Beauty meets science at Heartland Skin Wellness Center, where Dr. Ava Feldman has spent the last 10 years developing a menu of services that draws on her knowledge of dermatologic medicine and skincare treatments. Today, Dr. Feldman and her team—which includes five medical aestheticians and three registered nurses—work with advanced equipment to restore their clients' youthful complexions. The digital images produced by a VISIA Complexion Analysis system, for example, help them determine an accurate prognosis for damaged skin. With this prognosis in hand, they set out to treat wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and other blemishes with a GentleWaves LED device or a SilkPeel dermainfusion system. In spite of their access to all this high-tech machinery, Dr. Feldman and her staff also rely on old-fashioned firming and toning products from brands such as Dermalogica, Neocutis, and Obagi.
Owner Kimberly Lowman ensures that the Body Detox Center lives up to its name by offering natural, detoxifying treatments that promote optimal well-being. To purge toxins from the skin, clients dip their feet into an electrically stimulated salt-infused footbath. During three cycles of vibrations, Kimberly watches as the water transforms colors and textures, "reading [the] water, like one reads tea leaves…" wrote Jen Mulson for The Gazette. Kimberly’s also helps clients detox on the go with a personal line of North Pole Magnets that come in a variety of easy-to-wear accessories including bracelets, ankle wraps, and alloy-woven footie pajamas. The center also carries Phoenix Nutritional supplements available for purchase.
Sophin Sarin’s passion for fitness ignited when he started playing sports in middle school, and his desire to share it with others has not wavered since. He founded Twork It Out Fitness to help his clients fit into healthier lifestyles through hard work and discipline. His 35-minute boot-camp classes require resolve, as students power through interval-training workouts that build muscle and strengthen the cardiovascular system. As with any sustained period of intense exercise, metabolism stays stoked afterward, burning more calories in a 48-hour period without having to train yourself to sleep-jog. Classes meet six days a week, with morning and evening sessions to convenience an array of schedules.
Grass Orchid offers a series of customized skin and body treatments inside a relaxing spa environment. Refresh faces with a HydraFacial, a gentle hydradermabrasion procedure that can erase years of sun damage and help minimize wrinkles. This noninvasive treatment exfoliates skin with a cleansing serum, designed to moisturize and treat congested pores, leaving effervescent smiles, sans smile-lines.
Green Yoga House offers prospective pretzels an abundance of stretch sessions, from pre- and post-natal to hot Vinyasa, inside its two spacious studios in Clive and West Des Moines, as well as lunchtime yoga classes in the skywalk on Grand Avenue. Owner Lily Hou has been practicing yoga for 14 years and teaching since 2003, and was voted the Best Yoga Instructor in Des Moines by Cityview in 2009. Learn bendy basics at the West Des Moines location, mastering foundational poses, breathing techniques, and meditation practices. Build body and mind muscle at the Clive location by bringing hand weights to the Yoga with Weights class, designed to increase strength and endurance while generating energy flow, improving balance, and moisturizing parched yoga mats.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on physical well-being with a cornucopia of equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man or a random street man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength equipment or top-of-the-line cardio equipment, which features televisions and other media diversions. Even if you exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere will provide a refreshing change of pace from any meat-market gym or tough elementary-schoolyard workout. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.