Before opening Touch of Indigo Massage Therapy, Mackenzie honed her craft during 750 hours of training. Since then, she's continued to fine-tune those skills through continuing-education courses as well as tirelessly trying to grow a third arm. Mackenzie is proficient in multiple types of treatment: she dissolves tension with Swedish strokes, undoes knots with deep-tissue kneads, and pampers hands and feet with salt or sugar scrubs. As a postpartum doula and mother of three, she also takes a special interest in assuaging childbearing aches with prenatal and postnatal massages.
Owned by a mother of three, Bee Mine Too drapes young children and infants in quality preowned garb and locally crafted threads. A variety of recognizable brands and an ever-rotating clothing selection grace their consignment shop at 40% to 50% off normal retail prices. Take the pressure off shy shirts with a pair of pants ($5–$8), or fuse the two sans welding torch with a leotard ($5). Baby shower “aww” choruses find inspiration with locally made vendor items such as tutus ($15), diaper cakes of varying tier quantities ($20–$30), or a CadyMay flower hair bow ($2–$6) to attract compliments, rather than bands of feral giraffes hungering for bites of unadorned hair.
Heilman's Nuts & Confections uses 90-year-old recipes to create a varied assortment of house-roasted nuts, tempting confections, and delicious treats. From gift baskets to individual assortments of candies and nuts, customers are sure to find a thoughtful birthday present, celebrate special events, or start grassroots movements to turn March 4th into Rain Check Valentine’s Day. Pay sweet-tooth ransoms with a half-pound box of cherry cordials ($12.25), a one-pound box of home-made caramel corn cooled on marble slabs ($7.75), or a box of hand-stretched peanut brittle ($8.75). For a sippable supplement to classic Heilman's bites, pair a one-pound box of presidential mixed nuts ($17.25) with a pound of fresh, flavored or blend coffee ($13.50 and $12.50 respectively).
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.
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.
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.