Signature Service: Massage therapy
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Pro Tip: Allow time for paperwork. Your hour starts at your appointment time.
Cortney Alvarez recognizes that people who need massages often need to fight stress as much as they need to fight physical pain and tension. So she opened Kneaded Thoughts Massage & Mental Health Counseling, a wellness center where people could take care of their stress and mental well-being through body treatments and counseling.
There, she and her fellow practitioners create custom wellness plans for each client, helping them with everything from therapeutic and pregnancy massages to Reiki treatments. They also lend an ear whenever the client needs to discuss a personal problem or rant about the latest book club book that everyone else seemed to enjoy.
Roxy’s Beauty Bar began as a popular Bay City tanning salon and has since expanded into a full-service salon, offering everything from trendy cuts to airbrush makeup. Stylists help heads adopt a new shade with coloring and highlighting services or add bling in the form of hair tinsel, hair crystals, and feather extensions. Nail artist Xaviera dresses fingertips with intricate designs, such as zebra stripes and Burberry-inspired plaid, and eyelash extensions pump up each wink’s flirt factor with semi-permanent strands by Reese Robert. Staying true to its tanning roots, Roxy’s also continues to bronze bodies with airbrush tans, which are sprayed on by a trained technician instead of by a machine or an artistically trained elephant.
Owners Debra and Craig have built up for a diverse repertoire of skills in the natural health field, which they channel into their business, Alternative Health & Wellness. Since 1993, the pair has worked in health food stores and chiropractic offices, studied naturopathic health and homeopathy, and spent time learning the nuances of practicing massage, including using essential oils, herbs, color, sound, and music during sessions. While the versatile duo helps heal plenty of clients with their own hands, the center also houses more independent therapies, such as an infrared sauna, hothouse, and pink Himalayan salt room where patrons can absorb natural minerals and season their chicken.
Shining Star Salon & Spa's checkerboard floors and star-themed decor give it a lively and stylish vibe. The staff offers a menu of haircuts, massages, facials, and citrus body polishes, as well as packages should clients want to enjoy them all together. The Gold Star treatment, for instance, includes a one-hour massage and mani-pedi, and the Super Star treatment adds on hairstyling, wine, and a light lunch.
Soft, earthen hues, such as bright robin’s egg, cool sea foam, and rich brown, backdrop the welcoming environs of The Willows Salon & Day Spa. There, whether administering haircuts, nail services, or relaxing body treatments, the staff consults with clients before dispensing any of the multitude of beautification treatments. Bolstered by a retinue of Redken products, stylists snip, shape, and color unruly hair and frayed extension cords. During spa services, patrons enjoy custom massages, spa mani-pedis, and a variety of facials. The Willows can also be booked for private events such as bridal showers, birthday parties, and tax-day anniversary celebrations.
At the first rock 'n' roll–themed salon in Saginaw, stylists infuse the passion, edge, and authenticity of rock music into every spa and beauty service they perform. In the spacious salon, stylists and aestheticians beautify from the shoulders up by trimming locks into innovative styles, applying bold color and highlight treatments, and accenting faces with basic and airbrush makeup services. Rock Your Locks Salon offers on-location wedding beauty packages, and stylists will stay with wedding parties until the reception to apply last-minute touchups or give awkward, rambling toasts. In a dedicated massage room, clients melt into heated massage beds as therapists—who are certified in advanced medical and soothing Swedish massage—knead away aches and pains.