Drs. Maria Kunstadter and Michael Sigler take unusual measures in their quest to quell dental anxiety. Beyond employing the typical nerve-calming bedside manner of any good dentist, the duo has incorporated soothing spa treatments into their standard dental routines. Massage therapists are on hand to lull patients into stress-free states with full body massages and aromatherapy oils inundate patients' senses with calming scents as they recline in dental chairs for an x-ray, Invisalign appointment, or routine hygiene visit.
Eight therapists and one esthetician man an intimate neighborhood practice in southern St. Louis, relaxing clients inside a sunny storefront with three treatment rooms or bringing their chairs to corporate events and parties. The team capably treats varying conditions by employing a host of modalities, including deep-tissue massage for chronic pain, prenatal massage for mother-and-child wellness, and hot-stone massage for slowly immunizing the body against magma. They also offer wide variety of spa, body treatment, facial services, and waxing treatments. As the pressure of thumbs penetrates the skin, body treatments, such as the seaweed-algae mask and the Dead Sea–mud mask, replenish dermal surfaces with organic goodies and help revitalize all of the body's tissues.
At Aura Face + Body, beer isn’t just for drinking—the beauty pros use the enzyme-laden beverage to refresh faces during special home-brew express facials. It is just one of the many eclectic and organic products used during the spa's facial, makeup, massage, and waxing services. Coconut and hazelnut oils create a skin cream, and dried herbs combine with aromatic oils during custom facials. The pros use 100% plant-extract wax to remove unwanted facial and body hair, and they incorporate shea butter and essential oils into massages. The altruistic staff also donates 5% of every purchase to charity.
Scott Causey’s portfolio is bulging at the seams. He is a licensed medical massage practitioner, a reiki master, and a certified holistic health-care practitioner, and has received advanced training in Thailand and Japan. He is also a former US Navy corpsman, combat medic, and paramedic for a fire department. These days, he can be found at Health at Hand International, alleviating pain and untying knotted muscles with hot-stone, deep-tissue, and Swedish massages. He also treats patients' ills by directing the flow of energy with reiki sessions or a very strong magnet.
Today's Groupon to Massage Heights makes it easy for anyone to enjoy the soothing benefits of a high-quality, muscle-melting massage performed by a licensed massage therapist. Choose from Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, maternity, or sports massage. One hour of back-attack bliss can be spent on a Swedish, which uses long, flowing strokes to knead away stress and tension, or its brethren modality, the deep tissue, a similar but more targeted and intense approach. Deactivate localized pockets of pain with the trigger-point massage, or prepare for the girth of birth with a maternity massage to help with prenatal issues such as back pain and the emotional toil of carrying around a hungry, kick-happy alien for nine months.
Each massage therapist at Massage Works averages more than seven years of experience, which they draw upon to assuage muscles, knead away tension, and lower blood pressure. Massage styles range from hot-stone massage, which uses warm basaltic river rocks to soothe aching joins and induce relaxation, to sports massage, which helps athletes recover from injuries, hard workouts, and long periods spent sitting perfectly still on cereal boxes. Other wellness services include paraffin hand treatments and myofascial release, each aimed at helping bodies feel healthy, happy, and free of stress.