At locations in Franklin, Royal Oak, and most recently Birmingham, experienced aestheticians dissolve stress with soothing massages, facials, and nail treatments that utilize fruit-infused scrubs or oils from Sacred Earth Botanicals. Inside private treatment rooms, techs evict toxins with Dead Sea mud or seaweed body wraps and knead knots into untied shoelaces with aromatherapy massages or therapeutic stretches. Treatments, including a slate of mani-pedis, come in various packages for half-day pampering sessions, with tasty add-ons such as a spa lunch or bubbly sips of champagne. Alternatively, the spa's concierge services take the pampering out of the spa and into the shells of stressed turtles or homes of customers, who may also request assistance with errands, laundry, and grocery pick-up.
Stacy Hansen wasn't satisfied with standard massage therapy training. After her initial certification in 1994, Stacy returned to complete 660 hours' worth of study at the Irene's Myomassology Institute of Southfield, Michigan in 2009. There she bulked up her knowledge of bodywork with added expertise in orthopedic and sports massage, lymphatic drainage and myofascial release, reflexology, and prenatal, hot stone, and aromatherapy massage. In 2013, she added cranial sacral studies to her already impressive resume.
At Body Therapy For Better Health, Stacy gets to show off her wide array of skills without tattooing them all over her face. For bodily aches, Stacy enlists everything from Swedish massage strokes to hot stones to ease pain.
Honey and raw silk aren’t two things normally associated with a spa, but at Beauty Within, they’re key components to reaching beauty and relaxation. Honey-dew facials moisturize and gently exfoliate the skin, thanks to honey’s alpha-hydroxy acids and humectants. And raw silk comes to play during the garshana massage, an ancient massage technique from India. The massage therapist wears special gloves made of raw silk and other fibers that help boost circulation and oxygen flow. Other services at Beauty Within include slimming body wraps and body sculpting.
Amid her self-named salon’s buttery-yellow walls, Quenlyn Watkins leads a staff savvy in hair, spa, and skincare services. Their specialties include:
Though they traffic in Swedish, hot-stone, and shiatsu massages and other traditional forms of bodywork, the therapists at Sacred Garden Healing Arts Center don't confine themselves to conventional treatments in designing their clients' pain-relief regimens. Instead they call upon such alternative therapies as reiki, which involves placing hands over the body's energy centers, and pranic healing, which manipulates the body's life force using a no-touch technique that won't be interrupted by rappers commanding people to throw their hands in the air like they just don't care. The center's treatments are meant to complement one another, so after craniosacral therapy or a Native American raindrop massage, patrons can retire to the salt room, where they can inhale air rich with Dead Sea salt, which can help to clear sinuses and relieve skin problems, among myriad other benefits.
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.