A diagnosis of chronic migranes in 1985 began Elaine Moranville’s search for a way to transcend the limitations of traditional medicine and trigger inner healing with a pill-free approach. Her investigation led her to reflexology, a foot-massage technique that relieves tension and clears blockages throughout the body by stimulating the 7,200 sensory receptors in the nerve endings of the feet. Now a graduate of the Healing Arts Center School of Massage, Elaine maps out the pathways to self-healing with targeted foot treatments, including energy-balancing reiki sessions, and Kansa Vatki, an ancient Indian technique that harnesses ghee’s heat-storing power. Elaine also mends stressed muscles with traditional massages, which incorporate Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone techniques to ease soreness and heat bowls of posttreatment mulligatawny.
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.
During her time spent managing Tuscan Sky Hair Salon and Massage, Yvette Barlow has tackled a sweeping variety of hair care problems. She has tamed frizzy and unruly curls with advanced keratin smoothing treatments and transformed lifeless locks into glamorous up-dos. The seasoned stylist has also performed the once-impossible feat of coaxing stubborn tangles out of the hair of restless children and snipping up cute new styles. She begins every service with an initial consultation to discuss desired looks, address concerns, and interpret any hairspray-related dreams. Yvette and her team of stylists operate out of a spacious salon, where lofty front windows bathe the hardwood floors in warm sunlight.
Todd Beckman founded MassageLuXe with the notion that five-star service should not be limited to pricey hotels. Today, the spa's team of qualified massage therapists and aestheticians continues to realize and build upon Todd's initial aspirations. A spa day at MassageLuXe includes all the perks one might expect from a vacation resort, from facials and massages to full-body waxing and baths in warm, effervescent champagne. The company's services tend to exceed expectations in other ways, too; along with standard massages such as Swedish and deep tissue, therapists are proficient in specialty modalities such as hot stone, reflexology, and aromatherapy.
A commitment to using natural products, such as vegan nail polish, guides the staff at Serene Scene Morning Spa as they unfurl services by appointment 24 hours a day. The natural essential oils used in the spa manicure and other treatments fill the air with aromatherapy scents and zero airborne chemicals. Dessert-themed services such as the Cupcake pedicure or the foot spa Sundae paint appendages candy colors to match the pastel walls of the spa's private rooms.
With a roster of stylists, massage therapists, aestheticians, and members of the ancient and still-thriving brotherhood of barbers, Temptor Salon aims to stake a claim at the cutting edge of style. The modern Paul Mitchell Focus salon houses stylists that dole out modern cuts for men and women, and therapists set guests at ease during massages customized to each tense back. For a more hands-off approach, tanning memberships are available.