Although Claudia Sosulski's memories of lavender fields in France inspired her latest spa, Lavender Garden Day Spa—as reported by MLive—it has been her more than seven years as a massage therapist that inspired her to offer a range of healing spa services. This includes deep-cleansing facials with Elina Organics, handmade skincare products, infrared sauna sessions to naturally detoxify bodies, and custom massage sessions in an ashiatsu therapy room.
Inspiring Hands helps battered bodies return to tip-top shape with a range of wellness services, such as hot-stone massages, ashiatsu foot therapy, and detoxification. The pomegranate pampering treatment harnesses the therapeutic power of its namesake fruit, a superfood that helps increase the body's natural skin-protecting antioxidant glutathione, for a luscious 60 minutes of warm, moisturizing skin rehabilitation. Dehydrated dermises start their healing with a deep exfoliation that scrubs away lollygagging dead cells and unveils a cleaner, fresher layer of skin. The body's natural envelope is then enveloped in a lush hydrating wrap, which provides intense hydration through a rich balm made from wheat germ, shea butter, and avocado that, like the heart of a lonely snowman, instantly melts when it touches skin.
Tucked inside the Forum Building, Avantè Hair & Day Spa’s six-person staff tends to clients with a diverse roster of salon and beauty services. Specialties include hair, feather, and tinsel extensions, color and texture services, and Redken conditioning treatments.
Certified massage therapist Pamela Tucker picked up some of her skills while studying at the Kalamazoo Center for the Healing Arts, and some while taking classes in Chicago and Battle Creek. Other techniques, though, she learned while relaxing on massage tables in Jamaica and the Bahamas. All of her expertise comes together at Massage Kalamazoo, where she uses cups that create a gentle suction and warm volcanic basalt stones from Texas, which provide heat and comfort, like a hug from a poncho salesman.
The stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists at Identities the Salon make sure clients look fabulous and feel relaxed from the top of their heads to the bottom of their feet. During hair services, the staff expertly crafts new looks with precision cuts, color, and texturizing services, which use products such as Matrix, Paul Mitchell, Redken, and Pureology. Custom facials slough away dead skin cells, and hot-stone massages melt tension with radiating waves of warmth. Pedicure recipients can confidently display their pampered toes, which wear coats of durable Shellac or OPI gel polish.
The aesthetically savvy staff of Sheri's Fine Salon & Spa practices myriad forms of beautification with an extensive menu of salon and spa services, dusting off people statues with meticulous treatments and high-end products from cosmetic gurus such as Ling, Redken, and DermOrganic. Manes are tamed, trimmed, and sculpted with a haircut and style ($23 and up), and a shampoo and style ($15 and up) washes away follicular dirt and tentacled toupees.
Physical therapist Adam Swain doesn’t think twice when sending his patients to Mark Duval for treatment. “I have great confidence in his ability to help maintain and augment my patients’ post rehabilitation status,” he said in a review. Duval—a certified massage therapist for 15 years—relies mostly on myofascial release, a method that diffuses nerve compression caused by stress, poor posture, or an extra-long game of nervous-system sardines in order to soothe body-wide aches. He’s also mastered other massage styles, including acupressure, reflexology, and Swedish, and deploys the method that best suits each patient’s needs.