Yoga Fusion Studio gets practitioners limber during heated and non-heated Vinyasa classes. The slow and flowing asanas link motions to deep and controlled breathing exercises in an effort to help students harmonize with the natural rhythm of the body. The teachers come from a wide range of backgrounds—some with decades of professional ballet experience—and the studios refresh the soul with natural lighting and cool, subdued color schemes. In addition to yoga classes, the studio keeps workouts interesting with mat Pilates classes.
After graduating from University of Michigan, licensed acupuncturist Catherine Van Til earned her master’s degree from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and has practiced acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine ever since. She uses this 2,000-year-old form of treatment as a way to combat everything from addiction to urinary-tract infections to handfuls of balloons that clients no longer need. Catherine specializes in digestion and intestinal issues, migraines, and anxiety-related problems.
Relaxzen Spa is a noise-free, stress-free oasis where clients can escape the rigmarole of daily life and indulge in "me" time. Faced with tense muscles or insider knowledge of a weak lock on the zoo's badger cage, clients can unwind under a massage or feel free-radicals flee their body during detoxifying sauna sessions. The spa's certified skincare professionals evaluate clients' skin before performing any of their signature facials which—like all their services—are customized to each individual.
Twenty years in the hair industry has afforded Linda VanSweden plenty of time to sharpen her skills. Her extensive training involves the newest hair cutting and coloring techniques, as well as perms. In addition to cutting away overgrown locks, she performs mani-pedis and removes unwanted hair on eyebrows, upper lips, and tongues with waxing services.
Dr. Ben Gillis helps to heal patients suffering from such diverse chronic pains and injuries as headaches, whiplash, scoliosis, and sciatica. Treatments begin with a consultation, then follow with a thorough neurological and orthopedic spinal exam to locate the source of aches, pains, and rumors about the coccyx's private life. If necessary, patients undergo a set of x-rays (a $90 value). Once he has identified problem areas, the good doctor advises clients on a course of treatment before ferrying them off to the tranquil massage room for a one-hour muscle kneading (an $80 value). During the deep-tissue massage, the certified massage therapist targets trouble spots and connective tissue, helping to ease chronic pain and alleviate injury aches.