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.
The health pros at Absolute Body Cleanse And Detox use a variety of methods to purify a body that’s been tainted with toxins. Footbaths rely on ionic energy to draw substances such as heavy metal or yeast out through the pores, while nutritional supplements can promote cleansing of the digestive tracts and organ systems. The herbal body wrap also helps to detox, while slimming and toning. The use of the Compass biofeedback system offers insight into what areas of function might be lacking and how they might be remedied.
Within her airy space highlighted by bright-green walls, Laura Davenport goes about the business of relaxation. This dually licensed expert draws on massage therapy degrees from La' James International College and Body Wisdom, as well as an esthetics degree from Iowa School of Beauty. Laura skillfully treats weary bods to on-site services such as massages, full-body exfoliation, waxing, and seaweed wraps. She also beautifies visages with mineral makeup applications and facials powered by professional products.