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.
Even as a young girl, Kate had a knack for kneading away stress. Her talent for easing aches and pains—along with her gift for playing piano—even earned her an appropriate nickname: “Magic Hands.” Later in life, after 13 years of working in retail, Kate realized the full potential of this nickname when she shifted gears and began working as a professional massage therapist.
Today, Kate presides over Soothe Massage Therapy, where she prides herself on customizing treatments for each of her clients. “I like to start out by just having a conversation,” she explains before describing how she uses knowledge of a person’s occupation and lifestyle to respond to individual needs. Rather than limit herself to a single modality, Kate relies on Swedish and deep-tissue techniques to soothe nerves and heal shoulders sore from carrying around backpacks or suits of metal armor.
To help her clients relax, Kate has decorated her studio in a soothing, neutral palette. The notes of a piano or classical guitar mingle with the quiet burbling of a fountain as she begins to work her magic, stroking away tension and removing loose change lodged between shoulder blades.
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.
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.
Aches Away Therapeutic Massage and Skin Wellness's licensed massage therapist relaxes bodies with one of six massage modalities, tailored to address each client’s individual needs. Swedish massage, the most popular technique, uses gentle pressure and soothing strokes to promote total relaxation, while deep-tissue massage applies firm pressure to taut tissue, uncoiling tightly wound muscles and helping to relieve pain from past unicycle-jousting injuries. Prenatal massage eases lower-back tension associated with human incubation, and the raindrop technique splashes essential oils onto skin to promote tranquility. The relaxing manipulations of lymphatic therapy cause a drowsy lymphatic system to eagerly awaken like a shadow hunter on a sunny day. During a hot-stone massage, heated stones rest atop sore surfaces to melt pain and stress into a collected lava puddle. Along with signature massage services, staff members also provide waxing services, custom facials, and chemical peels.
An esthetician and massage therapist for almost 10 years, Jennifer Christiansen relies on products from Éminence Organic Skin Care to enhance her facials, each of which is customized to match an individual’s skin needs and goals. She also alleviates stress via massages in 30-, 60-, and 90-minute increments, all of whose soothing qualities can be enhanced by hot stones placed on acupressure points. Her eyelash extensions beautify blinks, and her waxing services removes unwanted hair from nearly any body area or phantom body area.