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.
The dedicated cosmetologists at Absolute Bliss help clients choose from a full spa menu of skin, hair, and nail treatments to transform tired exteriors into vibrant veneers. Like fashion-forward math teachers, stylists snip tresses to geometrical perfection, relax unruly curls, or apply artful streaks of flattering color. Formaldehyde-free Shellac layers onto nails by the hand of a talented manicurist for a high-gloss sheen that can endure without chipping for 14 days. The salon also deforests epidermises with sugaring treatments, and improves visages with facials, microdermabrasion, and airbrush spray tanning.
The Body Garage focuses on providing quality services with a scientific approach to skin care. As a medically directed spa, The Body Garage uses top-notch products while providing preventative skin maintenance to ensure skin as beautiful and shiny as a Transformer. As part of your choice of treatment, you get a consultation based on a Visia Complexion Analysis. The analysis inspects skin while measuring visible and invisible sun damage and evaluating wrinkles, pores, and clingy barnacles. Visitors will then choose between a microdermabrasion treatment (referred to as a mega peel on The Body Garage's website) or a custom chemical-peel treatment, with both options helping to exfoliate the skin, accelerate new skin growth, and decrease the effects of aging.
Village Hair and Spa has been a local beautifying staple for over 20 years, and its friendly and experienced staff specializes in bestowing the under-pampered portion of the population with a wide range of hair and body treatments. Its strand stylists are particularly adept at helping each client find the best haircut for his or her face and personal style. If you already know what you're looking for, Village Hair’s stylists can take that vision and make it even better than you imagined, just like Hollywood's big-budget adaptation of your Golden Girls fan fiction. Undergo a mane makeover with a cut ($32–$45) and color ($79–$109 for both treatments together), or indulge in a full-service manicure ($27–$32) to buff your finger helmets to a new level of shine. Village Hair and Spa also offers a full menu of waxing services ($19–$60), facials ($75–$80), skin-renewal treatments ($57–$170), and specialty body services ($75–$94).