After forging a friendship during a yoga class for breast-cancer survivors, Kellie Moreland and Therese Blomberg joined with Michele Taylor to bring yoga’s restorative powers to their families and neighbors. Their signature class, Yoga Core and More, sculpts limbs, abs, and backs with a lineup of back bends, arm balances, and inverted poses. Ideal for seasoned yogis, this class raises the heart rate to burn calories and foster cardiovascular health. Sweltering temperatures draw students of all skill levels to hot yoga classes, loosening tight muscles and drawing out toxins as the group stretches between exposed-brick walls and wooden floors. Mom and Me'a classes, filled with songs, stories, and playful movements, help yogis aged 2–5 liberate the peace, joy, and Capture the Flag prisoners that lie within.
Don't let the name of The Blonde Salon and Spa fool you?this beauty hotspot caters to every hair color, not to mention every client's beauty needs. A staff of 30 stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists treat patrons to a range of services, from pixie cuts, highlights, and keratin-bond hair extensions to makeup lessons, brow tinting, and waxing. And that's just the beginning. Also at the salon and spa, patrons can skip the sunbathing and get a custom airbrush tan with the natural-looking Norvell solution, or rejuvenate their skin with Bioelements facials. They can also relax with a Swedish massage or embellish nails with classic, Shellac, and acrylic mani-pedis.
Express Body Curves Wellness Clinic aims to live up to its name by helping clients look three inches slimmer over the course of 30 days. To do this, they rely on specialized body wraps and waist-cinching garments, often complemented with fat-burning supplements or topical gel. According to Express experts, regularly wearing a latex or steel-boned corset can help "train" one's waist to be more slender, especially when combined with a healthy diet and exercise. Body wraps, meanwhile, work to detoxify as they slim, as well as help clients sneak into giant-burrito conventions undetected.
When Karoline Vaz immigrated to St. Louis from Brazil, she was inundated with local support to help learn English. She vowed to return the favor, but wasn't sure how. The epiphany came while she was receiving a massage: she'd heal the country that had given her so much by becoming a licensed massage therapist. Now in the comfort of her cozy studio, Karoline works alongside her fellow therapist, Tarris. Clients can seek their expertise for a wide variety of therapeutic techniques––sports massage, hot-stone therapy, and deep-tissue pressure to name a few.
Eleven therapists join forces to help clients find relief at Michelle's Massage Therapy. During massages, they help clients relax with hot stones, warm seashells, bamboo sticks, and cuddly teddy bears. Specialized massages can be tailored for infants, children, and expectant mothers.
When Karoline Vaz came to St. Louis from her native Brazil, she had only planned to polish her English skills. But she fell in love with the city and its people, and decided to stay in America. While she agonized over a career path, a friend bought Vaz her first massage to help her relax. That massage gave Vaz the direction she needed—she was so affected by the service that she decided to become a massage therapist.
Now, Vaz joins four other licensed massage therapists at Health & Harmony Massage Therapy, LLC to deliver massage and body treatments to their personal lineup of clients. Each therapist works with the same clients for every appointment and takes detailed, confidential notes about their health. This enables the therapists to closely track clients’ progress, massage preferences, and assess clients’ ability to read their notes upside down. After their treatments, clients can sip complimentary refreshments in the center’s relaxation room.