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.
Dr. Li Coger of Michigan Acu Clinic anchors a full team of licensed acupuncture physicians, each backed by a minimum of 10 years of experience in Eastern medicine. In addition to completing acupuncture certification, the clinic's massage therapists have all kneaded their way through 650 hours of bodywork-therapy training and pilot school. The highly qualified staff passes on its expertise and retro medical coats to the next generation of healers through an education program authorized by the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences. Michigan Acu Clinic also provides clinical internships for the Chinese Acupressure Massage School in Ypsilanti.
A salon and day spa, Belleza Spa & Tanning invites its guests to take a load off, grab a glass of complimentary wine, and relax. Its slate of classic services includes hair maintenance such as highlights, perms, and updos. Meanwhile, facials revitalize faces—or arms, if that's your thing—as hot waxes remove unwanted hair. Additionally, the salon offers children's princess parties, complete with rooms, punch, and pizza.
The students at Chinese Acupressure Massage School learn the art of Asian bodywork in a hands-on environment, practicing each knead and stretch under the guidance of experienced teachers. They tackle ailments such as headaches, stiff shoulders, tennis elbow, and badminton elbow with a relaxing and therapeutic touch. Their holistic, drug-free treatments promote health and overall wellness by stimulating circulation and improving the body's range of motion.
Angela Gorman has amassed a formidable list of certifications in the holistic-health industry after 14 years. She has been trained to soothe physiques with 28 different bodywork modalities, aided by her experience as a personal trainer and an anatomy and physiology instructor at Florida Metropolitan University, now known as Everest University. With such a broad wellness background, Angela was in prime position to develop Sacred Body's credo of customer care, which focuses a menu of treatments on restoring each individual's mental and physical balance.
Angela's team of massage therapists, yoga instructors, and life coaches subdue stressors by customizing their services to accommodate every client. The massage menu splits its offerings into corporal treatments—such as deep-tissue work—and energy therapy, such as reiki or kneadings with hot batteries. Faith in organic health has inspired the center's signature facial, which combines honey and fruits with herbal infusions brewed onsite to bring out the skin's radiance.
Like the sun, Unique Mills visits the East and West each day, but not by rising and setting. Instead, her fingers channel therapeutic strokes from around the globe to melt pent-up tension and stress. At her eponymous studio, Unique Massage, she makes bodies work like new with techniques honed at The Swedish Institute of Health Sciences. Filled with rolling, kneading, and tapping motions, her calming Swedish massages can dissolve scar tissue, reduce swelling, and send secret recipes to pastry chefs via Morse code. During Japanese shiatsu, her fingers, palms, and elbows liberate blocked energy and stimulate circulation by pressing the body’s acupuncture points. Unique brushes the skin with olive oil and herbs before Chinese gua sha, then scrapes it with a clean, flat tool to oust toxins and promote lymph flow. In addition to easing the aches of pregnancy, scoliosis, and fibromyalgia, she enjoys helping athletes, dancers, and actors loosen up before important performances.