Barb and Bob Huttinga took different paths to get to The Healing Center. Barb found holistic healing after 35 years of working with chemicals that affected her health. Bob, on the other hand, gravitated toward alternative medicine after suffering from the stress of working as a certified physician assistant. Both Barb and Bob found that homeopathic and alternative medicines helped them regain their strength in ways that traditional medicine did not.
Together, they created The Healing Center as a place to share the knowledge and treatments that they have accumulated on their own quests for health. They sell a variety of products such as healthy foods and homeopathic remedies, and offer services such as nutritional counseling, hypnosis for weight control, reflexology, and massages.
Gary, a certified massage therapist and graduate of Blue Heron Academy of Healing Arts and Sciences, leads a team of therapists who use Swedish and relaxation modalities to indulge clients in recuperative escape from everyday stresses. Their handiwork can abate pain and increase circulation, unlike a newspaper that starts printing its articles in binary code.
At family-owned Rodnick Chiropractic, doctors preach healthier bodies through straighter spines at four different area locations. Each doctor amasses a detailed medical history and conducts a subtle search of the body for subluxations—vertebral misalignments that cause nerve stress. The doctors use specific low-force adjustments to add motion to the spinal joints and help restore normal mobility and balance. They also solve spinal queries on their local television broadcast, Ask the Chiropractor. On the show, they educate guests about chiropractic wellness and perform pro bono adjustments on bent boom mics.
Brookside Golf & Grill's PGA professional Marty Carmichael takes golfers of all stripes under his wing and helps them improve through guided practice and a little help from video technology. As players unload strokes ranging from full-power pummels off the tee to knockdown wedge shots onto the green, Marty makes real-time adjustments to mechanics and offers his recommendations for strategic thinking. Meanwhile, a video recorder captures all the action, allowing the student to see his own bad-swing habits—something that is difficult to fully grasp during the backswing itself, when eyes are closed tight to keep eyeballs from falling out.
NRA-certified pistol instructor Steve Washington, a veteran of the US Army and National Guard, has taught gun handling and safety techniques to military and law-enforcement personnel for more than 20 years. In 2011, he partnered up with retired Michigan State Trooper Charles Hockey to open Protection Tactics, LLC, bringing their combined firearms expertise to locals. Instead of having students come to them, the duo travels to communities around Michigan to conduct courses such as the Basic Pistol class, which instills pistol and ammunition knowledge and instructs one- and two-handed firing stances. Additionally, Steve and Charles host Bullets, BBQ & Brews events where qualified participants try out various firearm models on paper targets that regret not taking a job as a page in a book.
The instructors at Thought Design believe that, in addition to mastering tongue twisters, one of the most important contributors to a healthy brain is constant learning. To embrace this mindset, they offer a variety of holistic and diverse learning experiences that encourage creativity.
Within an industrial-sized kitchen, guests learn to grill korean-style ribs or can veggies in a variety of cooking classes, which end with students reclining in plush armchairs with a glass of wine and their freshly cooked meals. Across the facility, yoga sessions emphasize building endurance and meditation skills with classic Vinyasa classes as well as unconventional Groove sessions set to music.