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.
Amanda Summers, a member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals organization, knows how to deliver more than just a basic back massage. Having helped heal thousands of clients and a couple of very life-like mannequins, Amanda has grown her arsenal of treatments to include a diverse set of massage modalities such as hot stone, pregnancy, and Swedish body treatments. A massage with Amanda can provide benefits that deal with pain, stress, and headaches.
At New Beginnings Fair, staff members strive to help their clients find health and peace, and they have several methods for achieving these goals. They are certified in various styles of massage, including medical, deep tissue, and hot stone, as well as other holistic services, helping to heal what ails clients in the present. The center also hosts fitness classes, leading participants through soothing hot-yoga workouts that stretch both body and mind.
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.