To understand the aim of shiatsu massage, it's helpful to look back to the ancient Eastern philosophies that bore it. These philosophies espouse a holistic understanding of the body centered on “energy rivers” that unite every aspect of the being. Shiatsu massage therapists, such as Cynthia Conklin of Eastern Sun Shiatsu, focus their practice on balancing these energy rivers to stimulate the body's own self-healing powers.
During a typical zen-style shiatsu massage with Cynthia, her client lies facedown on a mat as she holds, stretches, and stimulates the body. These targeted pressures may have benefits that extend beyond a deep state of relaxation: Shiatsu devotees claim that it can provide relief from chronic aches and boost the body's resistance to stress and mind-controlling super villains. When she isn't soothing sore backs and shoulders, Cynthia teaches classes that introduce participants to basic shiatsu techniques.
Charmaine, who worked as a registered nurse for more than 10 years, is a licensed massage therapist and owner of Gold Standard Massage Clinic. Her clinic specializes in therapeutic massage that targets specific muscles and joints for injury prevention and pain management. She relieves tension with a variety of techniques, including Swedish and deep-tissue massage, trigger-point therapy, and hot-stone therapy with warm basalt stones. During sessions, clients can request silence or soothing music.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 11–25 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Signature high performance facial
Brands Used: Image Skincare, Clarisonic
Pro Tip: Consultation with the esthetician is important to discuss overall skincare regimen and expectations.
Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?
I have received Continous Education Certificates from IMAGE Skincare. I attend weekly classes in Farmington Hills, MI to learn and work with other IMAGE skincare professionals.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
My clientele is made up of 50% Skincare and 50% Brazilian Wax customers. Kind of top to bottom skincare.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
A facial isn't something that should be done once a year or for a special occasion. A skincare regimen is an on going process, that isn't diffcult or time consuming with excellent skincare products.
Out of your entire repertoire, which is your favorite service to perform and why?
[The] signature facial, which is both pampering and relaxing, but also client receives result driven skincare, treating the skin at the cellular level. [The] end result is beautiful skin and the client thinking she should do this more often. Skincare is something I am very passionate about. I love seeing results of transformed, beautiful, and healthy looking skin.
Services at The Ashiatsu Room focus on three types of massage: ashiatsu, Swedish, and volcanic-stone therapy. For ashiatsu deep-tissue massages, a therapist walks on the client's back to release chronic muscle tension in specific areas. Swedish massages, on the other hand, stimulate circulation with pressure applied by the hands, forearms, and elbows. Finally, for volcanic-stone therapy, a therapist uses warm stones and oils to relax different areas.
Pure essential oils supplement the healing touch of certified massage therapist Nicole Pocaro. She stirs these relaxing sensory tools into massages customized from seven different modalities, from Swedish and deep-tissue to reiki, reflexology, and hot-stone massages. During reiki sessions, she aims to promote natural self-healing, personal awareness, and enhanced energy by manipulating the body's energy as well as its soft tissue.
At each of Tricho Salon and Spa’s four locations, trained stylists stand ready to refresh outdated hairstyles with products by Schwarzkopf, Bumble and bumble, Keratin Complex, and Moroccanoil. Dr. Sonya Friedman, an accomplished author, CNN talk-show host, and radio psychologist, teams up with dermatologist Dr. Scott Friedman to helm the spa side of the business, where clients can find eight types of facials, nine styles of massage, noninvasive micro treatments, and advice for mending a hairdryer’s broken heart. Fingertips and toes in need of some TLC can also be pampered inside this full-service beauty haven, as nail techs doll-up digits with OPI and Essie polishes as well as Shellac, acrylic, and fiberglass tips.