Elements Day Spa pampers over-stressed guests and effortlessly brings beauty within reach with a plethora of energizing options. During the 60-minute signature facial treatment, a skilled spa technician applies one of 298 customized concoctions, designed to rehydrate parched skin cells and smooth coarsened complexions. Included with the facial is a soothing massage that will loosen lymph nodes and knead tension from hands and feet. Reclined relaxers can treat their people-paws to a spa pedicure and sport digits that dazzle onlookers like an elephant balancing on a giant disco ball. Exfoliation and paraffin treatments reinvigorate fatigued feet, and the nail shaping and polish application transform under-dressed appendages into striking flip-flop fillers. The finger-focused can make over dowdy digits with a shellac manicure that replaces harsh chemicals with hypoallergenic products. A UV lamp is used to set the shellac and eliminate drying time, creating a flawless gloss that can last for up to two weeks.
While working under the guidance of a chiropractor and physical therapist, massage therapist Lori Boyer learned how skeletal and muscular manipulation can release both physical and mental tension. Now at the helm of her own salon, she helps clients reach balance through an assortment of therapeutic massage styles. She utilizes up to 50 heated basalt stones in order to soothe muscles during hot-stone massages, and she applies strategic, targeted pressure to relieve chronic pain during deep-tissue massages. She can complement these popular modalities with detoxifying hot wraps or reflexology, which unblocks nerve impulses throughout the body to release stored tension and accidentally swallowed gum.
The musculature experts at Inspire Therapies promote relaxation from head to toe with a menu of indulgent massage services. From classic Swedish and deep-tissue kneads to lavish modalities that soothe muscles with hot rocks or bamboo rods, the team draws on an expansive vocabulary of techniques to melt stresses built up in limbs and backsides. Foot reflexology grants battle-weary toes a reprieve from military boots with deep, localized pressure, and hot herbal wraps swathe limbs and cores in moisturizing essential oils. Massage therapists can also pack up their five-fingered implements and travel to private residences. Bride’s-day indulgences pamper spouses-to-be with lavender eye pillows and mini face rejuvenations, and girls’ nights-in ditch the club scene in favor of tantalizing chair massages and skin-softening paraffin hand dips.
HealthQuest's nonsurgical treatments have raised many eyebrows in the sports world, especially around the locker rooms at Ford Field. The center often finds itself the temporary home to some of Detroit's gridiron greats, who take advantage of the staff's non-invasive chiropractic treatments—which combine the power of pulsed laser light and traditional chiropractic care to alleviate knots and aches—to stay in Sunday shape. Non-football clients also find relief, consulting with HealthQuest's doctors on treatments to increase blood flow, decrease inflammation, and promote soft tissue healing.
With a variety of massage methods at her disposal, nationally certified therapist Christine Ecklesdafer glides her dexterous hands over aching muscles as guests float away on a cloud of relaxation. Using Thai massage techniques, Christine compresses muscles, moves joints, and applies acupressure therapy as she nudges patrons into sinew-softening positions. Alternatively, hot-stone massages incorporate heated stones with kneads along the body's acupressure points to melt away muscle tension like crayons in the microwave. The 50- or 60-minute kneading sessions can yield a number of health benefits, including increased circulation and an improved range of motion.
Long-time Suddenly Slender clients and product proponents, Nurturing U Spa owners Carol and Marla now share these torso-tautening mineral-body-wrap methods with the Flint area. The SlenderTone wrap claims to harness the electrical fields of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and enzymes to tighten, tone, and reshape the body into a visibly slimmer figure without dieting or laborious exercise (a $90 value). A Nurturing U Spa aesthetician envelops the body in a non-dehydrating cocoon, then encourages patients to engage in mild physical activity or strenuous word-search puzzle to promote circulation while the treatment takes effect. After about an hour, once-curvy caterpillars emerge as smoother, more slender butterflies.