Licensed massage therapist Kimberly Beattie Aller plies her trade at Grosse Ile Massage in Lotus Studio, located on the idyllic island of Grosse Ile. There, she offers a wealth of massage modalities, relaxing and healing her clients with Swedish, deep-tissue, prenatal, acupressure, biomat treatments, and reflexology techniques, which involve applying pressure to feet, hands, or ears.
Virtually no aesthetic concerns go unaddressed at Essentials Spa and Salon, which employs a diverse team of stylists and aestheticians as well as med-spa technicians armed with contemporary cosmetic technology. The salon staff keeps its clients looking sharp by pampering tresses with haircare products by Moroccanoil, KMS, and L'Oréal Professional, and the nail technicians augment their mani-pedis with everything from paraffin dips to agave-nectar rubs.
The massage therapists treat concerns beneath the surface by kneading overstressed muscles with a variety of soothing modalities, but the med-spa team also strives to effect deeper changes. Overseen by Dr. Michael Lesser, the technicians can employ cutting-edge equipment and products, including microdermabrasion wands, a cosmetic laser system, and clinical-strength skincare balms. These treatments collectively rejuvenate the skin while minimizing the appearance of blemishes that typically accompany aging, sun exposure, or frequent naps in a bathtub full of wet newspapers.
Mark Reed has been a massage therapist since 1992, but he's constantly updating his education to keep his skills in tip-top shape. He specializes in neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, and deep-tissue massage, and his trained digits utilize relaxation-focused, injury-healing, and prenatal modalities. Reed's priority is in maintaining a quiet, clean office, but those who prefer to be massaged in mud pits surrounded by marching bands can arrange home and office calls.
Martoni’s Salon cultivates hand and foot beauty and health with a 75-minute mani-pedi. Between the gold- and merlot-hued salon walls, a professional cuticle guru evaluates fingers, toes, and surveillance footage of nail biting to determine the client’s treatment needs. In a flurry of whittling fervor, the technician’s skilled fingers painstakingly trim and shape talons to their ideal symmetry. With all 20 nails proudly shining in salon light, the client’s choice of color polish bolsters style street cred without imparting the coercive vibe associated with bedazzled brass knuckles.
The specialized staff at Salon Stewart helps clients keep up appearances and muscle-morale with hair and massage services. After a swift style consultation kicks off an hour-long cut and style, the precise snips of the stylist’s well-trained scissors and the gentle breath of the blow-dryer can frame noggins with sleek strands that bounce, shimmy, or tickle enemies on command. Alternatively, opt to pick from the salon’s smorgasbord of hair services—hair-owners can transform texture with a permanent wave ($80+) or change ponytail hues with two-toned highlights ($90+). Stylists can also prep coiffures for glam-rock bar mitzvahs or red-carpet PowerPoint presentations with special-occasion styling ($60+).
VIP Salon and Spa offers a full menu of aesthetic services. Relax in one of six private pedicure rooms outfitted with pipeless pedicure bowls and Sealy Posturepedic massage chairs. An expert nail technician soaks, scrubs, moisturizes, and polishes your twenty DNA-capturers with a luxurious mani-pedi. VIP's keratin-based Brazilian blowout safely secures silky smooth strands without harsh chemicals such as formaldehyde. A stylist will wield an arsenal of natural products that rejuvenate tresses ravaged by sun, chlorine, and rubber cement, adding a luxurious shine.
Committed to holistic healing techniques, the licensed aestheticians at Somata Spa cool and soothe bodies plagued by environmental impurities with 60-minute body wraps. The hot fango lava mud wrap targets bodily tightness with localized heat and a foot and leg massage, easing pain and soreness caused by overworked muscles and live-porcupine loofahs. Issue misbehaved skin an eviction notice with the sea salt body glow, which scrubs parched pelts with natural sea salt and essential oils before a warm shower and whipped moisturizer calm exhilarated skin. The seaweed wrap fortifies epidermal edifices with mineral-rich ocean flora, drawing out toxins more conveniently than an excursion to a spa nestled at the heart of an eerie underwater mer-kingdom.