Grand Ledge Acupuncture’s licensed chi-finagler, Barbara Brouwer, wields extensive training in Oriental medicine and a set of thin, sterile needles to treat patients for a slew of maladies, including stress, joint stiffness, and chronic pain. In an initial consultation, she asks clients questions about their health history to suss out the root cause of their complaint, whether it be blocked energy pathways or a charley horse taking out timeshares in their left bicep. After constructing a personalized course of action, the experienced needle negotiator pricks extremely thin needles just under the client’s skin at predetermined points in an attempt to stimulate energy flow and unearth repressed memories of their past lives as porcupines. As spiny patients relax and recline, Brouwer targets a needle-free trouble area for a 15-minute massage that complements the effects of the acupuncture treatment.
Certified kneading therapist Tori Martin, who believes that massages play a significant role in improving overall well-being, works on the attachments of the muscles—not just the muscle itself—to help heal bodies during custom medical massages. Before beginning each treatment, Tori examines relaxation-seekers' problem areas, taking into account their medical history, tissue features, and whether or not they’re allergic to hands. She then launches into her eight-step protocol, wielding focused and deep strokes and stretches to alleviate aches and strengthen connective tissue inside a private treatment room with soft lighting and gentle music. Tori’s sessions, which have a wide range of health and wellness benefits, have been known to reduce inflamation, alleviate chronic joint issues, and prepare knees for Russian folk dancing.
Sheila Laing believes that spa services should support her clients' whole-body health. To bring this belief into fruition, she takes a holistic approach to her aesthetic and massage-therapy services and employs organic or all-natural products. She also enriches her practice with a background in herbology and postgrad education in aesthetics. Each of Ms. Laing's facials is customized in order to take into account changes in weather, stress, diet, or skin cells' favorite death-metal band. Every facial incorporates a cleansing, exfoliation, and mask, but also may include skin polishing or extractions. In a low-lit, off-white room, clients can also stretch out on a cushioned massage table, where their muscles unwind beneath the touch of hot stones and targeted therapy.
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Full-body wellness stems from even the briefest moments of stress relief, according to Eric Billsen, the massage therapist who owns Ledge's Therapeutic Massage. Inside a cozy studio, he makes every moment count with attentive strokes and customized compression. During his signature deep-tissue massages, he applies medium-to-heavy pressure to ease pain and stiffness in the muscles' innermost layers. Ideal for fatigued athletes and clients recovering from injuries, this service can boost flexibility and mobility. Eric also performs Swedish massages to oust troublemakers such as stress, lactic acid, and internalized Little Rascals plots. Chair massages release tension from the back and neck, helping desk-dwellers type without soreness or spasms.
Kami Woodbury, an alum of the Douglas J Aveda Institute, keeps her passion for beauty burning at the recently renovated Modern Concepts Salon & Spa. She first opened in 2002 and moved in 2011 to a new space, where she surrounds herself with a staff of equally dedicated stylists, nail techs, and massage therapists. They foster a tranquil and upbeat environment in which they snip new ‘dos, pamper extremities with Shellac mani-pedis, and banish unwanted fuzz with waxing treatments. Luxuriating guests with complete makeovers, the skincare experts nourish expression palettes with facials and peels and render muscles free of stress with a variety of massage modalities and sweetly cooed lullabies.
The experts at Healing Laser Centers can ease pain without a single touch. That's because they harness the healing power of the cold laser, a device that sends low levels of energy deep into strained and injured muscles to jump-start the healing process. In each 5- to 20-minute treatment, staffers suffuse the body with this powerful light energy to relieve pain caused by work stresses, athletic endeavors, or attempts to give itself a back massage. Many patients feel nothing during the treatment and often feel progressively better for days afterward. To enhance the technology's muscle-mending capabilities, the center also keeps massage therapists on staff for hands-on tension relief.