For centuries mankind has envied pizza dough and wondered how it too could be kneaded to relaxed, savory states without paying for the luxury of being escorted via wooden paddle to a Sicilian brick oven. Be pounded into the shape of relaxation with today's Groupon: for $60, you get a 90-minute hot-stone massage at Kalamazoo Manual Therapy (a $125 value).
Board-certified manual therapist Michele Markham molds and shapes soft tissue into top working order. During the hot-stone massage, heated basalt rocks warm and relax musculature as the therapist administers soothing, tension unwinding strokes. Soothe-seekers lie nude, partially clothed, or in hazmat suits beneath surgical draping as specialists place heated stones on tension points along the back to stimulate blood flow. Massages then unkink knotted membranes with the help of the heated rocks, the movements of which increase serotonin levels and soothe muscles into submission. Following the thermal coddling, the newly massaged return to a seated or headstand position to enjoy complimentary bottled water and vitamin C supplements, washing away toxins dislodged during the session and replenishing vital nutrients.
Kalamazoo Manual Therapy
The holistic philosophy—that the state of the entire body should be considered when treating an ailment—guides the staff at Kalamazoo Manual Therapy through their treatments, which include manual therapy, pediatric massage, medical acupuncture, infrared sauna sessions, and hot-stone therapy. Each of these therapies offers a different approach to wellness, allowing staff to fortify the body's self-healing abilities without drugs or magic spells.