Welcome to MERCI Massage. The perfect combination of Therapeutic and Relaxation!

A thorough intake interview is done before your massage session begins. At your first session with MERCI Massage, you will fill out a client history form, and your Therapist will sit with you and discuss what your goals are. Your Therapist will discuss options for how to proceed, and with your input, will incorporate one or more of the following modalities into your session. Every session will begin with a chat with your Therapist to see which techniques could be adjusted, and what your goals are for each session, so that each time, your massage is personalized to fit your needs.

Active Release

Active Release Methods are used to treat a wide variety of soft tissue and repetitive-motion injuries, as well as chronic tightness. Sometimes we can get a more effective release when the client does some active movement. When we consciously contract our muscle, we can then get them to release further. The therapist will compress in certain areas where there is binding, and direct the client to actively engage certain muscles. This helps promote release of the contracted muscles. This technique is very effective, and more therapeutic than relaxing. As with many of these modalities, this is incorporated into your full session as you and therapist have deemed appropriate in advance.


Acupressure involves specific pinpoint compression over certain points, found on meridians, which are specific lines through the body. Meridians seem to be energy flows from nerve tracts in the tissue and are located in the fascial grooves. Approximately 360 of the most used points are located on 12 paired and two unpaired centrally located meridians. This technique is effective, especially if it is repeated often with the pressure held long enough. It is used to unblock and restore physical and mental health and balance the human body.


Aromatherapy involves the use of essential oils. They can be put on a cotton ball and inhaled or absorbed through the skin to achieve relaxation and/or therapeutic benefits. Essential oils are easily absorbed through the skin and have antiseptic, antibacterial, and antibiotic properties, so they complement most forms of healthcare. The sense of smell is interrelated with the limbic system, which deals with the emotion and memory. Often adding a scent can uplift spirits and help promote relaxation.


Cranio-Sacral is a non-invasive, holistic approach to facilitate and enhance the body’s innate ability to heal and regulate itself. The therapist uses very light touch to evaluate and balance the cranio-sacral system in the body, which includes the cranium, spine and sacrum that are connected by a continuous membrane of connective tissue that also encompasses the brain and central nervous system. With gentle support to the cranium and spine, this treatment encourages the release of adhesions and restrictions, promoting deep relaxation. It is especially beneficial for those with migraines, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems, and common joint dysfunctions.

Deep Tissue

Especially beneficial for the active individual, this treatment provides a deep, strong massage to relieve tightness and strain. The deep, intensive holds and releases stimulate blood flow to restricted areas and relieve knotted muscles that are unable to fully release on their own. Also ideal for sever or chronic muscle tightness. Some soreness might result after treatment.


The body itself is bioenergic. Its overall functions are to maintain balance… homeostasis. Many cultures share a common belief that our processes are a combination of not only physical, mental and spiritual, but also a common “energy or force” that gives life. Energy healing restores, balances and maintains health by supporting the individuals’ bioenergies.

Hot Stone

A therapeutic treatment utilizing the application of hot stones of varying sizes to key points on the body to create improved circulatory flow. This allows for a more intense manipulation of the tissues than with traditional massage. We allow each therapist to be creative in the individual styles of this treatment. The heat and weight of the stones provides its own relaxation benefits, and allows stress and tension to melt away.

Lymphatic Drainage

The lymph system is located in the superficial fascia, which is below the skin and above the first layer of muscle. This method is superficial work, gently pulling on the skin, as we manually encourage the flow of lymph. Pumping of jointed areas with passive movement also helps to assist the lymph movement. Deep breathing assists lymph movement in the thorax and abdomen. This method serves well for simple edema; soft tissue injury as it speeds healing and reduces swelling; and for exercise induced delayed-onset muscle soreness, this method can help reduce pain and stiffness.


Myo=Muscle Fascia=thin layer of connective tissue that covers each muscle, muscle bundle, and even muscle fibers. Much of the tightness that people feel is connective tissue tightness. We mechanically soften the tissue, which actually creates more space in the body. Often the fascia of one muscle will stick to the fascia of another, which can impede movement and circulation. After treatment, people can breathe better, stand taller, and feel less tight and more relaxed. This modality will use minimal lotion, and slow sustained pressure. As stuck fascia is being unraveled, it can create a burning sensation during treatment, and relief afterwards.


