Licensed massage therapist Michelle Francis, owner of Take a Moment 4 U, believes in the healing power of taking a moment to relax. That's why she offers a range of 60 to 90 minute massage sessions including Swedish, therapeutic, aromatherapy, and warm-stone massage. Along with massage, Francis also pampers her clients with body scrubs, spa manicures and pedicures, and essential-oil body wraps.
MassageLuXe provides a soothing spa environment dedicated solely to the art of the massage. Swedish, deep-tissue, and prenatal styles are all effective techniques for soothing sensitive soul sacks. The Swedish massage, the most popular type of massage, melts your muscles like beeswax, erases tension, improves blood flow, and awakens the lymphatic system. Opt for the deep-tissue massage and give your body a break and surrender to an hour of deliberate strokes and direct muscle grain pressure. The prenatal massage is ideal for kneading away the back pain that stems from carrying around a person on your person. All three options include a 15-minute session on the HydroLuxe dry water massage bed, where warm hydro jets push against the underside of a rubber bed, creating a calming massage experience without the annoyance of having to take off your gigantic T. Rex mascot costume.
Toxins flee from the purifying paws of Blue Nile Spa's holistic healers, whose services fuse age-old practices with contemporary equipment to nurture soft, healthy skeleton-sheaths. Pamper your protoplasmic suit in a relaxing japanese bath steeped with mineral-rich seaweed and salts plucked from the Dead Sea. The rich combination of phytonutrients helps purge the pelt of impurities, allowing it to emerge after 20 minutes looking and feeling as smooth as a pair of Barry White's silk pajamas stuffed with chocolate mousse. Next, a gentle dry brushing shatters dead-skin barricades, liberating clogged pores and allowing them to warmly welcome the body wrap's jojoba and essential oils into their epidermal ranks. As clients relax on the treatment table, soothing rays of infrared heat warm the toxin-abating cocoon, stimulating circulation, melting aches and pains, and bestowing limbs with the ability to track weather patterns.
As a personal trainer, qi gong and yoga instructor, and physical-therapist assistant, Ken has developed a broad and intuitive understanding of the human body. He brings all this knowledge—plus more than 15 years of massage experience—to bear during soothing sessions at STL Massage and Health. There, Ken and his team of qualified massage therapists tackle muscular knots with a wide variety of modalities, including Swedish and deep-tissue massages.
Pretty N Posh adds panache to traditional teen and preteen pastimes with confidence-boosting mani-pedis, performed within a girly, multicolored salon space ($30 each). Catering to divas age 17 and under, Pretty N Posh lets young ladies upkeep their limbs with a one-hour ice-cream-sundae mani-pedi, which employs hypoallergenic ME! Bath products and begins with a relaxing hand and foot soak in chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla ice-cream-shaped bath salts.