Danielle Rivera, owner of Tru Massage Therapy, did not set out to become a massage therapist. "I like helping people," she says, and she did so for many years as a CNA in nursing homes. When she began to transition to a medical-assistant program, Rivera discovered her passion for massage. She got her massage license in 2008 and never looked back. Now, Rivera and a team of therapists provide 10 massage modalities and myriad spa services.
In addition to botanical body wraps and waxing services, Rivera's talent for clinical massage has improved her patients' lives and her ability to open industrial-size jars of pickles. "I had a client that could only lift his arm 90 degrees, and after working on him. . . he could go up to 160 degrees." She has also provided relief for migraine sufferers. Clients who "were taking prescription pain meds. . . were able to cut down their prescriptions significantly" or repurpose them altogether into beaded necklaces.
For more than 20 years, Midwest Massage owner Sheldon Haas has been using his hands to help heal and relax clients by providing services backed by an average of 30 hours of continuing education each year. Beyond employing Swedish and deep-tissue techniques to thwart pain and tension, he uses his experience working for the Avera Mckennen Hospital and Wellness Center and Midwest Orthopedic Center to help correct chronic and difficult issues. Medical or ortho massage is one of his specialties and targets specific problem areas by working down through individual layers using a blend of deep tissue, myofacial release, and range of motion restoring methods. Whatever style of massage you choose, Sheldon takes care to customize each service to your individual preferences, listening carefully for cues to your desired level of pressure and softly reciting your favorite Walt Whitman poems entirely from memory.
Royal Table Massage owner Rebecca Herrmann moved her nine-year-old business into its current location so that she and her staff could impart relaxation to more clients at once—seven, to be precise. She and her staff have mastered therapeutic massages but also utilize massage’s rejuvenating principles in treatments for the face and body. The space’s turquoise-and-blue color scheme exudes serenity, easing clients into the services that tend to leave them feeling as relaxed as a rooster dining at a vegan restaurant.
Convenient for any and all schedules, 24/7 Fitness Club gives its members an electronic key-card so they can enjoy access to the gym at all times. A huge inventory of equipment—including a cardio "theater" that's set up for ideal views of TVs—the center welcomes its guests to take full advantage of all the facilities. For those who need a little guidance, personal trainers are on hand to help design the perfect workout or a set of conquer-able fitness goals.
Year Round Brown’s Smart Tan-certified staff are on hand to help tailor a tanning plan to fit your skin type and desired level of dermal doneness. In less than a minute, the Versa sunless spray system deploys a fine mist that delivers a moisturizing, UV-free bronzer to bodies recovering from a messy solar divorce. The ray-friendly can opt to catch some beams in the sleek, fast-acting signature bed. Signature level sessions last about 10–12 minutes, with an average of 5–8 sessions required to reach total tan development. Regardless of which option you choose, the luxurious rooms, softened lighting, and soothing sounds of the lobby waterfall will help melt your troubles and bring them to the surface where they can be cooled into an attractive golden enamel.