After graduating from college, Nicole Warner was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a condition that causes chronic pain and fatigue. Regular massages helped keep her aches at bay, and she was so impressed with the benefits of massage therapy that she went back to school to become a certified therapist. Nicole now helps others find relief from pain using such techniques as trigger-point therapy, myofascial-release therapy, and the gentle strokes of a relaxation massage. She even incorporates heated stones and retired hot potatoes to help further relax muscles. And during reflexology treatments she concentrates solely on the feet in order to stimulate different systems of the body.
Paula K. Sampson knows a thing or two about physical pain. After all, she has spent the past 30 years finding new ways to relieve it. A nationally certified therapist, Sampson has a full arsenal of massage techniques designed to ease stress and tension. One of her specialties is Doctor Vodder's manual lymph-drainage massage, which drains excess fluid from tissue to help detoxify the body. To stay at the forefront of her profession and brush up on developments in the quadratic formula, Sampson attends at least two educational seminars per year.
The laid-back, tranquil ambiance at Essentials Day Spa complements the relaxing massages that take place therein. Guests hear calming sounds and breathe in fragrant, soothing aromas as they arrive for a private couples massage or a Night Cap massage, which targets the scalp, neck, and feet to promote better sleep. For relief from pregnancy pains, women bearing a prescription signed by a doctor or board-certified stork can schedule a prenatal or postnatal massage performed by a licensed massage therapist who is also a Doulas of North America–trained birth doula.
Away from the massage table, the Essentials Day Spa crew also performs facials, mani-pedis, and onsite or on-location spa parties and travels to offices to deliver stress-reducing corporate-wellness massages.
The styling crew at Eleven West Salon & Spa—winner of two Best Hair Color awards from Click On Detroit—beautifies clients with advanced haircare skills kept sharp by ongoing education. Tucked away in the historic downtown Ainsworth Flour Mill building, the beauty haven couples homey accents, such as 200-year-old wooden beams, with modern amenities including a complimentary WiFi bar and free locally roasted coffee. Tan armrests sprout like wooden beanstalks from black haircutting chairs in the salon area, where three levels of stylists refresh manes with cuts and colors founded on haircare products such as Biolage. Clients indulging in spa treatments can peruse the generous list of massages, facials, and waxing services, or sidle up to a contemporary nail station where techs wait to outfit fingers and toes with OPI polish and miniature laser pointers during classic manis and Shellac pedis.
After getting her MBA, Kelly Klever worked in the corporate world. During that time, she grew to realize that many people, including herself, just didn't have enough time to focus on their own wellbeing and decided that workers would be a lot better off if their employers helped facilitate a better work-to-wellness balance by bring massage into the workplace. That idea was enough to inspire a career change for Kelly, and so she enrolled in the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy where she excelled in a variety of treatments and earned certification in Myofascial and Neuromuscular therapies. Today, Kelly Klever Massage operates in a newly renovated office. In her simple, yet comfortable space, patients lie atop organic sheets as they receive a mix of multiple types of massage as well as natural oils and lotions to meet the needs of each individual. And, of course, Kelly Klever Massage also takes their table and massage chair to various local businesses and offices, where they aim to ease tension created after a long day spent hunched over a desk or trapped beneath a collapsed cubicle wall.
When she was 13, Shannon Roznay had a brief struggle with panic attacks. Instead of resorting to anti-anxiety meds, Shannon turned to chiropractic treatments. After these treatments assuaged her panic attacks, Shannon was inspired to become a chiropractor herself.
Nowadays, Shannon goes by Dr. Roznay, and she treats a host of medical maladies with chiropractic adjustments. And when she's not realigning spines, she's administering nutrition-response testing, which investigates the body's reflexive responses to various foods. Based on the results, Dr. Roznay suggests dietary changes and natural supplements—advice that can correct ailments from skin conditions to hormone imbalances.