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. Now, in addition to offering salon and spa services, she teams up with Dr. Brent Birely and Dr. Richard Adler, who provide cosmetic injectables, and a medical aesthetician who performs exfoliating chemical peels. Butta has also hired a licensed acupuncturist to treat conditions such as a compromised immune system or to sate people’s curiosity about what they’d look like if they were half porcupine.
Donna Bilek, Earthwalk Center for Wholeness’s founder, has a passion for health, wellness, and spirituality. She holds a national certification in massage therapy and a master’s degree in theology, and imparts her knowledge to others as an adjunct instructor at Notre Dame of Maryland University. In 2005, Bilek and massage therapist Scott Kover brought together a staff of massage therapists, psychotherapists, spiritual companions, and reiki practitioners to found Earthwalk Center for Wholeness. Through bodywork, spiritual guidance, and individual and couples psychotherapy, Earthwalk Center for Wholeness’s staff works toward a common goal: improving clients’ quality of life with holistic wellness services.
At Natural Oasis Body Massage, owner and nationally certified massage therapist Tiara Hood digs into muscles, breaking up tension and flushing out toxins. She helms a staff of both male and female massage therapists that delivers a variety of massage modalities, including Swedish, hot stone, and deep tissue. The therapists knead bodies inside the studio or on location, and can be summoned by telephone or one blow of a didgeridoo.
Kate Fleming and Jonathan Hancock founded Live Well. Be Well. to help their clients conquer both chronic pain and subtle discomfort. After graduating from Baltimore School of Massage, this nationally licensed and state-certified duo became Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals members. Today, Kate and Jonathan draw on their knowledge of anatomy and physiology as they knead sinews with 10 different modalities, such as Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial release, and reflexology. While they work, they facilitate smooth strokes with Bon Vital Organica, a paraben-free lotion bolstered by natural botanicals. Live Well. Be Well. also provides private showers, where guests can bask in a refreshing deluge of water—which can only otherwise be experienced by diving into a car full of water balloons, pointy hat first.
A skilled staff of massage therapists and acupuncturists boosts clients' bodily morale with a slew of holistic services at The Healing Path. The repertoire of massage, acupuncture, nutritional-coaching, and counseling services work together to improve clients' total well-being. Before massage sessions, therapists interview clients to better understand their health before deciding on which of the massage modalities at their disposal will best ease physical pain and unwind mental stress. The long, flowing strokes of traditional Swedish massage form a blissful foundation for therapeutic sessions, which aim to release knotted soft tissue, dispel stress, and improve circulation. Hands carefully knead away deep aches during prenatal massage to help make mother, unborn child, and the unborn child's weekend houseguests comfortable during pregnancy.
Before acupuncture sessions, acupuncturists make a comprehensive evaluation of clients' concerns before inserting fine needles into specific points along the body to help boost the immune system and increase circulatory flow. The Healing Path also facilitates mental healing with psychotherapy sessions to help develop coping skills, work through issues, or provide a safe space to unspool stress.
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.