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.
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.
High-energy Zumba classes and relaxing hot-stone massages collide at This Way Ladies Fitness & Wellness Center, a one-stop shop for women looking to release sweat and tension. Fitness instructors lead strength-building kettlebell classes only a stone's throw from the spa room, where specialists perform facials and ensconce feet in warming paraffin. Outdoor boot camps take the action to Francis Park, where participants test their speed, agility, and ability to resist roving hot-dog vendors.
Leslie Sullivan, the licensed massage therapist and eponymous owner of a stress-free haven tucked behind Hampton Village, draws on her training in Swedish, deep-touch, acupressure, and myofascial-release techniques to customize treatments for a litany of muscular ailments. Her signature integrated massages capitalize on her wealth of proficiencies, blending multiple modalities to address sore muscles and inflamed connective tissues. Leslie also excels in reiki, a Japanese healing modality that works to retune internal energies and alleviate aches from crouching to nibble the leaves on tiny bonsai trees.
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.
Imagine someone approaches with a smoothie made of organic peaches, blueberries, or mangoes, but instead of offering you a taste they gently spread its contents across your forehead and massage the sweet aromas into your skin. This surreal daydream happens daily at Pure Elegance Spa, where aestheticians devoted to organic skincare nourish complexions with their six signature fruit-smoothie facials and other treatments designed to nurse skin to optimal health. Oxygen therapy revives dull skin in tandem with parsley and cucumber, and microdermabrasion promotes cellular turnover deep within the dermis using an exfoliant of pears and poppy seeds. Beyond edible ingredients, many services also blend in products by Éminence Organic Skin Care—a Hungarian line that heals signs of aging and ushers toxins from the face and body without relying on chemicals or additives.
Those who prefer to save their appetite for later can skip the chocolate and margarita manicures in favor of airbrush makeup or waxing services that clear away fuzz on the face and body. Ocular enhancements include Xtreme Lashes eyelash extensions that add natural-looking drama, as well as an eye rescue treatment that aims to save peepers from puffiness, crow's feet, and madcap pokes from nearby Stooges.