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.
Heavenly Hands Massage Ministries’ owner, Charnette K. Davis, has diligently worked to master the art of massage, as her local and national accreditations can attest. She’s also a certified reflexologist and is CPR/first-aid certified to boot. Proficient in everything from Swedish to hot-stone massage, Charnette maximizes health benefits by customizing standard massages with additional techniques drawn from her vast repertoire.
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.
Even though it's called The Face Place, the team at the full-service salon treats clients from head to toe. Inside the clean, modern space with warm orange colors and hardwood floors, spa professionals perform soothing lotus flower mud body treatments, aromatherapy facials and relaxing manicures. Acupuncturists free up energy pathways, and massage therapists melt tension with hot-stone massages. The team even helps beautify folks from the inside out with fitness classes, such as meditation, tai chi and hula hooping.
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 restorative power of human touch reigns supreme at Wellness Therapy. To naturally relieve pain and promote well-being, the staff employs a variety of massage modalities. Flowing Swedish strokes, focused deep-tissue pressure, and cranial-sacral therapy each address different aspects of musculoskeletal tension, and reflexology treatments help correct energy imbalances in the body more effectively than swallowing a smudge stick. To round out its menu of services, Wellness Therapy offers waxing treatments as well as anti-aging facials that leave skin smooth and hydrated.