SVS Vision Center?s founders opened their first shop in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in 1974 to help the community clear up its vision. But even these optical gurus never foresaw their humble business expanding to more than 60 locations sprawled across 8 states. Today, each shop continues the tradition of ensuring ocular health and crystalline sight, beginning with exams from seasoned optometrists. Afterward, patients head to the optical dispensary, where they try on frames by Coach, Tiffany, Nike, Versace, or Ray-Ban. The staff then fits the stylish selection with polarized and scratch-protected prescription lenses to help guests read books clearly or see a charging moose from a distance. Most of SVS Vision Center?s frames can also hold sunglass lenses as well, eliminating squinting during summer months and tropical vacations.
What began in 1975 as one inner-city gym in Highland Park, Michigan, has since evolved into a global health-club organization with locations in 17 different countries. Powerhouse Gym equips weightlifters and cardio bunnies alike with all they’ll ever need to keep—or create—a tight and toned physique. The gym offers equipment outfitted with personal TVs as well as a cast of certified and knowledgeable personal trainers. Depending on location, members will also have access to group fitness classes, such as yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills BodyPump, as well as 24-7 turnkey access to the facility.
Each boot camp spans four weeks of exercise, with classes held up to five days a week. Classes might meet indoors or out, depending on which of the nine locations a client chooses to attend, but the regimen of exercise remains the same. Trainers cook up new routines daily, which might include fitness kickboxing, jump-roping, obstacle courses, or sport yoga, in which the class plays a scrimmage using the first student who manages to contort themselves into the shape of a football.
FitnessQuest's team of certified trainers and dedicated managers empowers clients of any age and fitness level to pursue healthier lives, starting with a fitness assessment that informs a custom-built program of exercise classes and nutritional guidance. Through these assessments, they create customized regimens that can help clients overcome medical issues, lose weight, or excel at sports-related tasks, such as throwing a baseball or ceremoniously hurling a water cooler at the coach from across the field after a victory. They helm a wide variety of basic and specialized classes that range from personal training, to fitness parties and corporate wellness programs.
The team also offers specialized health programs tailored to different demographics within their client base. They are also members of the Healthways SilverSneakers program, an innovative health, exercise and wellness program that helps older adults to live healthy, active lifestyles. Female-centric concerns, such as finding effective prenatal and postnatal workouts or overcoming difficulties with osteoarthritis, are addressed in their women-only exercise and nutrition program.
In addition to health regimens, the staff supplements exercise with massages to leave muscles feeling their best after long workouts.
Signature Service: Relaxation, deep-tissue, and sports massage
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Arrive 5 minutes before scheduled appointment.
Do you agree with the phrase "beauty is on the inside?" Why or why not?
Yes, but massage is a beneficial mind, body, and soul experience. It helps improve both mental and physical conditions.
What's the most common beauty mistake you see people make? What would you recommend they do instead?
People tend to have bad posture, poor flexibility, stress, and overworked muscles causing aches and pains. Massage helps to improve all of these important factors in living a healthy, stress-free life.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I am a Michigan State licensed massage therapist. My clients can choose from three different types of massages: Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massage. Within these, there are various techniques used to tailor the massage to each client's health needs. Soothing music, a heated table, and a heating pack are also included.
Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis doesn't put people to sleep. Instead, a hypnotist guides the client's mind into the realm of the subconscious to discover and dissipate bad habits, traumatic memories, or stress. Great Lakes Hypnosis strives to do just that with every session. Likening it to flipping a switch within the brain, the hypnotist leads the mind's subconscious captain to smoke-free or anger-free waters. Great Lakes Hypnosis also helps with dietary and lifestyle habits, and clients often leave with healthy brain food, such as a relaxation CD that plies their ears with the tranquil noises of nature.