Melisa Gibbs became a massage therapist in 2010 to help people achieve wellness through natural methods, rather than by endlessly popping painkillers. "I'd like to help relieve [pain], rather than covering it up with medicine," she says.
When her clients arrive at New Beginnings Massage Therapy, she ushers them into a private space for soothing relaxation massages, also known as Swedish massages, which help them de-stress after putting up with a cranky boss at work or a malfunctioning cuckoo clock at home. Melisa says clients who've been having issues often experience a greater range of motion after her deep-tissue massages, which are aimed at banishing chronic aches. She's also able to aid those with medical issues including carpal tunnel syndrome and headaches.
Finesse Spa Salon's certified epidermal experts invigorate visages with Bioelements skincare products and Dermaglow tools. The Dermaglow microdermabrasion begins with a brief skin assessment and rinse to free faces of makeup and gossipy eyebrow mites, followed by a flood of microcrystals delivered through a damage-defying device. As the microcrystals polish and exfoliate, fine lines, acne, scarring, and pores retreat, taking infinitesimal steps toward baby-bottom softness. Post-treatment, the microcrystals are brushed off and the area is cleansed, rinsed, moisturized, and screened from the sun’s incessant autograph requests.
Ames Racquet & Fitness Center buffs up bodies with a bevy of fitness machines, a cadre of experienced trainers, and a sprawling schedule of group classes. With today's Groupon gripped firmly, clients can sculpt bods at all three locations, taking advantage of the pool at the North location, several tennis and racquetball courts at the South location, and 24-hour accessibility at the West location. Group classes include the heart-pumping Cardio Dance, and the pool-bound Power Aqua class.
Cindy Larson, the massage therapist behind Total Relaxation, has relieved aching bodies with a variety of hands-on techniques since 1997, including at the Special Olympics in 2006 and at Iowa State University's dance marathon in 2009. At her practice, she discusses the ins and outs of different massage modalities with clients before sessions, helping them choose the most beneficial one for them. Relaxing Swedish massages alleviate tension with light pressure, whereas trigger-point and muscle-release techniques work to unclench tense muscles and constricted fascia. Cindy specializes in relieving hip, back, and shoulder pain, as well as headaches and pain associated with plantar fasciitis.
At Brittany Rose Therapeutics, a licensed massage therapist slackens stressed muscles during one-hour massages. During the Swedish massage, flowing strokes help to exile pain, lessen achy joints, and soothe bodies more thoroughly than of a stampede of kittens. Those who elect a therapeutic massage will strut out of the soothery with looser muscles, increased flexibility, and no memory of injuries sustained during full-contact chess matches.
When licensed therapist Danielle Robison-Engeman opened her own massage practice, she wanted to brighten her clients' lives. So rather than opt for a bland or typical business name, she borrowed her daughter's moniker: Sunshine. Danielle totes along her cheeriness when she renders massages such as hot stone, reflexology, and deep tissue, which can help subdue stress, tension, and pain from injuries and everyday wear. She also specializes in trigger-point therapy and myofascial release, which she employs while listening to her clients and adjusting her approach according to their requests. Danielle goes beyond the borders of her office to knead tense shoulders at events such as bridal parties, health fairs, and shoulder-pad-assembly-line workers' conventions.
Massage therapist Megan Smith pays careful attention to her clients' ailments and cossets each sinew with tailored techniques. After consulting with clients about their most problematic areas and least problematic knock-knock jokes, Megan goes to work, leveraging a variety of massage modalities, such as deep tissue, prenatal, lymphatic drainage, and reflexology.