As the owner of Luxurious Essentials, Demetria understands the plight of busy professionals. She and her team of therapists do their best to work around hectic schedules with services ranging from a succinct 10-minute chair massage to an extravagant 90 minutes atop a warm massage table. Her unique style of Swedish massage utilizes traditional light strokes as well as deep stretching of the limbs to help to alleviate joint pain. Therapists lubricate each massage with a liberal application of olive oil, which soaks into skin without the potential allergens or glow-in-the-dark side effects found with many moisturizers.
The soothing scents of lavender and soft, earthy tones greet clients as they enter the spa. In private rooms, guests unwind from busy lives while listening to the strains of Asian music and ambient noise such as running water, chirping birds, and the angry protests from stress as therapists massage it away.
A person who ascribes to a dynamist worldview sees the universe in terms of force or energy. At Dynamist Massage Therapy, dynamist healers increase the presence of positive, curative energy by practicing a range of ancient and modern massage techniques. Relaxation and Swedish-style massages diminish stress, and therapeutic massages address specific complaints with a custom blend of techniques. During hot-stone massages, warmth from heated rocks penetrates aching muscles. In contrast, cold-therapy massages activate sluggish nervous systems with chilled stones, ice packs, and readings from Ernest Shackleton's memoir. Therapists also specialize in reflexology, which activates pressure points in the hands and feet. Stress-reducing, traditional Japanese reiki healing techniques stimulate circulation and energy flow.
A father-son team, David and Art McCullar hold Master Level II certification as brain technologists and founded their practice to help others find physical and mental relief by understanding the operations of the body's resident supercomputer. The technology utilized by the NeuroFitness Center focuses on encouraging the brain to change itself using simple stimuli to evoke the patterns associated with positive feelings and thoughts, such as relaxation or finding a quarter. While the company may use results in its continuing research, it never associates clients' names with statistics and closely guards each individual's information with security measures that exceed federal expectations.
At Serendipity Health & Relaxation Spa, massage therapists root many of their techniques in traditional Chinese medicine to promote healing and overall well-being. For example, foot reflexology, an art first practiced by the ancient China, uses gentle pressure on areas of the feet to relieve pain or discomfort in other parts of the body. Acupressure focuses on specific points along the body’s energy channels to release endorphins and remove blockages.
The staff throws other spa treatments into the mix, too. Body scrubs, steam therapy, and SkinCeuticals facials help revitalize skin left dry and rough from somersaulting through the desert.
The aestheticians at Beauty & Bodyworks Day Spa reach for organic, vegan, and fruit-based products when performing beautifying treatments, avoiding additives at all costs. For facials they use Hungarian herbal blends from ilike Organic Skin Care, as well as Michigan-made serums from Eve Organics. All three of the spa’s therapists graduated from Irene's Myomassology Institute in Southfield, where they learned an array of bodywork modalities, holistic practices, and not to use a curling iron in the shower. At their studio, they soothe clients' muscles with relaxation, hot-stone, and couples massage.
HealthQuest's nonsurgical treatments have raised many eyebrows in the sports world, especially around the locker rooms at Ford Field. The center often finds itself the temporary home to some of Detroit's gridiron greats, who take advantage of the staff's non-invasive chiropractic treatments—which combine the power of pulsed laser light and traditional chiropractic care to alleviate knots and aches—to stay in Sunday shape. Non-football clients also find relief, consulting with HealthQuest's doctors on treatments to increase blood flow, decrease inflammation, and promote soft tissue healing.