Massage therapists employ Swedish, therapeutic, deep-tissue, trigger-point, and reflexology techniques to relax bodies and curb new and chronic pains. They dispense specialized massages for expectant mothers and individuals in hospice care. Sessions can be bolstered with the use of warmed stones, hot potatoes, and aromatherapy. In addition to massages, practitioners offer reiki sessions that rebalance the body’s chakras, and skin-softening paraffin-wax treatments.
Licensed massage therapist Marci sees massages as more than just an hour of indulgence for the privileged. For her, massages should serve as a legitimate tool for managing chronic pain. She aims to break apart internal scaring and stimulate the removal of toxins through each of her four types of massages: Swedish, deep-tissue, trigger-point therapy, and pregnancy massage.
At Tangles Hair Extensions, Kellie Smith transforms short haircuts into long, flowing tresses, bypassing the years that natural growth would take. She stocks clip-in and bonded extensions in hundreds of colors, as well as attention-grabbing feather extensions. Kellie, a stylist with 18 years of experience, also trims hair into chic styles and tames frizz with Brazilian blowouts.
Ames Racquet & Fitness Center helps shrink beer bellies and wine waists with a convoy of cardio machines, strength-training equipment, expert trainers, and group classes. Bright, open reception areas welcome doomed calories, which cower in fear of the lineup of treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes, and noodle-like biceps morph into bulging bastions of brawn on free-weight systems. The one-month membership also gives fitnessmongers access to a full-length pool at the North location, which accommodates fat-banishing underwater three-legged races, as well as tennis courts at the South location. Additionally, patrons get access to more than 90 weekly group classes. Brightly lit, mirrored studios play host during the calming yoga-Pilates fusion Group Centergy, while Power Aqua breaks sweats without aggravating joints in the pool.
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.
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.