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.
MassageLuXe provides a soothing spa environment dedicated solely to the art of the massage. The Swedish massage, the most popular type of knead, melts muscles like beeswax, erases tension, improves blood flow, and awakens the lymphatic system. A deep-tissue massage uses deliberate strokes and direct muscle grain pressure to give your body a break from toiling in the electric shovel factory. The prenatal massage kneads away pain caused by carrying around a person on your person. All three options include a 15-minute session on the HydroLuxe dry water massage bed. Warm hydro jets push against the underside of the rubber bed, creating a calming massage without the annoyance of having to take off your T. Rex costume.
In 2010 and 2011, St. Louis Magazine crowned The Face and The Body the city’s Best Salon and Spa. KSDK Channel 5 also found the spa entrancing, and its profile highlights the flagship location’s Oasis room, calming waterfall, and a crackling fireplace where stressed guests can burn incriminating documents. Potted plants join the scene at all of the spa locations, and visitors lounge among them while wearing plush robes and sipping complimentary designer teas, coffee, or wine.
These amenities set the stage for classic spa treatments such as a massage with heated and ice-cooled river stones or a seaweed body wrap. Incorporating the tranquil atmosphere of the spa, the salon transforms appearances with designer cuts and Platinum Seamless hair extensions as well as nail services that draw on hot stones, paraffin treatments, and essential oils.
The team at Frontier Integrated Health Center combines chiropractic care, medicine, acupuncture, and nutrition to help clients achieve their wellness needs. Licensed chiropractors help alleviate symptoms of such maladies as carpal tunnel and chronic pain by making adjustments to spinal vertebrae. The team of doctors also specializes in treatments such as spinal decompression, which helps address symptoms of headaches, high cholesterol, joint pain, and tendinitis.
Direct Connection Chiropractic owner Penny Richardson began her career after her son Miles's health was saved by chiropractic care. At a year old, he began suffering from ear and sinus infections, asthma, and allergies. After rounds of ineffective antibiotics and allergy shots, a friend of Penny's recommended chiropractic therapy. Within three months, Miles was off all medication and breathing treatments, and he’s remained healthy for more than 20 years. Her son’s transformation inspired Penny to get her chiropractor’s license and work to give her patients a chance for a new beginning with nonsurgical and noninvasive chiropractic treatments. With meticulous adjustments, the doctor helps align spines in adults and children, getting to the root of pain and discomfort. In addition to her chiropractic exams and adjustments, Dr. Penny also offers weight-loss and facial services to help achieve shapely curves and toned, glowing complexions.