2017 Health and Wellness

. January 3, 2017.

Everybody has broken a New Year’s resolution in the past. But this is the year to become the “you” that you can be. Sure, you can’t sport a six pack of abs after one week but there are quick changes you can make to become healthy for 2017. The local pros highlighted in this guide will make you happy, fit and ready to take on anything this year throws at you.


Sister Duo
Dina Sheldon (R), Owner
Ana Hough (L), Founder

A2 Yoga
2030 Commerce Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103
A2yoga.net | 734-216-4006

Tell us about your business and the benefits to the body.
A2 Yoga is a place for commUNITY! We were founded by local Ann Arborite Ana Patricia Hough over 13 years ago and are currently owed by Dina Sheldon. As a massage therapist and yogini, Ana recognized the need for a yoga space dedicated to the health of the body, mind, emotion and spirit before it became fashionable. As a sister duo, we know that the benefits of yoga are amazing because we are active practitioners. Yoga supports the 11 body systems—Endocrine, Lymphatic, Cardiovascular, Nervous, Musculoskeletal, Digestive, Respiratory, Excretory, and Integumentary. In other words, it enhances circulation, builds bones, muscle strength and tone, helps the body metabolize food, excellent for the heart, improves the overall skin appearance, and most important it can help manage stress and emotional stability. In our society things are sacrificed in order to “get more done or fit more in.” Yoga brings you back to self quality care.

How do you stay healthy?
Like a delicious life recipe, its a pinch of that, a sprinkle of this, an added splash of that: yoga, meditation, dancing, eating well, resting and renewing the body, which includes plenty of sleep. As Ana told me when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in Jan. 2015: “Dina, you know now you must laugh more, sing more, dance more… and don’t forget your YOGA!” We both carry her advice in our hearts and on our mats daily.


Dori Edwards
Founder and Chief Consulting Officer

Bloom City Club
423 Miller Ave.,
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Tell us about your business and the benefits to the body.
Bloom is a health and wellness cannabis provisioning center focused on educating the greater community about the viable and safe CBD and THC therapies available for a multitude of medical conditions. We believe in using organic and natural products and promote holistic lifestyle choices such as eating right, exercise, massage therapy, essential oils and meditation.

How do you stay healthy?
Personally I stay healthy by eating a diet high in protein, fermented and superfoods, one pound of greens a day, homemade golden milk and bone broths. I meditate every morning for at least 20 minutes. I exercise everyday for 30 minutes to one hour alternating between Pure Barre, West African Dance, Zumba, Yoga and my own homemade workouts. I am stingy about my seven- hours of sleep each night. I think massage is essential and receive one 1-2 times a month. I constantly use essential oils and aromatherapy around my home and I choose gratitude, giving thanks as often as I possibly can throughout the day, pausing, breathing, laughing and being thankful for very simple blessings.


The Team at Body Conscious Massage Therapy
Massage Therapists

Body Conscious Massage Therapy
2201 Medford Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
bodyconsciousmassagetherapy.com734- 929-5930

Tell us about your business and the benefits to the body.
Body Conscious Massage Therapy was created specifically to focus on clients experiencing specific and chronic pain symptoms. Pain may be caused by injury, repetitive movement, poor posture, or even lack of movement; and when that happens, our bodies can become susceptible to stress and illness. It simply takes more energy to go about our day when we are in pain, and that can affect every aspect of our lives. At Body Conscious Massage Therapy, we incorporate a variety of modalities to customize a treatment plan with our clients that will help decrease pain symptoms while increasing range of motion and flexibility. Our staff is highly skilled, certified and licensed, and are experienced with helping clients feel their best on a daily basis. Even if you’re not in pain, our Deep Relaxation Massage will help melt stress and anxiety away, and can boost your immune system – not to mention it releases hormones that will just help you feel happier in general. All of our therapists are committed to helping our clients lead healthier, happier lives overall – and that makes US healthier and happier.