Neuromuscular can be thought of as “Brain to muscle talk”. Often our muscles stay in contraction even when we don’t want them to be. We can try to ‘release/relax’ on our own, but yet often they stay in some state of contraction. This is one reason we can feel fatigued, as it uses energy to keep muscles in contraction. This therapeutic approach will have the client contract certain muscles on purpose and then release fully, with the coaching of the therapist. Self-help techniques can be taught so you can continue therapy at home.


CONGRATULATIONS!!! This is a fabulous way to keep your body and mind de-stressed as your baby grows within you. Often the aches and pains of being pregnant can be a toll on our body, and the hormones can play a role as well. Massage is a great pain reliever, muscle relaxer, body de-stresser and balancer. You will feel better, and so will your baby. When ladies are wanting to become pregnant, regular massages is also a good plan, as it helps keep the stress down which can be a factor. If your pregnancy is a high-risk pregnancy, we do need your Doctor’s written permission to proceed with massage therapy.


Reflexology is the stimulation of areas beneath the skin to improve the function of the whole body or of specific body areas away from the site of the stimulation. Certain points in the feet, hands, and ears, affect other body organs and areas. Reflexology is the study of reflexes. And a reflex is an involuntary response to a stimulus. Many nerve endings correlate with acupressure points, which trigger the release of endorphins and other endogenous chemicals when stimulated. With this ancient Asian method of massage, stimulating certain points with pressure helps clear energy lines.


A form of energy work, Reiki is an ancient method of healing. Reiki is a very gentle yet powerful method of encouraging physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.


Relieve built-up tension and alleviate stress with this classic and timeless favorite. Also known as Swedish, this is the basic massage where we work through the tissues at your requested pressure. If we find fascial bind or restricted range of motion, we would not proceed to any therapeutic techniques at this point. We use long, fluid strokes to calm the body, settle the mind and restore lost energy. It is gentle, soothing and emphasizes relaxation.


As with every massage that is given at MERCI Massage, each massage has outcome-based goals. The same is true here, with an athlete, we would first assess: What is the goal? One may be to assist the athlete in achieving and maintaining optimal function. Regular massage therapy does wonders for helping your muscles stay pliable and working at peak performance. It will allow your body to function with less restriction and accelerate recovery time. Another goal may be to support the healing of injuries. Many athletes are in constant sympathetic dominance, always with the ‘go.go.go’ mentality, which can cause havoc on internal organs. Massage therapy helps to de-stress and return to a natural balance from the inside and out. If you are close to an event, within three days, be sure to let your therapist know, as we would alter our pressure and techniques for pre-event massages.


Relieve built-up tension and alleviate stress with this classic and timeless favorite. Also known as Relaxation, this is the basic massage where we work through the tissues at your requested pressure. If we find fascial bind or restricted range of motion, we would not proceed to any therapeutic techniques at this point. This European technique uses long, fluid strokes to calm the body, settle the mind and restore lost energy. It is gentle, soothing and emphasizes relaxation.

TMJ treatment

The temporomandibular joint is where the temporal bone meets the mandible. Four sets of muscles are involved with this joint, including the masseter which is innervated by the trigeminal nerve. Often people carry tension in the jaw, and grind or clench the teeth. This can cause such pain if it squeezes on the nerve. TMJ focused treatment can help bring relief.

Trigger Points

Trigger Point Therapy applies concentrated finger pressure to trigger points which are painful, irritated areas in muscles, to break the cycle of spasm and pain. Any of the more than 400 muscles in the body can develop trigger points. They are accompanied by referred pain patterns and restriction of motion. By working on key trigger points, the massage therapist often is able to relax an entire area.

Merci Massage


Redford, MI

24801 Five Mile Rd, Suite 17
Redford, MI 48239
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Canton, MI

6200 North Haggerty Rd
Canton, MI 48187
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Services: Active Release   •   Acupressure   •   Aromatherapy   •   Cranio-Sacral   •   Deep Tissue   •   Energy   •   Hot Stone   •   Lymphatic Drainage   •   Myofascial   •   Neuromuscular   •   Pre-Natal   •   Reflexology   •   Reiki   •   Relaxation   •   Sports   •   Swedish   •   TMJ treatment   •   Trigger Points