For more than 20 years, massage therapist Willow has been relaxing muscles and evaporating stress with a range of modalities. She uses the long, gliding strokes of a Swedish massage to ease minor aches and applies deep-tissue kneads to relieve chronic pain. Willow turns her focus to balancing energy with hands-on shiatsu and reiki techniques. In addition to massage, she attempts to rid bodies of toxins with Ionic detox footbaths.
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.
From the Eastern artwork in the Buddha Room to the sloping woodwork of the Pyramid Room's walls, the decor inside ACC Natural Healing & Wellness Solutions mirrors the serenity of its services. These pictures of peace fill a Victorian-style home, where a team of specialists remedies stress and soreness. The practitioners espouse a natural and holistic approach to ailments—rather than simply quieting symptoms, they prefer to relax the mind as well as the muscles, tailoring their treatments to address the needs of each client.
At the head of the staff is owner Karen Kraft, a certified massage therapist and reiki master. Karen, who beat cancer three times, has a distinct sense of empathy when soothing her patrons' aches. Doctor of Chiropractic Rosemary Benjamin, meanwhile, adjusts spines with a gentle approach that avoids the traditional joint-cracking twists and prescriptions for constant somersaults. A reflexologist, an auricular acupuncturist, and a hypnotherapist also contribute to the well-rounded treatment menu. Guests can attend workshops and guided meditation seminars to supplement their therapies with lessons on tai chi, polarity yoga, and self-awareness.
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.
Large picture windows fill the space with a natural glow, highlighting City Salon’s exposed rafters, leather furniture, and sheer brown curtains tied off like ponytails. Amid these cozy accents, skilled stylists manipulate hair into flattering new styles and color with bold highlights. Clients may also request a frizz-reducing keratin treatment or revamp the complexion with a one-on-one makeup consultation.
Throughout her training and more than 13 years of professional experience, certified massage therapist and Lighthouse Massage Center founder Elizabeth Everett has learned to treat patients with more than just her hands. She performs 11 types of massage, including Ashiatsu oriental bar therapy, during which she uses her feet to deeply manipulate muscles in the back, glutes, and legs. Her hands work in tandem with warmed stones during hot lava-stone treatments as wafts of smoke from white sage fill the air with a calming scent. Raindrop-therapy sessions use the aromatic blends of Young Living Essential Oils and ancient Lakota techniques to target both physical and energetic toxins acquired from carrying whiny backpacks. Elizabeth, who has used her capable hands to soothe the stage-weary muscles of musicians such as Alice Cooper and Alicia Keys, is also a certified yoga instructor, and leads Vinyasa classes at Hilltop Yoga.