Entrepreneur Spotlight: Detroit Massage and Wellness
Hannah Lewis was living in Detroit’s Corktown and running a massage therapy business out of Royal Oak when she realized she needed to make a change.
“The rest of my life was in Detroit,” she said. “I wanted a short commute. I wanted to be able to walk to work and provide massage to my neighbors.”
So that’s exactly what she did, opening her practice, Detroit Massage and Wellness in North Corktown. After 13 months in the building that now houses the Detroit Hostel, she recently moved her office to the Cabrini Clinic at 1234 Porter St. in Detroit. “I got a tip they had extra space and made my pitch,” she said. “They let me rent two rooms.”
Lewis grew up in Oak Park and attended Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit in Farmington Hills. She graduated from Irene’s Myomassology Institute of Southfield in 2005 with 600 hours of hands-on training.
She became nationally certified (NCBTMB) shortly after moving to Richmond, Va., where she lived and work until 2008. She moved back to Michigan to be with her husband, Jon Koller.
Lewis’ experience in the massage industry ranges from high-end spas to laid-back wellness centers. She offers a range of services at her salon, including deep tissue, Swedish and hot stone massage as well as acupressure and reflexology techniques. She also has sessions for those with sinus or allergy issues, pre/post natal mothers and lymphatic therapy for those with edema and injuries.
Customers fill out a short form at their first session so Lewis can address their specific issues. And she strives to keep it affordable. First-time customers can schedule a 60-minute massage for only $50. Subsequent massage therapy sessions run from $40 for 30 minutes to $85 for 90 minutes.
“Those minutes are on the table,” Lewis said. “Clients never pay for prep time.”
Lewis adds that she runs a modest business with the goal of giving each client plenty of time. “I’m proud of my clientele,” she says. “I have a diverse group of people that come here.”
Client reviews are glowing.
“I am so happy I found Hannah and Detroit Massage and Wellness,” wrote one online reviewer. “After trying out several places around Metro Detroit, I can easily say this is the best massage I’ve had in Michigan, and up there in the top three I’ve had anywhere — including those I’ve tried in L.A., London, Chicago and elsewhere.”
Another wrote: “My experience with Hannah was lovely. Her space is cozy and relaxing. She took time before the massage to talk to me about issues that I wanted to address and followed up afterwards with things that she noticed and suggestions for what I could do at home.”
Lewis, who recently hired another therapist, Rebecca DeBruin, who specializes in myofascial release and reiki, says that massage is one of the best gifts people can give themselves.
“We need time and space to listen to our bodies and work out the kinks,” she said.
For more information, visit detroitmassageandwellness.com or call (313) 355-0629.
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