At International Therapeutic Massage, the staff values well-being above all else. They dedicate the full appointment to the massage, refusing to subtract any time for changing, a consultation, or a quick game of patty-cake to warm up the therapist’s hands. Once a client stretches out in one of 10 treatment rooms, the therapist goes to work using various techniques—deep-tissue, prenatal, or Swedish, for example. These techniques are designed not just to alleviate pain and discomfort, but also to improve mental well-being, promote self-healing, and enhance the immune system.
Bio Balance Therapy's staff works to shape silhouettes and smooth skin with massages, organic scrubs, and mineral-infused mud and seaweed wraps. During the cellulite massage, deft digits work to dislodge fatty deposits, clearing the way for overstayed toxins to escape the body inside “ahh” speech bubbles. An organic concoction of brown sugar, coconut milk, and orange rind, the body scrub gently exfoliates newly smoothed epidermises, and the parafango body wrap works to tighten skin with mineral-infused mud and firm pressure. During a libido-boost wrap, spa staff swathes bodies in organic seaweed mud, essential oils, and aphrodisiac herbs grown by French maids.
Sylvie Salei has strived to make people feel healthy, at ease, and looking good for more than 30 years. She has a number of ways of accomplishing that—she trained as an aesthetician in France and is a licensed massage therapist. Sylvie oversees a wide variety of services, from facials to waxing. Also available: at-home spa services as well as spa parties, although terry-cloth noisemakers will not be provided.
The human body is capable of healing itself. Health practitioners at Bowenwork Energetics use natural treatments to enhance the healing process. Bowenwork, a little-known holistic therapy that uses small, gentle rolling movements in precise locations on muscles, tendons, and nerves, sends messages to the automatic nervous system to prompt automatic brain commands to each area stimulated, causing the affected area to ‘reset’ itself to its default state. Bowenwork is believed to be able to improve circulation, rebalance the body, and relieve acute pain. Treating everything from migraines and carpal tunnel syndrome to sciatica, digestive problems, and back pain, practitioner and reiki master Surrinder Arora studies the detailed medical history of each of her clients before healing the body with Bowenwork treatments.
LaVida Massage's comfortable atmosphere and experienced therapists invite guests of all ages and genders to unwind and improve their emotional and physical well-being. During a one-hour massage, one of LaVida's skilled deck hands untangles back knots, helping to banish stress from the body. The deep-tissue massage accesses the deepest layers of soft tissue and targets specific muscle groups to drain wells of pain and soreness. Light- to medium-pressured long strokes soothe sore muscles during Swedish massages, and prenatal-massage maneuvers gently alleviate the discomfort associated with pregnancy. This LaVida Massage location houses several elegantly appointed private treatment rooms in calming earth-tones, and an experienced staff trained in both the science and art of massage and nurturing by especially paternal penguins. Locales stay open seven days a week and offer weeknight extended hours, so clients can squeeze some relaxation into hectic electric-shoveling schedules.
At Tamara Spa + Wellness—named one of the Best Spas in Detroit by Hour Detroit in 2010, 2013 and 2013 Best Manicure and Pedicure—the licensed staff has been saving jeopardized digits and parched pores with in-depth treatments for 30 years. Comprising 10,000 square feet, the spa boasts nearly 30 private treatment rooms in which to enjoy soothing massages enhanced with soft lighting and soothing music. Or, try the rain forest water journey treatment—a therapeutic punch of eucalyptus steam made all the more serene by the addition of falling water and the gentle harmonies of an all-toucan jazz trio. Candlelit whirlpool tubs invite bodies to soak away inches or stress in baths filled with milk and honey or firming and toning tonics, and miniature pedicure tubs welcome feet to soak away walking woes with help from soothing sea salts and oils. A dozen or so facials see the spa's aestheticians personalizing each step to suit skin's specific needs, leading a writer for Spa Magazine to declare, "My skin never looked and felt so good."