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.
Max Well Physical Therapy & Massage's skilled therapists have been helping treat and prevent injury for 24 years. In private rooms, massage therapists employ eight massage modalities, including trigger-point and deep-tissue treatments, to help relieve stress and pain. In addition to case-specific treatments, structured physical-therapy programs help clients tackle common issues from low-back pain to stroke rehabilitation.
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.
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.
At Infinity Health Care Center, Steven Otte and his staff administer massages that are carefully tailored to each client's unique aches and pains. Otte specializes in myofascial release, a modality focused on the body's network of connective tissue, or fascia. The technique can help restore lost range of motion by releasing any stiffness caused by inflammation, injury, or accidentally bathing in hairspray. Other massage styles range from intense deep tissue massage to reflexology, which can alleviate back pain while strengthening immune systems.