Unlike most spas, there are usually at least three people in the room during massages at Achieving Inner Peace. This is because owner and massage therapist Karmen Buchhop specializes in prenatal and postnatal massages, couples massages, and extra indulgent four-hands massages. During each couples massage, Buchhop and a fellow massage therapist simultaneously work on clients, who can chat, hold hands, or see who has the most believable sleeping face as they sink deep into a relaxed state. Alternatively, two therapists can devote all their time and healing kneads to one person during a four-handed massage, which is designed for those who find it hard to relax during bodywork sessions. Finally, during the prenatal massage, Buchhop can help relieve the fatigue, stress, and aches of pregnancy with gentler strokes that keep both mother and child healthy and comfortable. But no matter what technique Buchhop employs, she always discusses lotion, oil, and cream preferences during premassage consultations, so every massage is tailored to a client's needs and desires.
It took Misty Hansen some time to discover her calling?she spent a number of years working various customer-service jobs?but in 2007 she discovered how to make the most of her innate abilities. During that year, she completed massage school, became a licensed massage therapist, and opened Massages By Misty, named the Best Day Spa, Best Massage Therapist, and Best Business in Norwalk by the Indianola Record Herald in 2012 and 2013. Since day one, she's been happily busy treating an array of clients, some of them referred by chiropractors. As a survivor of multiple car accidents throughout her life, she knows massage therapy's effectiveness in relieving people of pain and helping them recover from stress and injury.
Massages By Misty's treatment room features a heated massage table draped with luxurious sheets where guests enjoy treatments ranging from ancient Asian ashiatsu massages to rejuvenating body wraps. Misty asks clients to fill out a questionnaire so she can customize each session to focus on problem regions and avoid jacket pockets full of loose change.
When Tamara Satren earned her massage-therapy license from La' James International College in 2006, she knew she'd be using her skills to make people feel better. But, she didn't know just how much better some of her clients would feel—or how much joy she'd derive from helping them. Chronic pain and general tension are two common complaints of new patients at Natural Therapies Massage & Bodywork; Tamara addresses them with custom-tailored massages, and some patients have achieved complete relief. Others return to the practice to alleviate their headaches, high blood pressure, or depression through Tamara's expertly performed massages.
Dr. Lindsey Calvert-Downey’s first brush with chiropractic medicine was at the age of 14. She went to see a chiropractor after sustaining several injuries showing horses, and the results made her a firm believer in the practice. Now at the helm of her own clinic, she helps alleviate her clients’ pain and treats fertility issues using chiropractic adjustments, spinal-decompression treatments, and acupuncture sessions. Dr. Calvert-Downey also holds a certificate in animal chiropractic, with a special interest in realigning the spines of dogs, horses, and stuffed animals that have been hugged too tightly.
Plush leather couches and chairs placed amid comforting earth tones characterize the lodge-like environment at Signature Male, a spa designed for men of all ages. Complimentary servings of beer and wine flow into glasses as men enjoy barbershop services from experienced stylists and massages from skilled therapists. In teaming up with Dr. Robert Reese, a physician certified by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, the staff uses various treatments to help clients combat hair loss.
There was never much question that Erin was going to become a massage therapist. Not least among the hints about her aspirations are the pictures she has of herself at the age of four massaging her mother’s back. Now, with more than 17 years of experience, she shows this passion in the way she customizes massages for each client. She starts from scratch every time, first listening to the clients’ needs and explaining options. Then she blends aromatherapy oils from herbs such as mint, lavender, and rosemary to target specific ailments, from headaches to tension. All of this occurs against a backdrop of soft music, which clients can either bring in themselves or create by tickling a sleeping barbershop quartet.