Studio owner and operator Billyne Dowdy has over 20 years of experience as a licensed cosmetologist and is a member of the top–ranked Odyssey Nail Systems team in the NAILPRO Cup standings for outstanding beauticians. Get nails beautified and fortified with Dowdy’s gel manicure, a 15- to 30-minute session that bequeaths nails a shiny polish that can last three to four weeks with no chipping or fading and thereby safely increase the strength of the natural nail. The polish also dries nearly instantaneously, giving the digits immediate ability to grasp a quarter without smudging Paul Revere’s engraved face or cheerfully cheerlead at the day’s paper football matches.
Pure Wellness Center’s philosophy is simple: listen to each of its clients, always make them feel comfortable, and provide them with the highest-quality services and products. Using organic ingredients and handmade skincare products are just a few of the ways the health-minded therapists demonstrate their passion for natural health and beauty. Elina Organics skincare products, which are personally handmade by Elina Fedotova—a cosmetic chemist and herbalist—spruce up skin without the use of harsh chemicals or insults.
The center's staff devotes its efforts to helping trigger the body’s ability to heal itself. Meditation classes and massages foster the mind-body connections and deep, focused relaxation necessary to vanquish stress. In addition to personal-training sessions, Pure Wellness offers deep tissue and other massages from a certified therapist.
Although Claudia Sosulski's memories of lavender fields in France inspired her latest spa, Lavender Garden Day Spa—as reported by MLive—it has been her more than seven years as a massage therapist that inspired her to offer a range of healing spa services. This includes deep-cleansing facials with Elina Organics, handmade skincare products, infrared sauna sessions to naturally detoxify bodies, and custom massage sessions in an ashiatsu therapy room.
Physical therapist Adam Swain doesn’t think twice when sending his patients to Mark Duval for treatment. “I have great confidence in his ability to help maintain and augment my patients’ post rehabilitation status,” he said in a review. Duval—a certified massage therapist for 15 years—relies mostly on myofascial release, a method that diffuses nerve compression caused by stress, poor posture, or an extra-long game of nervous-system sardines in order to soothe body-wide aches. He’s also mastered other massage styles, including acupressure, reflexology, and Swedish, and deploys the method that best suits each patient’s needs.
The stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists at Identities the Salon make sure clients look fabulous and feel relaxed from the top of their heads to the bottom of their feet. During hair services, the staff expertly crafts new looks with precision cuts, color, and texturizing services, which use products such as Matrix, Paul Mitchell, Redken, and Pureology. Custom facials slough away dead skin cells, and hot-stone massages melt tension with radiating waves of warmth. Pedicure recipients can confidently display their pampered toes, which wear coats of durable Shellac or OPI gel polish.
Certified massage therapist Pamela Tucker picked up some of her skills while studying at the Kalamazoo Center for the Healing Arts, and some while taking classes in Chicago and Battle Creek. Other techniques, though, she learned while relaxing on massage tables in Jamaica and the Bahamas. All of her expertise comes together at Massage Kalamazoo, where she uses cups that create a gentle suction and warm volcanic basalt stones from Texas, which provide heat and comfort, like a hug from a poncho salesman.