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.
It must have been Diane Kennedy's attention to detail that earned her honors from Phi Theta Kappa, which acknowledged her diligence as a massage-therapy student at Lansing Community College. She was also a motivated student in 1997, spurred by her high-school dream of helping people feel good in spite of their yearbook pictures. Now the healing force of Helpful Hands Massage Therapy, her fascination with feeling good persists, and has led her to earn certifications in reflexology and as an Infant Massage Instructor. The foundation of her repertoire is the relaxing Swedish style, which she augments with 11 other modalities of muscular therapy and energy work, including clinical massage, a facial-rejuvenation technique, and reiki.The years of thoughtful consideration shine through in her practice. Soft music or tapes of gurgling baby waterfalls play in her serene blue massage chamber, where a hand-painted mural evokes a flourishing flower garden under white clouds. Reflexology sessions include a spa treatment for feet, while paraffin-wax dips are also available to envelop weary limbs in soothing warmth.
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.
In 2000, licensed aesthetician Jennifer Friess graduated from the Douglas J. Aveda Institute, a beauty academy that served as her introduction to the wide world of spa treatments. She spent the next decade honing her skills in salons and spas, and her love for the profession grew in tandem with her profile. As Jennifer’s reputation continued to expand, it began to make sense for her to open her own studio space—a luxury that would allow her a measure of the freedom she was unable to enjoy while working for others.
Jennifer has achieved that freedom at Simply Bliss Spa and Esthetique, where she lavishes her regular clients with the kind of personal attention they deserve. Jennifer's spa services tend to focus on the skin, so waxing, facials, and Halloween mask removal are featured prominently on her spa’s menu. In addition to these treatments, she has been known to untie muscle knots with relaxation and deep-tissue massages.
Owner Janae Frantz founded her pedicure studio on the belief that “individual and community healing can be achieved simultaneously." In private pedicure rooms, she uses eco-friendly materials and vegan, organic SpaRitual products, which help make her environmental footprints smaller than a moccasin-clad hummingbird’s. She spreads these same conscientious business practices to people in her community by donating 10% of her spa’s proceeds to a different charity each month.
Massage and relaxation form the axis of Janae’s pedicures, and she folds her formal reflexology training into each session. Stringent sanitation practices are a hallmark of her treatments, with disposable foot files, nail files, and bowl liners bidding adieu after only one use.
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.