Monica Bemus has expertly relieved bodies of aches and pains ever since she graduated from the Capri College of Massage Therapy in 1998. These days, the certified massage therapist showcases her kneading talents during sessions at Essential Therapeutic Bodywork. For each custom treatment, Monica draws upon techniques from 10 modalities––including trigger-point therapy and sports massage––to loosen knots and increase circulation, among other benefits. These sessions unfold inside a comfy room where soft music helps clients relax.
Island Therapeutic Massage's founder and owner, Victoria, believes that massage can be part of a daily or weekly de-stressing regimen, rather than just a once-in-a-while indulgence. At her massage center's two locations, she and her team work to stimulate circulation, fend off disease, and bring balance to their clients' bodies with an array of soothing modalities.
Among the most popular of these modalities, Swedish and deep-tissue massages uncoil sinews and reduce stress with varying levels of pressure. Therapeutic massage, trigger-point therapy, and sports massage focus more on specific ailments, targeting headaches and chronic pain from injuries on the field or in the workplace. Another specialty modality, pregnancy massage, helps expectant mothers and babies cope with the stress of hormonal changes and rigid nine-month deadlines. To ramp up your relaxation, request body scrubs and aromatherapy with nonscented or Young Living essential oils.
At over 90 locations throughout the country, CorePower Yoga (CPY) invites students to creative classes that meld movement, breath, heat, and music into entrancing routines to energize the body and mind. Signature CPY classes are taught by approachable certified yoga instructors who lead students through dynamic, Vinyasa-style flows with demonstration and verbal cues, helping pupils of all experience levels tone core muscles and cultivate balance. CPY also offers teacher training and lifestyle programs to empower students to become yoga instructors or to just advance their individual practice. During construction of all its new studios, CPY strives to use recycled content, install eco-friendly and efficient mechanical systems, and ensure that any waste created doesn't end up in landfills or just piled in Mr. Henderson's garage.
Author and Juut SalonSpa owner David Wagner channels a childhood spent watching nature’s beauty into his Aveda salon’s eight locations. The studio stylists and other staff members, many of whom benefit from the company’s extensive training program, perform services beneath shelves laden with Aveda products. The botanically sourced elixirs repair and sculpt hair naturally without subjecting it to other products’ unpleasant chemicals or a robot hairdresser’s endless questions about love.
Joe Grondin built a time machine out of shaving cream, steamed towels, and aftershave. A master barber for more than 30 years, he longed for the halcyon days of the classic barbershop: a time when grooming was unhurried and conversation was meaningful. So in 1999, he opened the first Rooster’s Men’s Grooming Center in Lapeer, Michigan. Today, Rooster's’ barbershops can be found from coast to coast, but Joe's original vision remains intact: precision cuts and 7-step shaves with generous helpings of neck powder and personal attention.
Joe's barbers keep that old-school spirit alive with the Roosters Club Cut, which includes steamed towels and shampoo head massages. During their signature 7-step shaves, they prep men’s faces with moisturizers and massages before shaving every last whisker down to the skin. Rooster’s also offers camouflage coloring to keep grey hairs from standing out in an otherwise full and leafy beard, and the shop honors military, police, and fire personnel with discounted haircuts.
When Donna Boyd massages her clients, she isn't focused on merely treating their symptoms, but on treating the core problems that create those symptoms. At Donna's Heavenly Massage, the certified massage therapist blends more than five modalities, including elements of Swedish and sports massage, to knead each guest's muscles. Those sessions result in myriad benefits, from relieving lower-back pain and lessening anxiety to improving circulation and joint flexibility. Donna conducts her appointments in a warm, comfortable space made all the more soothing by gentle background music and optional aromatherapy at no extra charge.