The therapists at wellness center First Oriental Therapy Center help bodies and minds heal with professional and relaxing massage and acupuncture services. While they?re versed in traditional massage techniques?such as Swedish, deep tissue, and hot stone?therapists also reduce headaches with cranio-sacral therapy and release bad energy by caressing acupressure points. All treatments are designed to help steer clients toward healthy living and balance in the body, often alongside relaxation and pain-management. Likewise, their acupuncture treatments correct imbalanced pathways with thin needles placed at the body?s energy hotspot.
Pistons player Tayshaun Prince may have a few feet on Dr. Shuyun Xu, but when it comes to treating pain and walking through doorways without ducking, she’s the star. A photo of the towering NBA player and Dr. Xu on her website shows the pair beaming after a session, speaking to the adeptness of her skills and the warmth of her personality. Both her talent and joy stem from a life spent helping others. Dr. Xu’s quest toward holistic healing began when she was 5 and started learning traditional Chinese techniques from her mother and grandmother. She went on to study at some of China’s leading universities and hospitals before importing her skills to Troy Acupuncture Center. Here, her patients reap the benefits of her learning through acupuncture, cupping, and moxibustion treatments.
All three traditional Chinese practices aim to unblock chi—energy that flows through the body along channels. Through the insertion of fine acupuncture needles, pressure from cupping, or the burning of moxibustion’s signature herb, Dr. Xu frees blocked chi and helps assuage a plethora of conditions ranging from insomnia and smoking addiction to infertility and hypertension.
Board-certified Doctor of Chiropractic Michael Brannan emphasizes a whole-person approach, examining the body's musculoskeletal and nervous systems to attend to much more than just symptomatic pain. Before attempting to make any spinal adjustments, Dr. Brannan diagnoses ailments using spinal and postural screenings and x-rays to pinpoint problems and see what's going on inside the body. He then sits down with patients to discuss their medical history and determine if chiropractic care is the correct course of action. He knows that, sometimes, all that's needed to treat pain are corrective exercises, proper nutrition and lifestyle advice, and a giant lollipop.
If he decides that chiropractic therapy is needed, Dr. Brannan uses a variety of adjustments and employs massage therapy using modalities such as hot stone, relaxation, and chair massage for tense recliners. He later gives each person a wellness plan to follow at home.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mohamad H. Bazzi and his team strive to cultivate timeless beauty through aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, as well as noninvasive cosmetic procedures. Eschewing short-lived beauty trends, the staff at Celestial Institute of Plastic Surgery works to educate clients about the lasting look of each procedure, whether it's a brow lift, chemical peel, or laser tattoo removal. The institute features three different laser hair removal systems to treat clients of all different skin types. They match this expansive menu of services with high-end product lines, such as Obagi Medical Products, Colorescience, and Teamine. The Institute's 5,000-square-foot studio is located 15 minutes from Ann Arbor, 20 minutes from Detroit, and only 1 minute from a patch of sunshine ideal for modeling a brand-new look.
Though they hail from different backgrounds, the three acupuncturists at Michigan Associates of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine share a fundamental belief in the overarching connection between mind and body. At the center’s core is founder Julie Silver, a board-certified acupuncturist who has been espousing the benefits of Chinese medicine in the media since setting up shop 13 years ago. Julie initially turned to acupuncture to seek relief from her own health complaints, and as a result, switched careers to focus her energies on Chinese herbal medicine. At Michigan Associates of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine, these practices come to fruition as the team works to correct imbalances in the body, which are believed to be major contributors to a wide array of health-related problems, such as anxiety, pain, and chronic cases of the willies. Julie and her staff address these symptoms and conditions with acupuncture and Chinese herbs, providing a special cache of treatments for women's health, fertility, and pregnancy issues.
Esther McCormick is a licensed acupuncturist, but she also displays a broader familiarity with Traditional Chinese Medicine—and its mutually supportive interactions with Western medicine—at her clinic, Core Health Clinic. McCormick and her team don’t restrict their work to treating clients, however; they also emphasize preventative treatments clients can perform on themselves. Beauty classes teach students to interpret the ingredients of their skincare products or to craft toxin-free products of their own, ranging from body butter to deodorant. An ear acupressure course, meanwhile, teaches participants to relieve their own stresses without rolling down a gravel road to approximate hot-stone massage. Even the clinic’s private acupressure treatments split time between the therapeutic massage and instruction on self-healing techniques that clients can use at home.