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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-02-09

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>> ... Next Generation ...

Entrepreneur Spotlight

De-stress In Corktown


Detroit Massage and Wellness makes massage affordable.


annah 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
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


ore and more young
Jewish professionals who
left Detroit to start their
careers are coming back
home, such as Davey Rosen, 32,
assistant director of the University of
Michigan Hillel, who now lives in Ann
Arbor — just a frisbee's throw away
from the Big House with his wife, Jillian,
originally from Fair Lawn, N.J., who now
works as the program officer at
the Ann Arbor Area Community
Foundation. Rosen is active in the Ann
Arbor Federation's Young Adult Division.

When did you leave Metro
Detroit and why?

Rosen: I left after graduating from
North Farmington High School in 1998
and went to Israel because of the



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
"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.

passion I had
for Israel and
Jewish history
based on my
experience of
going to Israel
in high school
for a semester
with the
Davey Rosen
Detroit Jewish
and the many summers I spent at Camp
Ramah in Canada. I went to Israel with
Young Judaea Year Course and studied
in Jerusalem, volunteered with an
environmental advocacy group in Tel
Aviv and volunteered for several months
in the south of Israel on Kibbutz Ketura,
30 minutes from Eilat.
From Israel I moved to Los Angeles
to be a rock star and, along the way, I
received a bachelor's in modern Jewish
history and thought from the University
of Judaism in Los Angeles and studied in
rabbinical school for one year.
In 2004, after five years in LA, I moved

"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
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
For more information, visit
detroitmassageandwellness.com or call
(313) 355-0629.

Are you a young Jewish entrepreneur who

would like your business featured in the JN?

Send an email to jheadapohl@renmedia.us .

to New York City and worked for Young
Judaea, supervising regional programs.
In 2008, I completed a master's degree
in informal and communal Jewish
education from the William Davidson
Graduate School of Jewish Education at
the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS).
After JTS, I was the family educator at
Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in New
York and then moved to Boston to be
the assistant director at Camp Ramah
in New England. I love music, playing
guitar, writing songs and have performed
all over, from California to Estonia.

When did you decide to come
back and why?

Rosen: I'm all about living an exciting
and dynamic Jewish life and that
requires exciting and dynamic Jewish
communities. I moved back to Michigan
from Boston in July 2011 to be the
assistant director at the University
of Michigan Hillel because Michigan
students are critical thinkers and have
a desire to ask big questions. As a

C.cr, q.•ge


age: 21-35

Nal iNgLe MIX is
a happy hour
event for Jewish
singles ages 21-
35. More than 50 young Jewish
adults attended the first event of
the year to socialize, meet new
people, and hopefully score some
phone numbers and dinner plans.
The next event is Thursday, Feb.
16, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the
Centaur Bar in Detroit. There will
then be another MiNgLe MIX on
March 22 at Chen Chow Brasserie
in Birmingham. Singles can attend
these bar nights and know that
the pressure is off; anyone who
attends is looking to meet people
and is obviously unattached.
Cash bar and light appetizers.
For more information, contact
CommunityNEXT at contact@
communityNXT.com or Katie Fried
at katielynnfried@gmail.com .

Jewish educator, I have a responsibility
and desire to facilitate adult Jewish
experiences that are challenging,
exciting and fun while creating personal
meaning for each student. I have that
incredible opportunity at U-M Hillel.

What are your thoughts on
the future of Metro Detroit?

Rosen: I think Metro Detroit has a
tremendous foundation for the future
based in a history rooted in family and
communal life. People in the Detroit
area are committed to community while
exploring new ways to express and
show that commitment. I'm excited to
be back home and to be a part of this
proud community. I hope the Pistons
are a team I can be proud of in the
near future, too, but I'm not holding my

If you're a young Jewish professional who

recently moved back to Metro Detroit, send

an email to jheadapohl®renmedia.us to be

included in "Welcome Back."

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