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.
Amid her self-named salon’s buttery-yellow walls, Quenlyn Watkins leads a staff savvy in hair, spa, and skincare services. Their specialties include:
Truth Beauty & Wellness Spa's green-minded staff of estheticians and therapists beckons passersby to escape the hustle and bustle of the outside world and mellow out to a menu of eco-friendly treatments powered by all-natural, organic products. Sips from chakra-balancing teas and wafts of aromatherapy scents drift achy physiques toward tranquility during the spa's tension-releasing massages, which include Swedish, hot-stone, and deep-tissue modalities. Rather than waiting for adult swim at the local tar pit, guests can shed unwanted bodily fuzz with hair-removal services using plant-based wax. Truth Beauty's manicurists adds aesthetic allure to natural backscratchers with a variety of vegan nail treatments that completely eschew animal byproducts.
Exuding an Asian-inspired ambiance, Revitalize Health and Beauty's 2,000-square-foot facility features slate floors decorated with oriental rugs, plants, and fountains. Framed prints of Asian characters line the clay walls housing eight treatment rooms, where guests enjoy services ranging from massages to facials to manicures and pedicures. Before or after treatments, guests may head to the relaxation room and melt their worries away with a warm cup of tea, refreshing glass of water, or quick nap under the coffee table. Staffers exclusively use Bioelements skincare products and the spa's own line of organic bodycare products, Revitalize Organics, during each treatment.
A pale shade of robin's-egg blue washes over Spa Mariana's walls, throwing into stark relief the Asian-inspired décor lacquered in black and red. As the décor convinces guests’ eyes of the spa owner's aesthetic capability, their minds and bodies are relaxed at the hands of a trained massage therapist, yoga teacher, or esthetician. Clients seeking more specialized services can opt for a lesson in the Feldenkrais Method, a process that focuses the brain on forming new patterns to correct poor posture and unnecessary muscle contractions. Alternatively, clients can converse with the resident nutrition counselor to clean up eating habits or confirm that tomatoes are a fruit and cotton candy is a gift sent from the Greek god of carnival foodstuffs.