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.
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.
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.
A visit to Massage Heights is a holiday from the workaday worries of overbearing supervisors, unhelpful Pilates partners, and distant, indifferent babies. Abandon yourself in a 60-minute or 90-minute massage (up to a $119.98 value). A skilled massage therapist will use hot stones to expertly remove knots from your muscles like a master sailor with surprisingly kempt hands. The heated stones warm muscles and encourage circulation, coaxing tension out from under its desk to frolic outside during your body's relaxing recess. Pick your pressure preference with Swedish or Deep Tissue massage variations. In addition to this stress reliever, you'll receive the benefits of lavender, peppermint, or eucalyptus aromatherapy, which massages the nasal passages with a mix of specially blended oils that transforms the dull, boring atmosphere into a cloud of inhalable bliss.
Jessica Sage and Tonya Vincent, the licensed aestheticians behind Skin Transformation, cosset visages with an array of treatments powered by Image skincare products. Jessica leverages her 10 years of experience as she targets signs of aging, as well as skin damage caused by burns, scarring, and exposure to nature documentaries. Working in tandem, Tonya, a graduate of the Aveda Institute in Minneapolis, channels her knowledge into microdermabrasion treatments, chemical peels, and spray-tan sessions. The duo also offers advanced treatments, such as microphototherapy, which uses light and heat energy to clear pigmented lesions, boost collagen, and jump-start evolution in a way that's far more effective than sewing thumbs on a pet rock.
Amanda Lundstedt had worked with nonprofits for long enough to know that she wanted to help people. So when she moved to Colorado, she delved into the world of complementary and alternative medicine. This was the first step on the path that would lead to her current profession; the next was to study under a prestigious sports-massage therapist and earn her massage license.
At Active Edge, Amanda puts her education and experiences?she's also a distance runner and triathlon participant?to use, doing all she can to keep athletic bodies in peak form. She customizes every sports or orthopedic massage, helping her clients regain the strength necessary to succeed on the field or push the team bus from state to state.