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Baltimore Orthopedic Massage expanding the county's massage offerings

by Emily Blackner

Baltimore Orthopedic Massage may be the newest name in the game for Baltimore County, but owner Alex MacMillan has already found that therapeutic massage is a valuable and successful service around which to build a business. "I never bought into the idea that a business will lose money in its first year," Macmillan said. "So we hit the ground running and immediately put in the effort to get good clients and repeat clients. So things are going as well as we expected." Baltimore Orthopedic Massage was started in May of this year by MacMillan, a business and government major who saw a need in the community that he could fill. "There's been a deficiency in the massage scene. You see it mostly in spas and salons but there wasn't a lot of people doing therapeutic and corrective work with doctors," he explained. That's just what Baltimore Orthopedic Massage specializes in, although they also offer relaxation massage as well. The seven massage therapists employed by the company work closely with doctors and osteopaths to help people who have suffered an injury or illness to regain or improve their range of motion as they recover. Macmillan noted that recently his therapists have had success working with hip replacement patients and those with movement disorders. In fact, some local doctors have contracted Baltimore Orthopedic Massage specifically to do work on their patients. "Our patients are able to regain function and usually can regain most range of motion," he shared. MacMillan explained that Baltimore Orthopedic Massage is also available for private parties and events as well. "How a party goes will depend on who's putting it together," he elaborated. "We recently did one for a group of lawyers, where we had two chairs and a foot massage station and people just came up and got a massage. But the party could also be a lot smaller; you could add our services on to practically any party you're planning." The therapists are also available for house calls and private sessions as well, and they serve the entirety of Baltimore County. In addition to their therapeutic work, Baltimore Orthopedic Massage also offers great relaxation massages. "It's amazing what general relaxation can do," MacMillan declared, adding that some doctors prescribe that as well. Currently, the company is operating as part of Maryland Colabs, a shared space for small, independent business owners and entrepreneurs to collaborate, share resources and advice and cooperate in a professional setting. The office is located at 505 Eastern Blvd. in Essex, and Baltimore Orthopedic Massage is there from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Monday - Wednesday and 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday. Friday hours are by advance appointment only, and therapists can also conduct appointments outside of the posted hours at the Colabs building. MacMillan is in the process of getting his massage license to enable Baltimore Orthopedic Massage to do even more important work for community members who need it. "People come to us looking for some way to get function back and improve their quality of life, and we are able to help them," he said. "It's very rewarding, a lot more so than anything I've done in the past." Baltimore Orthopedic Massage is a member of Maryland Colabs, 505 Eastern Blvd. in Essex. They are open Monday - Wednesday, 6 - 8 p.m.; Thursday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Friday by appointment, and closed on Sundays. For more info. or to schedule a session or book a party, call 443-902-5304.





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