Tree of Life’s dedicated therapists ease aches with restorative massages performed in serene rooms while soft music permeates the air. After determining each client's desired outcome and preferred treatment areas, they hunker down to untie tricky muscle knots and french braid fraying tendons. Smooth, gliding strokes culled from several massage modalities tend to overworked muscles and melt tension into a conveniently positioned bucket. The enticing aromas of pure essential oils fill the air during treatments, promoting relaxation for all of the senses.
The experienced yogis at Bikram Yoga Grosse Pointe lead students through 26 poses and two breathing exercises in a heated room, a practice designed to prompt a cleansing sweat as pupils center, strengthen, and lengthen muscles. In classes held seven days a week in the morning, afternoon, and evening, students sweat out toxins and test the authenticity of their Hypercolor T-shirts while performing body-bending exercises under the watchful eye of Bikram Yoga Grosse Pointe's skilled instructors. Sessions last 90 minutes, and Bikram Yoga Grosse Pointe welcomes all students in spite of age, skill level, body type, or history of unpaid parking tickets. Students who don't have their own yoga mat can rent, purchase, or weave one at the studio.
At Yoga Shelter, you won't hear esoteric chants echoing through the halls or meditation music reverberating from rock-shaped speakers. That's because founder Eric Paskel wants to make yoga accessible for all students, whether they're searching for inner peace or a more toned bod. Contemporary and classic music accompanies classes that range from Yoga Rocks, which focuses on sequenced postures, to classes like Xflowsion, a combination of yoga, martial arts, and dance that can be repeated at home or at your boss's wedding reception. There is no hierarchy of classes; each 60- to 75-minute session is open to all skill levels. As Paskel himself puts it on his about page, “What's different about us is that we admit we have issues, we know we have work to do—if you can relate to that, you'll love this place.”
At BodyLight Fat Loss Centers, which maintains a commitment to customer satisfaction, trained technicians harness the power of LED bulbs to keep their patients looking slim and youthful. Their signature treatment uses an array of LEDs to shrink fat cells and dispose of excess fat across the entire body, resulting in a slimmer figure. Other LED treatments include facial skin rejuvenation and skin tightening.
Zu Cru Fitness instructor Dru is just as comfortable helming kickboxing workouts as he is taking center stage at a Latin-inspired Zumba dance party. Armed with an AFAA group-exercise certification and dance-instructor training, Dru has more than a decade of fitness experience. His studio's workouts range from Pilates and spinning to weight-training sessions.
A longtime resident of Windsor, Dr. Patrick Smith, M.D. returned to the area after completing medical school and opened a family practice in 1987. He enjoyed the work but longed to transition into dermatology, for which he held both a passion and professional training. Years later, he assembled a team of estheticians and opened his namesake skincare clinic: Dr. P.X. Smith Medical Cosmetics.
Open for more than seven years, the clinic offers cosmetic and medical-grade services including Botox and Juvederm, laser skin-resurfacing treatments, and mole removal from both faces and lawns. Dr. Smith performs all medical consultations and directly supervises treatments performed by his highly trained staff.
As a skincare expert, the doctor is dedicated to educating his community about the dangers of excessive sun exposure. He worked at the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre before starting his family practice and coordinated the Mark Hunt Melanoma Awareness Fund-Raising Walk to heighten awareness of skin cancer, particularly malignant melanoma.