Five pain-reducing, stress-relieving massage techniques are offered with today's deal, each specifically aimed at different problems or pains and administered in a private room with mellow lighting and mellower music. The Swedish massage is a light-pressure treatment that uses long, flowing muscle strokes to soothe tension, relieve stress, and bring tranquility to body and mind. For muscle pain, joint aches, and general stiffness, the deep-tissue massage offers ample relief by stimulating muscles and encouraging blood circulation. Sports massages target the stress that repetitive motions place on joints, ligaments, and tendons, helping prevent injury and reduce swelling. If you've recently strained your latissimus dorsai while heroically flagging down a cab for a professional baseball player, opt for a trigger-point massage, which targets knots and aches. Expectant mothers or women who are pregnant can relieve discomfort and stress with a prenatal massage, which helps keep both mother and baby healthy.
Salon Atelier's rose-colored door opens each day because of the efforts of owners Julia Hartman and Cynthia Newsome. Julia's career started 20 years ago when she studied cosmetology at Schilling Douglas School of Hair Design. After her prowess as a stylist, nail technician, and aesthetician landed her work at a salon, she became a brand specialist for Aveda Hair Care and MAC Cosmetics. That's when she started to miss working in a salon—a longing that inspired her to start Salon Atelir with Cynthia Newsome.
Meanwhile, Cynthia's 30 years of experience started at the Annapolis Beauty Academy. She worked in salons and spas, and even opened two of her own. In addition to traveling as an educator and platform artist, she won several awards as a colorist. Together, Julia and Cynthia lead a team of hairstylists, nail artists, and aestheticians. They also use products by Davines—an Italian company dedicated to sustainability and the Renaissance tradition that inspired Michelangelo to paint shampoo bottles on the Sistine Chapel.
Zenscape Spa’s signature treatment is a perfect reflection of their blend of Eastern and Western wellness techniques: the service integrates reflexology, Swedish massage, trigger-point therapy, and aromatherapy. Of course, practitioners can also focus in on any one of these techniques. Chinese acupressure is modeled after acupuncture, but swaps out needles for finger pressure in order to stimulate pressure points and help boost energy. Focused on the hands and feet, reflexology stimulates key pressure points to address such concerns as indigestion, fatigue, and separation anxiety from socks, and can be paired with an herbal foot sauna. Clients await their treatment in a room awash with warm magentas, bright green plants, and a literal invitation to "relax" scrawled on the main wall.
At Gossip Salon and Day Spa, you'll get more than a haircut, a makeup application, or a massage—you'll get an atmosphere of friendly ease. The staff adopts the original meaning of the word gossip—folks as far back as 1014 used the word to mean a close friend. It was only later that it took on a more pernicious denotation, though it always kept the connotation of comfortable chatter. At the salon, stylists mainly stick to gossiping about new tools, techniques, and products that'll help clients look runway-ready.
Inside the welcoming confines, the stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists chat amiably with clients, consulting them on their desired look and lifestyle before trimming their hair into classic and on-trend cuts or shaping their brows into their favorite parallelogram. They also practice their approach outside their salon, participating regularly in community outreach and charitable events.
Retha is a licensed massage therapist with a background in anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology. To ensure clients get the most of their time with her, Retha specifies an end goal for each of her treatment packages—her relaxing Swedish massage is designed to let clients get a feel for her skills, her moderate deep-tissue "problem-solving" massage incorporates ample communication to determine the source of aches and pains, and her deluxe two-hour "deserving" massage uses hot stones, hot towels, and aromatherapy to grant thorough relaxation. To give back to the community, Retha picks a charity each year that she grants with free chair massages.