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.
Massage therapy is used to assuage a wide spectrum of symptoms. It can relieve muscular tension and pain, promote circulation, and release the mental stress that can lead to physical problems. At Addicted 2 Touch 4 Life, an experienced therapist consults with every client to get a sense of his or her concerns and goals. The outcome? A massage that's completely customized and a dramatic set of results.
Branching from a hallway adorned with hanging plants are private treatment rooms painted a soft sage green. In these tranquil nooks, aestheticians perform various facials that imbue expressions with youthful radiance and clarity. Several facials include steam cleaning, extractions, staring contests, and masks; more specialized services, such as back facials and anti-aging facials, nurture skin with products of marine origin. Massage therapists direct their attention to knots below the skin with Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages.
On the garden level of The Hotel at Turf Valley, Alexandra's offers up a well-rounded menu for the midmorning muncher. As you peruse the linen-laden tables, indulge in a sampling of thick hickory-smoked bacon, blintzes, waffles, a rotating seafood dish, and a multitude of fresh fruit and vegetables. The sight of hearty eggs benedict and slow-roasted prime rib coexisting in peace will draw a tear of joy from enchanted eye sockets, while the smoked salmon and diverse bakery selection is enough to make stomachs skip a beat. The omelette station equips adventurous eggs with provisions for the journey to the center of your stomach, and lunch edges in on the action with the build-your-own salad station. The brunch also includes unlimited champagne, Bloody Marys, and mimosas, unlike “linner,” which includes a Capri Sun and rush-hour traffic.
Ever since she was a young girl, Sonia Singh knew she wanted to be an aesthetician. After years of study and training, Sonia teamed up with dermatologist Dr. Anita Henderson to open Luna's Day Spa in Columbia and Luna's Medi Spa in Ellicott City. Today, the aestheticians beautify and educate clients about how to keep complexions as radiant as a flashlight powered by hope. They apply Dead Sea mud and seaweed wraps to fortify skin with natural botanicals and nutrients, all of which are explained in detail during treatments. They dispense this knowledge with the backup beats of the spas' soft music, which often accompanies soothing aromatherapy treatments.
The owners of Farashé the Day Spa designed it with the feng shui elements of water, fire, metal, wood, and earth in mind. It makes for a fitting setting, since the treatments that take place there, like feng shui, draw from ancient Eastern healing philosophies. These Ayurvedic treatments range from scalp massages that stimulate the senses to applications of warm oils that separate clients from the lampposts to which they’ve frozen their foreheads. Aestheticians also perform Western spa treatments including facials with Dermalogica or GM Collin products. During body treatments, therapists draw from natural ingredients, such as mineral salts and sea mud, which clients then wash off with a massaging Vichy shower. Treatments take place amid the arched doorways and draped gold silk curtains that mark the spa’s Indian- and Moroccan-influenced decor.