Owner and licensed massage therapist Juan Medina's commitment to comfort adds a personal touch to MiStar Massage, which he named after his daughters, Miya and Starla. As a military veteran, Medina approaches healing with compassion and diligence, personally consulting with clients to identify their individual treatment goals before kneading muscles with fully body, clinical, and trigger point massages. The private treatment room at MiStar exudes a vibrant personality, with bold crimson walls bedecked with a Spanish guitar, Russian nesting dolls, and other multicultural artwork. To personalize each treatment, Medina encourages guests to bring their own iPod or organ grinder monkey along to play their preferred music.
A certified massage therapist helms CitySpa Massage & Bodywork, customizing treatments to each and every clients' individual needs. Swedish massage, denoted by its light to medium pressure and long, fluid strokes, can purge tension and stress from muscles. CitySpa offers a myriad techniques such as positional release, trigger-point therapy, or deep-pressure massage, each perfect for dissipating specific bodily aches. Body wraps and facials fortified with Cures by Avancé products heighten relaxation even more, but not quite as much as the spa's pampering packages, which include a massage and a facial.
The certified reflexologists at Rejuvenesence Reflexology believe that the body is always communicating itself, and they specialize in listening. Using their hands like tuning forks, the team detects physical and emotional disharmony through the hands and soles of the feet and attempts to restore balance through applied pressure. Each treatment ensconces clients in a soothing atmosphere marked by aromatherapy inside a private treatment room.
For more than 20 years, massage therapist Willow has been relaxing muscles and evaporating stress with a range of modalities. She uses the long, gliding strokes of a Swedish massage to ease minor aches and applies deep-tissue kneads to relieve chronic pain. Willow turns her focus to balancing energy with hands-on shiatsu and reiki techniques. In addition to massage, she attempts to rid bodies of toxins with Ionic detox footbaths.
If a cornucopia could grow to the size of a city block, it would look something like Lansing City Market. On a typical day, baskets brim with peppers, squash, and turnips from local farms, and homemade pies flaunt fillings as sweet and colorful as the rainbow that fathered Shirley Temple. Nearly 20 year-round merchants chat with passersby, telling the stories behind handmade wares such as soaps, chutneys, and garden statues. At Caruso's Candy Kitchen, kids ogle hand-dipped chocolates and bins of bulk candy, which teem with gummi bears and Jelly Belly jellybeans. Adults gather around the tables at Uncle John's Fruit House Winery, drinking in the flavors of Michigan's orchards with free samples of cherry wine and apple brandy. To make shopping as enjoyable as possible, Market Place Massage's trio of therapists melts muscle knots and undigested cheese logs with trigger-point therapy and flowing Swedish massage strokes.
The team at European Spa Boutique administers a thoughtful blend of naturally derived and technologically advanced treatments. A less-irritating, antiseptic wax made from soybeans is used for hair removal, and heated lava stones warm achy muscles during body treatments. For the extensive selection of facials, aestheticians call upon both methods of treatment: botanical extracts calm acned skin, chemical peels are harvested from chocolate and berries, and microcurrent and LED-light therapies are designed to increase collagen production and dissipate fine lines.