After earning his bachelor's degree at Cairo University in Egypt, Emad Elmarakby headed to Boston University's College of Health & Rehabilitation to attain his doctorate in physical therapy. After his graduation, the newly appointed Dr. Elmarakby opened Michigan Universal Physical Therapy, a private practice where he could apply his knowledge of anatomy and interest in functional biomechanics to help his patients recover from chronic ailments.Today, the center’s friendly staff continues to tend to sore joints and muscles with rehabilitative services that range from massages to postoperation orthopedics. Aside from these and other healing services, Dr. Elmarakby’s specialty-treatment programs assist patients suffering from ailments such as aching joints, osteoporosis, and bodies that stubbornly refuse to travel except via crabwalk.
The clinic’s leader, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Doug Cutler, draws on his training in environmental medicine to discover and treat not only the symptoms, but the root causes of illnesses, whether they be nutritionally, biochemically, genetically, or emotionally based. At the integrative clinic, he and certified colon hydrotherapist Kristy Hamman team up to restore patients’ equilibrium, offering services including homeopathic medicine, acupuncture, and colon and constitutional hydrotherapy, and working to keep clients’ bodies and minds as balanced as an unsuccessful seesaw.
With an office located in the Providence Medical Center, Family Footcare, PC is a full-service podiatry clinic that specializes in correcting forlorn feet and incorrigible arches. Board-certified foot and ankle surgeons Dr. Milton J. Stern and Dr. Randy K. Kaplan heal painful paws through their custom orthotics. Your treatment includes a comprehensive biomechanical examination before being fitted in plaster molds of the feet, that, unlike plaster face molds, can't be used by impersonators trying to steal your birthday hugs. The orthotics can help to control arch, heel, bunion, and forefoot pain, as well as diminish the wayward foot's negative contributions to the ankle, leg, knee, and wheelbarrow hands. If needed, one follow-up visit for an adjustment is included.
The word "massage" evokes an image of someone relaxing on a table as a therapist kneads their back and neck with aromatic oils. Although this describes many of the massages that Touch of Thai Massage and Wellness offers, it's not the studio's specialty. Instead, the therapists prefer to make their clients active participants in each therapy, most of which call on the techniques of Thai massage. During these treatments, clients remain fully clothed as therapists guide them in yoga-based stretches that work to restore flexibility and enhance healing. At the same time, practitioners press their feet, knees, and elbows along the body's energy lines to release blocked chi and leftover dreams about flying. The spa's decor underpins the practice's Eastern orientation with live orchids, gilded sculptures, and a broken compass.
Charmaine, who worked as a registered nurse for more than 10 years, is a licensed massage therapist and owner of Gold Standard Massage Clinic. Her clinic specializes in therapeutic massage that targets specific muscles and joints for injury prevention and pain management. She relieves tension with a variety of techniques, including Swedish and deep-tissue massage, trigger-point therapy, and hot-stone therapy with warm basalt stones. During sessions, clients can request silence or soothing music.
Con’s Organic Spa owner Con Ciecko isn't just an expert in the beauty industry. She's also a reiki master and a medical tattoo technician. These specialties, along with her education and training at Michigan and California institutes, have prepared her to execute services that both beautify and relax her clients. Besides kneading muscles with several massage modalities, she cleanses skin with organic facials, bronzes limbs with airbrush tanning, and administers makeup applications for weddings or black-tie viewings of TV weddings. Joined by a skilled staff that includes her daughter Kiya, a massage therapist and nail technician, Ciecko infuses her new spa confines with a welcoming and personable vibe as she helps her clients develop their own signature looks.