Your body does so much for you daily, from getting you to work in the morning to dispensing life-saving kicks to the nose of a curious shark. Today's Groupon rewards a hardworking body: for $52, you get a custom massage with an aromatherapy add-on (a $90 value) and your choice of a softening thermal treatment for either the hands or feet (a $15 value each) at Apothecary Wellness Spa (a $105 total value) in Federal Hill. Apothecary Wellness Spa is a holistic and organic-health hideaway that Baltimore magazine named Best Holistic Spa in 2009 and Best Massage in 2010.
The massage combines circulatory, deep-tissue, range-of-motion, stretching, and acupressure techniques to fulfill the fanciful fancies of any back's ambition. During the meticulous kneading, aromatic scents will swirl through the air furthering the relaxation. Afterward, a softening thermal treatment will moisturize either feet or hands using an eco-friendly, soy-based paraffin alternative infused with jojoba, organic coconut oil, shea butter, and vitamin E. This treatment will relax, soften, and hydrate tired hands or heels using warm herbal wraps and soothing frequencies that human ears can't hear but toes and fingers find blissful.
Apothecary Wellness Spa's staff of licensed massage therapists works to provide quality treatment along with quality relaxation, so that the experience soothes sore sacra even as it mollifies muddled minds. The Zen-like atmosphere (hardwood floors, high ceilings, and plenty of natural light) is comfortable, and Apothecary Wellness Spa's eco-friendly towels, organic skincare products, and cups of fair-trade teas ensure that your therapeutic massage won't result in the spontaneous combustion of a panda, like your dyspeptic grandfather always warned would happen.
Baltimore magazine named Apothecary Wellness Spa the Best Holistic Spa in 2009, Best Massage in 2010, and included it in their Baltimore beauty bible. Nine Insider Pagers give it a five-star average and five Yelpers rate it an average of 4.5 stars:
- If we ever left Baltimore (heaven forbid!), it's quite possibly the facials and custom massages at Federal Hill's Apothecary Wellness that we'd miss the most. – Jane Marion, Baltimore
- She was very attentive to my concerns about my back and the whole hour-long massage felt very comprehensive… The table was heated, which was nice, and it was a very relaxing experience. – Elyza B., Yelp
Apothecary Wellness Spa's service menu may be long and diverse, but every treatment has one thing in common: holistic, eco-friendly products and techniques that calm the mind and reveal beauty naturally. Facials rely on formulas from Naturopathica and Ilike Organic Skincare to purify and revitalize complexions through fully personalized treatments, each of which include soothing massages and a bounty of hot towels. Custom-massage sessions benefit from the addition of individually blended essential oils, and body treatments soften the skin by imparting essences of wholesome fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Even the waxing treatments take a natural approach by using Nufree, a plant-based, hair-removal formula that's naturally antibacterial and free of waxes and sugars, resulting in less skin irritation than the hard waxes or recently-lit birthday candles used by other spas.