Fauna Holistic ‘Working-class’ Massage Spa Opens in Eastern Market

Fauna Holistic, a new therapeutic massage spa in Detroit’s Eastern Market, is targeting local service-industry workers and others who once may have thought massage therapy and bodywork to be too expensive.
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Fauna Holistic massage room
Fauna Holistic has opened in Eastern Market and is offering more affordable massage therapy and bodywork services. // Photo courtesy of Fauna Holistic

Fauna Holistic, a new therapeutic massage spa in Detroit’s Eastern Market, is targeting local service-industry workers and others who once may have thought massage therapy and bodywork to be too expensive.

Fauna Holistic is owned and operated by Fiona Maier, a licensed massage therapist from New York, who comes from a blue-collar family and says she wants to serve others who are in need of restoring their bodies after a hard day’s work.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Eastern Market community,” says Maier. “I was raised by a carpenter father and a mother who worked odd jobs and is now a librarian. I believe everyone should have access to massage. Fauna Holistic is geared toward working-class individuals. I really want to reach out to restaurant workers, many of whom I know personally and are sorely in need of bodywork. I also really want to get away from the expensive, luxury spa stereotype and provide an alternative space for everyone in need of massage services.”

Maier plans to offer discounted rates for those in the service industry on Mondays, first-time client specials, and group packages.

The spa offers meditative restoration, deep tissue and therapeutic massage. Her holistic health approach applies both eastern and western foundations to reteach the body’s muscles, according to Maier. Through her studies of yoga, dance, and martial arts, Maier says she has built her understanding of the function of the body and muscular structure and uses it to inform her sessions. Massage techniques are designed to treat a variety of ailments including chronic tension, stress, digestion, and sports injuries

Fauna is located at 1337 Division, in a building owned by FIRM Real Estate. It currently is open Monday through Wednesday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with hours expected to expand.

Fauna Holistic is now hiring, offering therapists a cooperative setting with very competitive rates for employment, and a focus on their ability to make a living while avoiding burnout. Therapists interested can email info@faunaholistic.com.

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