Usha Salon & Day Spa might best be known for meticulous threading services, which twice garnered a spot on Baltimore Magazine's annual "Best Of" list. But the skills of the house stylists and aestheticians don't stop there. They can also reshape coifs with stylish cuts and add face-framing dimension with highlights services. Nearby, Usha's henna artists use traditional Indian techniques to install intricate designs that are perfect for standing apart from the crowd or blending in with a pile of tea-stained lace. Clients can also take a break from humdrum chores with soothing facials and massages.
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.
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.
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.
Many spas claim to focus on total-body wellness, but few go so far as to build their own full-size fitness studio. Few can argue, then, when Spa Seven touts its approach as one that caters to “skin, body, and mind”—not when the spa backs up these words with a comprehensive menu of skin and beauty services and group and private fitness classes held in an expansive, well-equipped studio.
A simple philosophy guides Spa Seven’s multifaceted approach to wellness: no two bodies are the same. The spa’s staff—a highly qualified mélange of aestheticians, massage therapists, and fitness trainers—takes these words to heart when devising custom treatments and routines. Each of the spa’s five facial peels caters to a specific skin type, and a variety of massage techniques work to relieve stress from waiting for hours in traffic or hurling stalled station wagons out of one’s path.
Similarly, the fitness studio’s group classes help guests achieve mind-body symmetry in the way that feels most right for them. On one hand, P90X boot camps sculpt muscles with a program of intense weight-training and nutritional advice; on the other, yoga classes relax the senses with energy-balancing poses and contemplative games of Twister.