Back N' Body's licensed therapists unleash an arsenal of massage techniques that allows soreness to escape the body in a rush of relaxation. During the Swedish massage, an expert muscle mender administers a combination of long, gliding strokes, circular motions, and firm kneads to relieve backaches caused by sleeping on whack-a-mole machines. Weekend warriors and competitive athletes alike abandon their stresses with a sports massage, which can help reduce injury recovery time, improve endurance, and promote flexibility. The prenatal massage awards mothers-to-be with a soothing session designed to alleviate the physical ailments associated with impersonating a kangaroo. During 90-minute hot-stone treatments, clients lay on heated tables as therapists situate smooth, heated rocks on key points of the body to relax deep muscle tissues and ease physical and emotional tension.
Massage therapist Bee Queener channels her training at Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy and passion for helping to ease discomfort and pain into custom therapeutic massages. Bon Vitale Naturale massage oil helps Bee's hands to skate smoothly over the skin as they apply targeted pressure on client-chosen areas, untying knots and easing aches in modalities ranging from Swedish massage to myofascial-release therapy. Beyond banishing discomfort from backs during massage sessions, the spa's custom facial massage services—in addition to perfecting the skin—seek to ease tension from the face, neck, and jawline, helping clients to swiftly chew steak without help from mother birds. In keeping with her own personal vegan habits, Bee uses vegan facial products from Lush, carefully chosen to match each client’s unique skinscape.
Bee’s ground-level office employs warm orange tones to elicit feelings of health and vitality. The welcoming atmosphere encourages patrons to express their needs and comfort levels, and in keeping with this philosophy, clients can undress as much or as little as they like, lounging beneath professional draping or keeping on beloved aluminum foil cardigans.
Licensed massage therapist Bilky Joda-Miller believes that massage can do more than just loosen tight muscles. That’s why her signature services go beyond full-body massages—including those for children and infants—to include regimens geared toward the pain relief and detoxification of fertility and prenatal clients. Her belief in the healing nature of her art also extends to cancer survivors and their caregivers, whom she grants special discounts. Whatever their background may be, clients begin their treatment by settling onto a cozy massage table as soft notes of soothing music keep their minds centered and their spirits providing beatbox accompaniment.
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.
Fluffy green sheets and scented jasmine vanilla oil mark two of the most recent upgrades that massage therapist Crystal Earl is constantly making to help ensure her clients get the most out of their time at Fairy's Touch Massage. The studio's owner and sole therapist, her specialties range from gentle Swedish to soothing hot-stone massage, though she gladly customizes each session to match her clients' aches, pains, and favorite disco songs. Clients can seek out Crystal's services amid her zen, teal-colored treatment suite or enjoy their massage in the comfort of their own home for an additional fee.
Stepping into Coterie Purlieu is almost like stepping into another world, and not just because of the foreign-sounding name. After a customs officer confiscates your stress and tension at the door, dip your hands into a bath of warm water or recline as the spa’s massage therapists untie your knots. Soothing facials wipe skin clean of dirt and grime, tanning booths bestow skin with golden color no matter the season, and waxing services swiftly remove hair and bumper stickers from the last election cycle.
For more than 20 years, massage therapist Willow has been relaxing muscles and evaporating stress with a range of modalities. She uses the long, gliding strokes of a Swedish massage to ease minor aches and applies deep-tissue kneads to relieve chronic pain. Willow turns her focus to balancing energy with hands-on shiatsu and reiki techniques. In addition to massage, she attempts to rid bodies of toxins with Ionic detox footbaths.