Genice Chantel Brown wasn't always sure what she was going to do with her life, but she knew she wanted to make peoples' lives better. She eventually graduated in 2003 from the Baltimore School of Massage, and decided to take her talents to the streets with her own mobile spa service. With a slew of luxuriating perks in tow, she travels to her clients' homes to soothe weary muscles with relaxing massages.
While relieving minor aches with the light-moderate pressure of Swedish massage, she might add the stress-relieving properties of aromatherapy. After performing a deep-tissue massage—calling upon her forearms, elbows, and fingers to vigorously manipulate muscle tissue—she might exfoliate the client's skin with body scrubs. She also fosters relaxation by placing smooth, heated stones on the body's stress-filled regions, and offers couple's massage, helping pairs bond over an activity other than brushing each other's teeth. No matter the modality or enhancements, she always creates a warm and tranquil environment in which to better her clients' overall well-being.
Enigma's experienced practitioners lull meddling mind matter into a state of full-body bliss as soothing scents slither into nostrils and muscles succumb to the hearty force of healing hands. A 60-minute deep-tissue massage gets to the root of sinews' struggles, emancipating weary, overworked tendons with long, slow strokes and tactical kneads that snap fingers in the face of tension while evicting overstayed stresses that have been squatting in the melancholy caverns of back muscles. To the accompaniment of ambient live music, guests can bask in Enigma's harmonious environment while sipping on a complimentary herbal tea or cocktail of aromatherapy oils.
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.
Parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, and genetically modified ingredients don't belong in any of the skincare products used by master aesthetician Shelley Birnbaum. Driven by a passion for eco-friendly practices, as well as a dedication to providing effective spa treatments, Shelley decided to only stock and employ balms and salves made from organically derived materials. But she wasn't content to merely vend these products—she began making them herself.
Along with her ReNew Botanicals Organic & Vegan line, Shelley draws on a handful of other trusted brands to naturally treat a wide range of skincare concerns. Her facials soothe complexions and address signs of aging with such earth-loving components as grape seed oil, olive leaf powder, and odes addressed "To That Really Nice Field." Many of her treatments are vegan, ensuring any client can stop by for a refreshing pick-me-up.
Zena's Spa and Salon is only a hop, skip, and a jump from the University of Baltimore, where it's been a fixture of historic Mount Vernon for more than two decades. Restoration initiatives have kept the neighborhood youthful, which is fitting, since Zena's is best known for its age-defying beauty treatments. In the elegant salon area, stylists transform tresses with cut and color services, while in the spa area, aestheticians deftly rehab skin with exfoliating facials and full-body scrubs. Guests may also retreat to a private treatment room for a relaxing Swedish massage or hot stone therapy, which improves circulation and provides ammo for throwing at glass houses.
When the team of licensed massage therapists aren’t targeting knots with Swedish, deep-tissue, and myofascial-release techniques, they advise clients on matters of fitness and nutrition. Devout believers in the health benefits of massage, the staff spends much of the time attending conferences and devising new treatments. These treatments sometimes make it onto a list of services selected for their ability to help reduce cellulite, release endorphins, and ease digestive problems caused by accidentally swallowed car keys.