Owner Annette Bennett's background in bodywork goes back nine years, a large portion of which she spent helping chiropractors alleviate injuries associated with auto accidents and modeling for surrealist portraits. Those years proved so influential that she's currently working toward her own chiropractic license. "I want to be all about total health," she explains.
This holistic philosophy informs every aspect of Cloud 9 Therapeutic Massage, from the bodywork itself to an atmosphere designed to promote deep relaxation. A soundtrack of Indian flute music greets visitors to the dimly lit treatment room, as do the botanical fragrances of aromatherapy oils. Annette seems to derive as much satisfaction from these oils as her clients. "I like the Oriental-style essential oils,” she admits. “Sometimes I'll open the bottle and smell it, and it calms me right down."
For more than a decade, Organic Healing Center's Dr. Bretz has rejuvenated physiques using only his hands and whole-food supplements, teaching patients to continue their healing processes at home by imparting his extensive knowledge of healthy-lifestyle habits. The doctor builds his practice on a cornerstone of chiropractic adjustments and therapeutic massages. But to further foster whole body well being, Dr. Bretz also thinks outside the health and wellness box and aims to heal patients with the use of nutrition response testing and accelerated allergy-clearing techniques (AACT). Each test commits to deciphering the cause of the client’s chronic pains by using non-invasive methods that assess their internal-energy flow by checking acupuncture points and observing the movement of a spiritually charged windsock.
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.
Salon 130’s owner, Jena—a 28-year veteran of the beauty industry—graduated from MaChere Beauty Academy and worked as a hair-color educator before opening her full-service salon and spa. Along with a staff of licensed manicurists and aestheticians, certified massage therapists, and experienced stylists—including Niki LaBelle, who earned the Lansing State Journal’s People’s Choice Award for Best Stylist in 2011—she pampers patrons with a range of spa and beauty services.
Pale green trim and pastel walls invoke a playful ambiance in the salon, where stylists cut, color, and coif hair. Manicurists pamper hands, feet, and eagle talons with traditional, Shellac, and acrylic nail services, including one-hour pedicures set in private spa rooms. In the spa, three soothing facials and two body wraps purify skin, and chemical peels, spray tans, waxes, and makeup applications augment clients’ beauty. Cares wind away as massage therapists draw on Swedish, deep-tissue, sports, and trigger-point techniques to knead away aches and pains.
In a vintage brick building constructed in the 1930s, Ara Bella Salon’s staff renovates styles and sets minds at ease with an array of services for hair, nails, and body. Beauticians sculpt new hairstyles for men, women, and children and pair manicures and pedicures with nourishing paraffin treatments. To make a day of it, massage therapists knead weary muscles for up to 90 minutes per session, and skincare experts remove unwanted facial fuzz with precise waxing. To celebrate special occasions, such as birthdays and bridal showers, guests can indulge in packages that include spa pedicures and updos.
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.