Our Health Club & Spa corrals a state-of-the-art fitness center and full-service day spa under one roof, helping clients radiate health from the inside out. Weight rooms, a swimming pool, saunas, and a juice bar comprise the physical-focused side of the center, where certified personal trainers monitor form and fitness trainers lead more than 30 classes per week. Pampering is the priority on the spa side, which offers everything from customized therapeutic massages and European facials to gentlemen's pedicures, which skip the polish in favor of a barely perceptible coat of Armor All.
Though the club's focus is mainly on adult activities, kids can flex their growing flippers in one-on-one swimming lessons or socialize with other tykes in a childcare center, where colorful toys spill out from rows of cubbyholes. Seniors will find themselves equally at home at Our Health Club & Spa with arthritis-focuses classes that provide an opportunity to stretch out aches and whirlpools that provide a perfect setting for stage readings of The Caine Mutiny.
The team of massage therapists behind Bodies Kneaded have more than two decades of experience among them. They draw on that expertise to treat issues ranging from sports injuries to pains associated with pregnancy. In addition to custom-tailored massages, they relax visitors with skin-smoothing salt scrubs and mud wraps. Appointments are available at two locations—one in Glen Carbon, one in Granite City. At the Glen Carbon location, aestheticians also perform diamond microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and other skincare services.
Licensed massage therapist Cynthia Javurek, owner of Ahh C Kneads U, customizes her massages to each client's specific needs. She combines an array of modalities during custom sessions, including deep tissue, Swedish, and reflexology. Additional specialty massages include hot-stone and rejuvenating face-lift massages, which work to relieve stress in the facial muscles.
Permanent Great Looks Salon & Spa’s team of spa technicians enhances exteriors with a comprehensive menu of skin, body, and nail treatments. Manicure services provide customers with nails painted with Shellac polish that protects against chips for up to two weeks, even after wearers build sand castles to store stockpiles of shucked oyster shells. Toes simmer in heated bubble basins before curling up in steamy towels in the pedicure room, and aestheticians stationed in serene private rooms treat skin to body scrubs designed to polish surfaces and stir circulation. The active ingredients in body-scrub formulas range from Dead Sea salt to organic brown sugar steeped with essential oils and more conducive to soft skin than intercepting sneezes from the Marshmallow Man.
Licensed massage therapist Cyndi Bogacki is a Body Therapy Center and School of Massage graduate and muscle-melter extraordinaire. Drawing on more than six years of experience, she and her team administer flowing Swedish strokes to promote relaxation or untie lower-layer knots with deep-tissue pressure. Clients may also request a specialty bamboo-fusion massage, which can improve range of motion in achy shoulders and dietary habits in baby pandas.
Express Body Curves Wellness Clinic aims to live up to its name by helping clients look three inches slimmer over the course of 30 days. To do this, they rely on specialized body wraps and waist-cinching garments, often complemented with fat-burning supplements or topical gel. According to Express experts, regularly wearing a latex or steel-boned corset can help "train" one's waist to be more slender, especially when combined with a healthy diet and exercise. Body wraps, meanwhile, work to detoxify as they slim, as well as help clients sneak into giant-burrito conventions undetected.