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.
The experts at Healing Laser Centers can ease pain without a single touch. That's because they harness the healing power of the cold laser, a device that sends low levels of energy deep into strained and injured muscles to jump-start the healing process. In each 5- to 20-minute treatment, staffers suffuse the body with this powerful light energy to relieve pain caused by work stresses, athletic endeavors, or attempts to give itself a back massage. Many patients feel nothing during the treatment and often feel progressively better for days afterward. To enhance the technology's muscle-mending capabilities, the center also keeps massage therapists on staff for hands-on tension relief.
Licensed chiropractor Rob Marvenko sees the body as a single, harmonious entity. Each component affects the function of all the others, as in a delicate ecosystem or the mosh pit at a Slayer concert. Marvenko's hands-on techniques reflect this holistic view of the body. During neuromuscular-reeducation sessions for soft-tissue injuries, he reinforces the nerve signals for functional movement by use of repetitive motions and muscle stimulation. Through the Chiropractic Biophysics technique, he focuses on normalizing posture and spinal curvature. In addition to bringing spines and nervous systems back into balance, he and the clinic's massage therapist practice hydrotherapy massage and physical therapy.
It's not a magic trick—at least not in the way TV and movies have portrayed it for years. But for certified hypnotist Maureen V. Meehan, the mind is surprisingly capable of pulling off all-manner of physiological and psychological magic once its in a deep state of relaxation. It's at that time when she can help clients stop smoking, lose weight, or sleep better—and that's just the start of the habits, phobias, and issues she helps clients overcome.
After easing clients into a state of hypnosis—something she says the mind does on its own at least twice a day—she begins to help her clients discover their motivations and the triggers for unwanted behaviors. Together, and usually over the course of about five sessions, she and her clients overcome the obstacles standing in the way of changing those behaviors. As a licensed health care professional, her only goal is to enhance well-being. To ensure that her clients receive only the best care, she re-certifies annually through The National Guild of Hypnotists.
Dr. Marlene Mahipat works to assuage bodily aches with chiropractic adjustments and societal ills with nonprofit work, earning a feature article in the Chiropractic Journal. By day, she treats patients to an array of therapeutic services, from adjustments and traction treatments to aqua massage, dry needling, and treatments for migraine headaches. But after hours, Dr. Mahipat may transform her office into a sandwich-making station for the homeless, according to the Baltimore Sun, or hop in a car to deliver dinners for Meals on Wheels. Unsatisfied with being a mere volunteer, however, within the past five years she also founded two nonprofits herself: Helping Orphans Prosper Everywhere (HOPE) collects food and supplies for displaced or underprivileged kids, and People Letting Every Animal Survive Euthanization (PLEASE) aims to prevent unnecessary euthanizing of otherwise healthy pets.
The therapists at Mommie Massage Center focus their skills on mothers, expectant mothers, and other women who endure their fair share of stress. Their specialty—prenatal massage—relieves tension in the lower back and hips, where moms-to-be tend to experience the most pain. The therapists also offer foot and leg treatments that can alleviate water retention and reduce the appearance of varicose veins. Often they rely on special add-ons—aromatherapy scents, hot stones—to make the treatments that much more relaxing. In a bit of synergy, Mommie Massage Center is located inside of Little Bo Peep, Inc., where sonographers create 3D ultrasound images that tell mothers if their babies will in fact be born in three dimensions or will simply exist as a straight line on a sliver of graph paper.
A trained and licensed acupuncturist, Marina Gan seeks to share the same ancient Chinese medicine that has so deeply affected her own life. Marina approaches acupuncture as a partnership between herself and her patients—a collaborative relationship founded with the common goal of identifying and counteracting troublesome imbalances in the client’s body or teetering Jenga tower. After such imbalances have been discovered, Gan goes to work on the grounds of the Ruscombe Mansion Community Health Center, a palatial country home built on the estate of the famous Quaker abolitionist James W. Tyson.