How do you stay healthy?
As massage therapists, keeping our muscles and joints in the best condition possible is very important. We focus on staying hydrated, stretching properly, exercising to maintain our strength, eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods to keep our muscles fueled properly, and of course, we receive massages regularly.


Eileen Bristol

300 W. Huron St., Ann Arbor, MI 48103
relaxstation.com | 734-623-1951

Tell us about your business and the benefits to the body. RelaxStation serves our clients, in so many ways! Massage not only gets rid of that crick in your neck, it also encourages good circulation and mobility and reduces stress and helps you sleep better. Stress is a major contributor to many illnesses such as digestive problems and heart conditions. Massage helps you digest life!

How do you stay healthy?
Exercise, good diet, meditation and plenty of massages keep me healthy! I ride a bike or walk daily, swim in the summer and ride horses when I get a chance. For many years I have been getting a massage every week, or at least two times a month. When I skip it I can tell the difference. I also get chiropractic care periodically, avoid sugar and fried food, and eat lots of vegetables. I meditate every morning, often out next to my biodynamic garden. What a great way to start the day!


Tarek Kanaan

Unity Vibration Living Kombucha Tea LLC
93 Ecorse Rd., Ypsilanti, MI 48198
unityvibrationkombucha.com | 734-961-8437

Tell us about your business and the benefits to the body.
We make living, all-raw, vegan, organic and gluten-free beverages that work as delicious and healthy alternatives to conventional soda, tea, coffee and beer. They also stand alone as artisanal and unique drinks. Kombucha tea has living probiotics, beneficial acids for digestion and liver health, active enzymes, raw phytonutrients (plant-derived compounds suggested to be responsible for disease protection), and antioxidants to help with toxic overload and healing. Our kombucha is different from other kombucha on the market as it is a living, unadulterated brew and fermented naturally: Unity is never force-carbonated, pasteurized and never contains harmful additives! It is also delicious and award winning.

Unity Vibration values the local movement and our community of SE Michigan and we are very active with other businesses and causes in the area. Producing a vegan product also helps curb climate change and is kind to animals!

How do you stay healthy?
We stay healthy by drinking kombucha (of course!), eating lots of raw fruits and veggies, enjoying regular exercise, laughter, meditation, and by maintaining a mostly vegan diet and lifestyle.


Jacob Roberts, DO
Bariatric and General Surgeon

Michigan Bariatric Institute
Marian Professional Building,
14555 Levan Rd. Suite 311,
Livonia, MI 48154

Tell us about your business and the benefits to the body.
The struggle with weight loss is more than a New Year’s Resolution. It can be a serious health concern and impact quality of life.

Michigan Bariatric Institute (MBI) offers a team approach to weight loss surgery. From educational seminars to
pre-surgical classes and support groups, MBI partners with patients through bariatric surgery and weight loss. Many bariatric patients lose up to 70 percent of their excess body weight in the first year and lead much healthier lifestyles.

How do your patients stay healthy?
My patients stay healthy by committing to our comprehensive bariatric program with healthy eating and active lifestyle changes following weight loss surgery.


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A Physician’s Perspective on Legalized Cannabis

On Tuesday, November 6th, Michigan became the 10th state to legalize cannabis for recreational use. Ten years ago, we had become the 13th state to legalize Cannabis for medical use. I voted for the medical cannabis law years ago because, in my view, cannabis is not a dangerous product, and too many people were being imprisoned for its use. At that time, however, I did not subscribe to the argument that there were legitimate medical uses for cannabis. How things have changed.

Tiny Expo at Ann Arbor District Library—A Curated Holiday Gift Fair with Flair

The Tiny Expo is a gem of an indie arts and crafts fair for vendors with original and unexpected products that make wonderful gifts but may not be an obvious fit for Ann Arbor’s mainstream art fairs. Shoppers who crave artistic, high quality products with diverse price points will find a rich variety of unique, handmade products to choose from.

New Tenants in Downtown Ypsilanti

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