Angela Gorman has amassed a formidable list of certifications in the holistic-health industry after 14 years. She has been trained to soothe physiques with 28 different bodywork modalities, aided by her experience as a personal trainer and an anatomy and physiology instructor at Florida Metropolitan University, now known as Everest University. With such a broad wellness background, Angela was in prime position to develop Sacred Body's credo of customer care, which focuses a menu of treatments on restoring each individual's mental and physical balance.
Angela's team of massage therapists, yoga instructors, and life coaches subdue stressors by customizing their services to accommodate every client. The massage menu splits its offerings into corporal treatments—such as deep-tissue work—and energy therapy, such as reiki or kneadings with hot batteries. Faith in organic health has inspired the center's signature facial, which combines honey and fruits with herbal infusions brewed onsite to bring out the skin's radiance.
Since its founding in 1954, Dessange Paris has expanded from its original Champs Élysées location to more than 1,000 salons worldwide, including this Ann Arbor outpost. Employing a toolkit of signature house products, L’Oréal hair color, and hair balms from women’s magazine darling Kérastase, stylists indulge clients and refine their exterior appearances. Beautifying treatments run the gamut from regular mane maintenance to makeup application, waxing, and mani-pedis, which help patrons sport summer sandals and fingerless motorcycle gloves with pride.
To understand the aim of shiatsu massage, it's helpful to look back to the ancient Eastern philosophies that bore it. These philosophies espouse a holistic understanding of the body centered on “energy rivers” that unite every aspect of the being. Shiatsu massage therapists, such as Cynthia Conklin of Eastern Sun Shiatsu, focus their practice on balancing these energy rivers to stimulate the body's own self-healing powers.
During a typical zen-style shiatsu massage with Cynthia, her client lies facedown on a mat as she holds, stretches, and stimulates the body. These targeted pressures may have benefits that extend beyond a deep state of relaxation: Shiatsu devotees claim that it can provide relief from chronic aches and boost the body's resistance to stress and mind-controlling super villains. When she isn't soothing sore backs and shoulders, Cynthia teaches classes that introduce participants to basic shiatsu techniques.
The team at Lumina Sanare Healing Center relieves stress and spurs the body's healing processes with holistic therapies inside a spacious, wood-floored center. The menu of services speaks to a penchant for both physical and mental healing. TMJ treatments relieve tender jaws, and respiratory steams coax congestion and unwholesome daydreams from sinus cavities. Lumina Sanare's wealth of therapies extends to acupuncture, facials, and a mastery of reiki, a technique that plies the body's electrical fields to alleviate pain and stress.
A vibrant, healthy, and happy community: that's the vision of the staff at Shakti Yoga and Massage. To turn this ideal into a reality, therapists provide soothing massages and experienced instructors lead stress-relieving yoga classes. Yoga sessions often move outdoors, so students can practice inverted poses in the leafy grass or feel even more like a warrior as squirrels scurry around nearby.
Relaxation & Ultimate Bodywork immerses clients in an extensive selection of holistic spa treatments designed to calm the mind, body, and spirit. A collection of seven traditional massage therapies includes deep-tissue and pregnancy modalities. The therapeutic massage focuses on improving the client's range of motion, and the golfer's delight massage targets areas strained from frequenting the links, from twisted lower backs to shoulders cramped from carrying around a golf cart.
Jessica Elkins's eponymous spa is a tribute to her love of plants, nature, and beauty. During her aesthetics training, Jessica worked in the bodycare department of a natural-foods market, assisting clients as they selected lotions, rinses, or cucumbers. She then turned her attention to biochemistry, a field of study that explores the chemical processes in living organisms. By learning how cellular components interact, Jessica broadened her ability to resolve or diminish skin conditions with specific products. At the spa, Jessica works alongside aestheticians who perform custom facials with natural ingredients from Europe or minerals from the mines of Moria. Wax technicians specialize in Brazilian and eyebrow services, and cosmetologists perform makeup applications with mineral pigments.
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