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.
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.
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.
Massage therapist Ruben Coates was a football player and boxer during college, but he was always known as the "little guy." Going head-to-head with much bigger opponents earned him a lot of aches and pains, but he found relief under the trained hands of a massage therapist. Each successful session left Ruben amazed at massage therapy's effectiveness, so when a commercial for massage school came on TV one day, he jumped at the opportunity to pay it forward and help others.
Now a registered massage therapist, Ruben spends his days helping clients find relief from back pain and improve joint flexibility. He utilizes trigger-point therapy and Swedish and deep-tissue massage. Ruben's massage sessions are held at Precise Touch, unless clients request a mobile massage at their home, sports tournament, or traffic court date.
Modern technology and holistic mindsets are equally valued by Nora Holloway. After personally struggling with the blemishes and outbreaks caused by acne, Nora decided to learn as much as she could about skincare and skin maintenance. She eventually decided to put this knowledge to work by becoming a licensed aesthetician and founding Holistic Solutions. Instead of allowing her expertise to rely on experience and past education alone, Nora routinely seeks out training with the latest advancements in the skincare industry. This willingness to embrace new techniques and new technologies allows Nora to better accomplish her goal of offering customized treatments tailored to each client.
Advanced technology figures prominently into many of the services at Holistic Solutions. Ultrasonic microdermabrasion systems smooth out the skin's texture, and pulses of light and heat energy can help fade hyperpigmented blemishes ranging from sun spots to especially stubborn temporary tattoos. Even when performing more traditional facials, waxing services, and chemical peels, the team still customizes every facet of the treatment in order to ensure the most dramatic results possible.
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.