After studying at La’James International, Gage Bauer started Mr. Massage IA. Having grown up in Des Moines, Gage finds a particular joy in being able to help open up access to massage to the wider area community that surrounds him. He boasts proficiency in multiple modalities, administering treatments inside one of two private rooms whose taupe walls are as soothing as a bathtub full of money. As a certified member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals community, Gage maintains professionalism and a commitment to client satisfaction throughout every single guest visit.
The style gurus at Brittany Reed Salon pamper head nests with professional haircuts and banish unwanted facial hair with Satin Smooth–brand wax. After sudsing up strands to commence a men's haircut, stylists manicure head lawns with deft scissor-hands, trimming length, cleaning up edges, and sculpting strands into a pompadour shaped like your favorite poodle. Alternatively, chop female tresses with a women's haircut ($35+), or let a nimble cosmetologist slather on wet Satin Smooth wax to rid the upper lip, chin, sideburns, or eyebrows of pesky fuzz ($15/area). Use your $50 credit to deforest multiple areas of facial foliage, or combine a haircut and one waxing service to beat back armies of rebel strands across your entire cranium.
Salon Dolce Vita’s master scissor-wielder, Andrea Dupree, enlists 15 years of strand-snipping experience to create chic and elegant styles. Locks unfurl in the tress-tamer’s lithe fingers as she clears away split ends and tumbleweeds and leaves hair gardens flawlessly pruned. Manes eager for a punch of color can receive either a noggin’s worth of illuminating highlights or a full head of drenching hues before reveling in a toasty bout under a blow-dryer for a polished finish. After the mane refurbishment, clients can admire new ‘dos in a crystal-clear mirror or a stranger's glasses or enlist the opinion of the notoriously persnickety sun, which gallivants through the salon’s floor-to-ceiling windows.
Licensed massage therapist Christy Cook knows that when her customers book a massage, they are making an investment in their health. And so, she invests her own time constantly studying up on new techniques in order to learn new ways to help them reduce discomfort and manage stress. Already a master of Swedish, reflexology, and hot- and cold-jade-stone massages, she updates her database of techniques faster than she can update her service menu and encourages clients to request specific massage styles. She also excels at making skin look and feel better with salt-glow treatments and mud wraps and offers a special service aimed at clearing stuffy heads of headaches, sinus congestion, and misplaced wine corks.
Expertly versed in most massage modalities, the practitioners at Soulshine Massage Bliss soothe achy muscles and restore balance to bodies. Their relaxing sessions take place in a private, low-lit space complete with aromatherapy and music, and focus on areas that trouble clients the most. With that information in mind, the Soulshine team incorporates everything from gentle Swedish kneads and hot stones to more intensive trigger-point techniques. When they aren't increasing circulation and decreasing anxiety, the team turns to their other main pursuit: crafting wire-wrapped jewelry from stones such as quartz and that boulder that almost squashed Indiana Jones.
Cloud 9 Massage Therapy owner Zachary Flick's resume includes nearly a decade of massage-therapy experience, rounded out by his other care-focused roles as a husband and dad. In the comfort of a private room, the licensed massage therapist promotes healing with a full menu of nuanced techniques, ranging from long, flowing Swedish strokes to soft-tissue prodding through myofascial release. Stressed businesspeople can enlist Zachary's skillful digits for corporate-style chair massages, enhanced by relaxing music and aromatic oils designed to blend well with the scents of mediocre coffee.