap doors. Twenty minutes in the infrared sauna sheathes skin in radiant heat, causing sweat factories to kick into high gear. The relaxing warmth wraps around clients as impurities are pushed through the pores, ultimately aiding in strengthening the immune system, rejuvenating the skin, and relieving stress. A colon-hydrotherapy treatment is designed to de-gunk the large intestine by gently removing built up toxins and impacted waste. During the 45-minute session, pressurized water flushes through internal pathways, which can hydrate the body, bolster weight loss, and test water-park blueprints with replica-size tube slides.