Massage therapist Aja Fortenberry trained in the 1,100-hour Baker College program, where she learned to incorporate Swedish massage, active stretching, and deep therapeutic bodywork to ease tension. Now, with more than 10 years of experience, Aja provides clients with her healing touch at Verity Life Massage Therapy. She offers her signature Swedish massages in 60- and 90-minute iterations as well as short chair-massage sessions.
Karen Kraft has been a practicing reiki master for more than a decade, but the discipline's holistic view of bodily energy has been helping people for generations. Karen's bouts with cancer and 12-year experience working in the disability field have bolstered her innate sense of empathy for her patrons' own ailments. As the owner of ACC Natural Healing & Wellness, she translates this dedication into her therapeutic treatments. Rather than simply quieting symptoms, she prefers to relax the mind as well as the muscles, tailoring her treatments to address the needs of each client. Karen's treatments address numerous everyday health issues, battling the pain and discomfort of everything from anxiety and depression to chronic pain. More than anything, though, her intuition and experience help her ease knotted muscles and connective tissues imbuing clients with a sense of whole-body well-being.
Once you pass Salon Savvy?s pristine hairstyling stations and black-leather mani-pedi chairs, you reach a private room surrounded by blue-grey walls and illuminated by flickering candles. This room is Ashley Kosloski?s home away from home, where her clients visit so she can fix their skin problems. In doing so, Ashley customizes her facials to ensure any skin type or issue is correctly addressed. She extracts acne-causing dirt and bacteria from pores and imbues dry patches with moisturizer. A special microdermabrasion wand tackles fine lines and blemishes by exfoliating the topmost layer of skin on faces, revealing a visage that looks millions of seconds younger.
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.
If a cornucopia could grow to the size of a city block, it would look something like Lansing City Market. On a typical day, baskets brim with peppers, squash, and turnips from local farms, and homemade pies flaunt fillings as sweet and colorful as the rainbow that fathered Shirley Temple. Nearly 20 year-round merchants chat with passersby, telling the stories behind handmade wares such as soaps, chutneys, and garden statues. At Caruso's Candy Kitchen, kids ogle hand-dipped chocolates and bins of bulk candy, which teem with gummi bears and Jelly Belly jellybeans. Adults gather around the tables at Uncle John's Fruit House Winery, drinking in the flavors of Michigan's orchards with free samples of cherry wine and apple brandy. To make shopping as enjoyable as possible, Market Place Massage's trio of therapists melts muscle knots and undigested cheese logs with trigger-point therapy and flowing Swedish massage strokes.
Inside Salon Soteria, dedicated stylists spoil hair with products from Aveda, Schwarzkopf, and Redken while crafting new styles and amplifying beauty. The collection of services extends to include mani-pedis, makeup artistry, waxing, and ear piercing. Staff members can perform full makeovers on individuals and tend to the beauty needs of entire bridal parties or Civil War reenactors readying for battle.