As a really busy person who is under quite a bit of stress, I try to treat myself to a once-a-month massage. Honestly, it ends up being more like an "every few months massage", but that's against my will! So when I got the chance to visit an old friend at her new location, I jumped at the chance!
Metta Integrative Wellness is a holistic center with a focus on massage, yoga and acupuncture. In their own words,
We are a group of independent massage therapists, acupuncturists, and mental health professionals who share a unifying belief in holistic wellness. At Metta Integrative Wellness Center we blend body, mind and spirit with science, art and experience to provide excellent care in a comfortable and peaceful setting. Whether you come to find peace of mind, ease physical pain or disease, or seek assistance through a difficult life transition, Metta offers a safe and supportive space for you to heal and relax.
So while I want to relax, I also need to work on some real kinks. Metta Integrative Wellness is relaxing from the moment you step into the cozy house on The Avenue in Hampden (just past Chestnut). The warm, enveloping environment puts you at ease as soon as you walk in. Featuring art from local and far-away artists on the walls, the quiet vibe relaxes even the most tense of beasts.
Angelina Gentile, a nationally- and state-licensed holistic massage therapist creates a unique massage for each client, based on Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Myofascial Release and may incorporate other modalities such as Hot Stones, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Reiki, and Ayurveda for a healing and balancing treatment. Don't let her small stature fool you. She'll teach you a sliding scale of pressure management and then actually encourage you to use it during your session. I left feeling relaxed and my chronic piriformis issue was at bay.
Metta Integrative Wellness uses an online scheduling system that makes it really easy to find a time that is right for you. They have a fantastic special right now, with a 90 minute massage for $70. If you are in the Baltimore area, you'll want to check this out. Sometimes, same day appointments are available which can make you feel lucky, like discovering a gem among a bucket of dirt (We are going here, Loxy!). I wholeheartedly recommend checking out Metta Integrative Wellness and Angelina!
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