The aestheticians at Bella Gente Salon rub away signs of aging and acne with 30% glycolic peels by Pevonia Botanica or glo therapeutics. Within the confines of a tranquil, sound-deadened treatment room, patrons lie back and relax as deft fingers apply an exfoliating acid that lightens the appearance of sun spots, acne marks, fine lines, and grass stains from full-contact croquet games. This treatment takes between 30 and 60 minutes, and the technicians recommend waiting 7–10 days between peels.
Todd Beckman founded MassageLuXe with the notion that five-star service should not be limited to pricey hotels. Today, the spa's team of qualified massage therapists and aestheticians continues to realize and build upon Todd's initial aspirations. A spa day at MassageLuXe includes all the perks one might expect from a vacation resort, from facials and massages to full-body waxing and baths in warm, effervescent champagne. The company's services tend to exceed expectations in other ways, too; along with standard massages such as Swedish and deep tissue, therapists are proficient in specialty modalities such as bio-mat, reflexology, and aromatherapy.
In 2010 and 2011, St. Louis Magazine crowned The Face and The Body the city’s Best Salon and Spa. KSDK Channel 5 also found the spa entrancing, and its profile highlights the flagship location’s Oasis room, calming waterfall, and a crackling fireplace where stressed guests can burn incriminating documents. Potted plants join the scene at all of the spa locations, and visitors lounge among them while wearing plush robes and sipping complimentary designer teas, coffee, or wine.
These amenities set the stage for classic spa treatments such as a massage with heated and ice-cooled river stones or a seaweed body wrap. Incorporating the tranquil atmosphere of the spa, the salon transforms appearances with designer cuts and Platinum Seamless hair extensions as well as nail services that draw on hot stones, paraffin treatments, and essential oils.
Doctor of Chiropractic Phillip Meyers and his wife, professional counselor Emily Meyers, take a holistic approach to health that combines advanced technology with traditional chiropractic and massage techniques. Dr. Meyers, for example, employs the gentle adjustments of chiropractic plus kinesiology to relieve ailments that range from headaches to back pain. Though he relies partly on personal consultations, a subconscious computerized integrative operating system—SCIO—helps him diagnose concerns. For their part, the center’s experienced massage therapists keep busy relaxing tension and loosening muscular knots with talent unheard of since Houdini’s final escape from Earth.
In 2004, Rhonda Larkins underwent a lumbar laminectomy to fix a herniated disc, an injury she obtained while working as a package handler. Even after the surgery, she was left with pain and a lingering numbness in her left leg. Though physical therapy helped, she noticed that she felt particularly good after getting a massage. This observation led her to study Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy—a type of massage in which the practitioner uses bare feet to deliver flowing, effleurage strokes—under the practice’s founder, Ruthie Piper Hardee. Rhonda is currently on the mastery level of this modality.
At Prolong Symmetry, Rhonda and her team of licensed massage therapists specialize in more than 10 types of massage. Services range from more traditional Swedish and deep-tissue massages to Hawaiian lomi-lomi, an ancient healing practice during which therapists stimulate the body’s pressure points with their thumbs, elbows, and thoughts on early Dada filmmaking.
While some people know what career they want to pursue from very early on, others need a clear sign to set them on the right path. For Rosemary Mezera, that sign came in the form of a car accident. After visiting a massage therapist to treat the injuries she suffered from the impact, Rosemary woke up the next morning feeling rejuvenated. She decided to become a licensed massage therapist so she could share this healing method with others who were experiencing pain from trauma or being exposed to math. She practices a range of modalities including Swedish and deep-tissue massages, relaxing hot-stone treatments, and prenatal massage. Dedicated to ongoing education, Rosemary also studies reiki and is currently a level two practitioner.