The team at European Spa Boutique administers a thoughtful blend of naturally derived and technologically advanced treatments. A less-irritating, antiseptic wax made from soybeans is used for hair removal, and heated lava stones warm achy muscles during body treatments. For the extensive selection of facials, aestheticians call upon both methods of treatment: botanical extracts calm acned skin, chemical peels are harvested from chocolate and berries, and microcurrent and LED-light therapies are designed to increase collagen production and dissipate fine lines.
After Kim Russom graduated from the Capri College of Massage Therapy and received her state licensure and national certification in 2007, she began working professionally as a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), ultimately establishing her own practice inside the quaint brick walls of The Chiropractic Well Being Center in 2011. Now, she and her team focuses on problematic pain areas inside a pacific blue treatment room reminiscent of a soothing night sky. Kim and fellow LMT Sheela Hart specialize in deep-tissue massage, and often target specific ailments—such as headaches and chronic pain—with a customized mixture of deep pressure, trigger-point therapy, scalp massages, and stretches. They'll soon be joined by a third LMT, whose own expertise and extra pair of hands will help them heal as many clients as possible. In addition to delivering massages, the team also provides clients with helpful information on how to best treat muscles, including assigning specific stretching exercises and posture-creating routines that can enhance the power of a massage.
Resident massage therapist Alicia Bruce frees her clients from long-held tension during private sessions. Her carefully trained fingers ease aches during relaxing Swedish massages and precisely place heated basalt stones during hot-stone massages to warm deep-seated muscles that are sore from their owners posing as Atlas. Reflexology sessions focus on trigger points in the hands and feet, working to release congestion throughout the body and stimulate circulation. Alicia also packages massage sessions with spa services such as mani-pedis or facials to create an afternoon of pampering.
Solace Therapeutic Massage's experienced massage therapists soothe patrons with an arsenal of relaxing and clinical modalities. Like chemists at a soda fountain, clients can mix and match their own modalities or allow the therapist to tailor the treatment as they see fit with techniques such as polarity therapy or positional release. Swedish techniques apply gentle pressure and massage muscles in the same direction as blood returning to the heart from its circulatory sojourn, attempting to coax toxins out of their homes while better oxygenating the body. Clinical techniques delve into the musculature in search of the causes behind such persistent discomforts as back pain, tennis elbow, and chess wrist. Reflexology treatments target the feet with a specialized therapy that spends approximately 30 minutes attempting to rebalance the corporeal systems before finishing the hour with a full-body massage. The staff also prevents the need to rub the back on a telephone pole by performing prenatal and sports massages.
The College Store stocks its scholarly shelves with a serious selection of Michigan State University apparel and merchandise. Prevent upper bodies from going naked into the world with a raspy-voiced Izzone T-shirt ($18) or prep yourself for an ivory-towered death match with a plush Spartan helmet ($19.99). Turn buckeyes green with envy with a 2010 Big Ten Championship hat or let your academically aggressive tween profess his or her loyalties with a stylish pair of kids' scrubs ($15.99). The College Store also carries an extensive gift section featuring pennants ($14.99), tailgating cups ($3.99), and MSU basketball backboard pins ($4.99) so neighborhood gym rats can run miniature post-up drills against your flexed bicep.
Like a successful quarterback who got his start tossing a football on the back lawn, owner Kian Edmonds unknowingly began his career by giving massages to family members. Emboldened by the positive feedback, he decided to embark on formal training and soon found work in hospitals administering massages to exhausted EKG machines. Now the head of Heaven's Door, Kian mollifies aches and relaxes tense bodies with deft aromatherapeutic massage.