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Posted on Sat, Aug 27, 2011 : 5:57 a.m.

Massage, yoga and wellness center RUB opens on South Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor

By Lizzy Alfs

Those looking for a little rest and relaxation in downtown Ann Arbor can soon head over to a new Main Street business focused on massage, yoga and wellness.

Relaxation & Ultimate Bodywork, or RUB, is celebrating its grand opening Aug. 27 after moving into a second-floor space at 214 S. Main St. above Espresso Royale in the Woolworth Building.

The studio signed a lease for the 1,600-square-foot space in March, said co-owner Ryan Wyatt. Curtis Commercial owns the building.

Boasting of jade stone, bamboo and herbal poultice massages, Wyatt said RUB is unlike most typical massage studios.

In addition to massages, the studio offers yoga, guided meditation, nutrition counseling and other educational classes, said employee Emma Greene.

“We offer a really wide range of services,” Greene said. “Nobody else is doing what we’re doing for miles around. This space really lends itself to multiple modalities.”

With a 60-minute massage beginning at $70, Wyatt said that RUB’s price point is about average for studios in the area.

“Our prices are probably right in the middle of what you typically expect,” he said. “But we do like to focus on working with the community, so we have promotions for people in certain industries, friends and family, and anybody affiliated with the University.”

After signing the lease for the space on Main Street, Wyatt said that RUB transformed the space by putting in hardwood floors, tearing out some walls and installing sliding glass doors.

“We wanted to create a very high-class environment,” he said.

He said RUB has hired six to eight independent contractors to work at the business.

And although Wyatt is focused on the studio’s grand opening, he said he hopes to eventually expand the business to more locations.

“This is our first location, but if things work well and it’s a model that can be replicated elsewhere, we would certainly like to do so,” he said.

RUB’s grand opening is today. There will be outdoor massage chairs, people handing out fliers and deeply discounted prices on the studio’s services. Wyatt said all proceeds that day will be donated to help famine relief in Somalia.

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at


Anne Bannister

Thu, Dec 29, 2011 : 4:33 p.m.

Looks absolutely wonderful!


Sat, Aug 27, 2011 : 5:56 p.m.

just visited the new yoga/massage studio on the second floor, right over Espresso Royale Caffe on Main St. Beautiful surroundings and very friendly people at RUB. Hope they do very well in their downtown location (and today, for their Grad Opening, they are giving FREE massages)!


Sat, Aug 27, 2011 : 5:40 p.m.

What a beautiful space! I'll visit just to see those floors up close.