The human body is composed of hundreds of individual bones and muscles, none of which would work in harmony were it not for two essential elements: the mind and the soul. The therapists of Core Healing Bodyworks do everything in their power to ensure that body, mind, and soul are operating on the same page. This means that their massages don’t just treat physical ailments; they penetrate the body’s outer layers to relieve stress and relax anxieties. Aside from classic Swedish and deep-tissue treatments, the therapists offer special modalities, such as hot-stone therapy and reflexology. Reflexology treatments work to balance the body’s energies by applying pressure to specific points on the hands, feet, and dorsal fins.
Diane Hawkins, the certified massage therapist and namesake of Healing Hands Massage by Diane, brings relief to minds and bodies through a wide array of massage modalities. The gentle, flowing strokes of her Swedish massages relax the body and give the mind a break from everyday stressors, and her deep-tissue massages target specific areas of tension and soreness. During concentrated massages, she focuses kneads on a single area of complaint, such as a sore neck or a funny bone that won't stop telling knock-knock jokes. She also specializes in reflexology and chair massages that hone in on the neck, back, and shoulders.
At Blissful Therapeutic Massage, Trisha Long treats massages as preventive mental and physical health measures. Soothed sighs drift from clients in treatment rooms during therapeutic massages modalities such as Swedish and deep tissue. Refreshing facials also help customers relax as their visages are cleansed and moisturized.
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.
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.
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.
Before and after her classes at California State University, Long Beach, Anne Hobbs would go on long jogs along the Pacific coastline. The routine served as informal training, preparing Anne for the many 10K races and marathons she'd eventually run with her twin sister, Amy. Inspired by the sisters' athleticism, healthy lifestyles, and abilities to leap over tall buildings, friends and strangers began asking them for advice on reaching their own personal fitness goals. And so began Anne's career as a personal trainer—a career that's been changing lives for more than 25 years.
In 2003, Anne decided to give her wisdom a more permanent headquarters and opened Harmony Massage & Bodywork. Inside the 1,200-square-foot studio, she helps clients get into shape with a diverse mixture of seasonal classes from yoga to spinning to TRX suspension training. To make sure that everyone gets optimum results, Anne holds one-on-one consultations with each client before they begin training and only allows 50 people to enroll per season. Clients may also unwind atop the massage room's heated table as Anne uses Swedish or deep-tissue techniques to relieve tension.: