Sunflower Massage Studio isn't just a relaxing refuge from the everyday—as a local business, it's also a refuge from the revolving-door approach of chain massage studios. This means that in addition to a tension-relieving massage, customers get a bounty of other thoughtful amenities, such as a 30-minute buffer zone before and after the massage to give client and therapist time to wind down and discuss the session. It also means the therapists won't pressure their clients to choose a massage modality, as every session is customized to their individual needs. Of course, add-ons such as hot stones and aromatherapy are available, as well as specialty styles such as prenatal, myofascial-release, and sports massage, which helps athletes' muscles recover from sporting events and emotions recover from tense exchanges with referees.
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 hot stone, reflexology, and aromatherapy.
Within her serene, secluded studio, skilled aesthetician Dora Peters leads her staff in tailoring skincare regimens to clients' specific needs. Aestheticians outfit patrons with youthful glows with services such as acid peels and microdermabrasion facials. High-tech skin-tightening sessions harness the collagen-boosting prowess of radio frequencies. Also included in the beauty arsenal are electrical microcurrent tools, which stimulate skin cells to dissolve such signs of aging as fine lines, sunspots, and grinning incessantly while watching Matlock.
At A Healing Place Massage for Wellness, there's a special focus on the lymphatic system. Using standard modalities such as Swedish and deep tissue, the staff takes care of clients with relaxing techniques that calm the body. Therapists can also loosen tissue and relieve pain by practicing myofascial-release therapy, a blend of massage and stretching. Inspired by the lavender fields of France, the soothing scent of the flower permeates the air to relax clients, and everything from the walls to the products are splashed with a lavender hue.
Unlike stylists who do only hair, nine-year beauty veteran Amanda Bluestein coaxes out clients’ beauty from many angles. Trained in cosmetology and drawing on years of hands-on expertise at Elayna’s and Tuscan Sky Salon, Amanda can resculpt tresses one minute and get skin glowing with a Norvell custom spray tan the next. She holds a special affinity for dolling up brides and ladies prepping for other special occasions. The precision updos and makeup involved require a steady hand and a keen eye, and Amanda excels at using all three.
As a personal trainer, qi gong and yoga instructor, and physical-therapist assistant, Ken has developed a broad and intuitive understanding of the human body. He brings all this knowledge—plus more than 15 years of massage experience—to bear during soothing sessions at STL Massage and Health. There, Ken and his team of qualified massage therapists tackle muscular knots with a wide variety of modalities, including Swedish and deep-tissue massages.