When Karoline Vaz immigrated to St. Louis from Brazil, she was inundated with local support to help learn English. She vowed to return the favor, but wasn't sure how. The epiphany came while she was receiving a massage: she'd heal the country that had given her so much by becoming a licensed massage therapist. Now in the comfort of her cozy studio, Karoline works alongside her fellow therapist, Tarris. Clients can seek their expertise for a wide variety of therapeutic techniques––sports massage, hot-stone therapy, and deep-tissue pressure to name a few.
When Karoline Vaz came to St. Louis from her native Brazil, she had only planned to polish her English skills. But she fell in love with the city and its people, and decided to stay in America. While she agonized over a career path, a friend bought Vaz her first massage to help her relax. That massage gave Vaz the direction she needed—she was so affected by the service that she decided to become a massage therapist.
Now, Vaz joins four other licensed massage therapists at Health & Harmony Massage Therapy, LLC to deliver massage and body treatments to their personal lineup of clients. Each therapist works with the same clients for every appointment and takes detailed, confidential notes about their health. This enables the therapists to closely track clients’ progress, massage preferences, and assess clients’ ability to read their notes upside down. After their treatments, clients can sip complimentary refreshments in the center’s relaxation room.
Rumors Salon & Day Spa pampers manes, mugs, and digits via the hands and eyes of experienced body-buffers. Shoo hibernating pterodactyls from winter dreadlock nests and revamp bodily hat-hangers with a new haircut and styling (up to $43). The Clean Condition Color Gloss ($37) brings shine back to dulled hair and preps it for reflecting summer sunrays. Paw petals will blossom with cleanliness and vibrancy during a manicure ($23), and arches will achieve new heights with an eyebrow wax ($15), a treatment that's also shown to prevent confusion between “I’m interested” and “I can’t believe you live with your mother’s zither band” facial cues.
The staff at Shear-Lock Combs West takes the mystery of out fixing hair and skin issues. Scissors tear through split ends and unwanted length in a single snip, and facials gently erase acne and fine lines. The beauty pros also apply glamorous makeup that can last through weddings, dances, and triathlons. In addition to this meticulous attention to the face, Shear-Lock ensures the rest of the body isn't neglected with a host of full-body treatments. They offer chair and full-body massages, waxing for the bikini zone and legs, and give skin a sun-kissed glow with custom spray-tan formulas.
Having experienced her own discomfort with fibromyalgia, relaxologist and massage therapist Rhonda Rathert knows that pain can be a debilitating but treatable problem. She makes it her mission to spread wellness to everyone she meets, aiming to instill a sense of calm in each and every client with massage and bodywork sessions. Rhonda and her staff also demonstrate expertise in spa services such as facials, cupping treatments, waxing, and fluffing pillows into funny shapes.
Licensed massage therapist and graduate of Naples School of Massage Dori Stephens uses massage therapy to diffuse tension, loosen tight muscles, and fight signs of aging on the face. During her Bellanina Facelift massage, she massages the face for 30 minutes using a signature Honeylift lotion and acupressure that improves lymphatic drainage and reduces facial tension that may cause wrinkles.