Studio owner, chiropractor, and hot-yoga enthusiast Dr. Bridget Brasfield helps her students to hone mind-body awareness through therapeutic yoga practice. Her studio heats up to a balmy 95 degrees to help even the most rigid of students to stretch and strengthen as they flow through a series of poses. As a result of the heat, students can also expect to sweat out the naturally occurring toxins that stem from everyday living and daily attempts to become superhuman via lab mishaps.
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.
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.
The salon's decor is total vintage with leather furniture, zebra-print accent pillows, and vinyl records hanging on the wall. But just because the decor is retro, doesn't meant the styling is. A hair guru can craft a classic wave, or go mod with a pixie cut and vibrant color. Guests may also undergo refreshing facials, mani-pedis, Novalash eyelash extensions, makeup application, or airbrush tanning services.
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.
The expert aestheticians at Brow Spa have never met an unwanted strand they couldn't eliminate. Using a cotton thread, they rid facial areas—such as brows, upper lips, and sideburns—of hair by plucking it out by the follicle. Waxing treatments likewise eradicate excess locks from faces, as well as other body parts such as backs and legs. Besides hair removal, the Brow Spa team also specializes in other beautifying treatments, including tinting lashes, exfoliating faces with herbal bleaches, and adorning bodies with henna tattoos.