At Brittany Rose Therapeutics, a licensed massage therapist slackens stressed muscles during one-hour massages. During the Swedish massage, flowing strokes help to exile pain, lessen achy joints, and soothe bodies more thoroughly than of a stampede of kittens. Those who elect a therapeutic massage will strut out of the soothery with looser muscles, increased flexibility, and no memory of injuries sustained during full-contact chess matches.
When licensed therapist Danielle Robison-Engeman opened her own massage practice, she wanted to brighten her clients' lives. So rather than opt for a bland or typical business name, she borrowed her daughter's moniker: Sunshine. Danielle totes along her cheeriness when she renders massages such as hot stone, reflexology, and deep tissue, which can help subdue stress, tension, and pain from injuries and everyday wear. She also specializes in trigger-point therapy and myofascial release, which she employs while listening to her clients and adjusting her approach according to their requests. Danielle goes beyond the borders of her office to knead tense shoulders at events such as bridal parties, health fairs, and shoulder-pad-assembly-line workers' conventions.
Massage therapist Megan Smith pays careful attention to her clients' ailments and cossets each sinew with tailored techniques. After consulting with clients about their most problematic areas and least problematic knock-knock jokes, Megan goes to work, leveraging a variety of massage modalities, such as deep tissue, prenatal, lymphatic drainage, and reflexology.
The experienced stylists at The Salon in Ames kick off feather-extension applications and haircut services with a consultation. A set of the salon's multihued feather extensions pulled from Icarus's wings peeps out from underneath locks or stands out on top. During haircuts, mane mavens lather head noodles in suds before snipping hairs and styling them with a blowout. Guests then choose from a menu of hair-and-scalp-therapy treatments, such as a deeply penetrating conditioning treatment or a hair gloss. If any patron is unsatisfied with a service or wants more time with a stylist to trade crock-pot recipes, he or she can return to the salon within two weeks for a re-do service.
Cindy Larson, the massage therapist behind Total Relaxation, has relieved aching bodies with a variety of hands-on techniques since 1997, including at the Special Olympics in 2006 and at Iowa State University's dance marathon in 2009. At her practice, she discusses the ins and outs of different massage modalities with clients before sessions, helping them choose the most beneficial one for them. Relaxing Swedish massages alleviate tension with light pressure, whereas trigger-point and muscle-release techniques work to unclench tense muscles and constricted fascia. Cindy specializes in relieving hip, back, and shoulder pain, as well as headaches and pain associated with plantar fasciitis.
Finesse Spa Salon's certified epidermal experts invigorate visages with Bioelements skincare products and Dermaglow tools. The Dermaglow microdermabrasion begins with a brief skin assessment and rinse to free faces of makeup and gossipy eyebrow mites, followed by a flood of microcrystals delivered through a damage-defying device. As the microcrystals polish and exfoliate, fine lines, acne, scarring, and pores retreat, taking infinitesimal steps toward baby-bottom softness. Post-treatment, the microcrystals are brushed off and the area is cleansed, rinsed, moisturized, and screened from the sun’s incessant autograph requests.
One wasn't enough for Radiant Complexions Dermatology Clinics—its team of doctors and nurse practitioners have established 11 offices across Iowa and Arizona in the past decade. At each location, dermatology specialists preserve the health and unique character of all skin types with medical and cosmetic treatments. They can resolve all types of skin problems, and tend to strictly aesthetic concerns from the outside in with chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and dermal fillers. Offices are equipped with advanced StarLux fractional lasers, which firm the skin by stimulating collagen production at the dermal layer, and VelaShape machines that use radio and light energies to reduce the appearance of cellulite and sagging skin. A scientifically formulated line of skincare products allow for at-home care with glycolic acid, retinol, and Vitamin C.