At ASF Therapeutic Sports and Spa Massage, licensed massage therapist Monica Weedon zeroes in on chronic pain. Although she offers relaxing spa massages, Monica’s specialty lies in sports recovery. Her deep-tissue handiwork helps clients heal from current injuries, avoid future ones, and optimize their performances on their fields of play, at least until robotic limbs become legal sports equipment. Aside from massages, Monica also conducts rounds of sports stretching, which aims to improve muscle imbalances and postural distortions.
What began in a spare bedroom on the banks of the Severn River is now the only clinic in Anne Arundel County to offer physical, occupational, speech, and aquatic therapy for children and adults. "I always had a vision of developing a therapy clinic that could service the entire community," says co-owner Brian Gallagher in Advance magazine, a publication that recently named Cypress Creek Therapy as its 2011 Practice of the Year. With his wife Lisa, Brian has seen that vision to fruition, augmenting the clinic's diverse therapeutic services with cutting-edge equipment and personal training sessions led by Louben Repke, an ACE-certified fitness trainer.
From that spare bedroom, the pair quickly grew their business into two separate locations, with the main building recently adding 1,000 square feet of new treatment areas, according to Advance's profile, which also touts the fresh coffee and pastries in the lobby. The clinic's devotion to customer service is evidenced by its patient-care advocate, a full-time employee committed to offering convenience, availability, and high-fives to every client.
Body Motions? pole-dance fitness classes work bodies hard enough to sculpt lithe, tight muscles that boost health and can open any jar. The same could be said of the studio?s other classes, which include Zumba, yoga, yogalates, and Total Body Toning. They also invite participants sculpt with unique fitness offerings, including line dancing and Bokwa. No matter which class students select, they get an intense, custom workout thanks to encouraging and accommodating instructors.
The technicians at Wellness Therapy proffer holistic alternatives to invasive procedures, performing a trio of massage modalities to abate aches and unwind knots. Their menu includes Swedish massages?which employ gliding, kneading, and cross-fiber friction to uncoil knots?and deep-tissue massages, which use the same techniques to target lower-lying tissue. They also offer hot-stone massages, which can eradicate tension or lessen pain from a muscle-related injury, and facials that cleanse while moisturizing skin.
ASPA2U's therapists seek to instill relaxation by performing bodywork in the most comforting place of all—your own home. Licensed and certified staff members travel with supplies in tow to perform soothing Swedish massages on clients' backs or work deep knots. The team also administers beautifying body treatments including detoxifying wraps and body polish sessions.
Some people prefer to pamper themselves in the comfort of their own home. Others like to get out of the house and take refuge in a quiet spa. April Jones-Britt wants her clients to relax whichever way they want, so through Pamperme1st she offers massage treatments both in her spa and onsite at homes and offices. Her techniques range from the relaxing kneads of Swedish and chair massage to more intense deep-tissue or Chinese sports massages. She can also arrange couples treatments for pairs celebrating a romantic milestone or point guards preparing to defeat their opponent.