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.
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.
Even down to its decor, Sacred Stone Massage and Bodywork exudes comfort. The space’s airy feel and soothing color palette take guests in with slate-gray walls, soft lighting, and plush blankets and pillows that adorn the furniture. The spa’s licensed massage therapists embrace and complement the mellow ambiance with a host of massage services. They stretch and soothe aching muscles during relaxing Swedish and deep-tissue sessions and give expectant mothers a break from the tension that comes with carrying an infant and constantly fighting off flocks of storks with prenatal treatments. Hot stones and paraffin wax augment some sessions, whereas others include peppermint- and lavender-infused scrubs.
A visit to Massage Heights is a holiday from the workaday worries of overbearing supervisors, unhelpful Pilates partners, and distant, indifferent babies. Abandon yourself in a 60-minute or 90-minute massage (up to a $119.98 value). A skilled massage therapist will use hot stones to expertly remove knots from your muscles like a master sailor with surprisingly kempt hands. The heated stones warm muscles and encourage circulation, coaxing tension out from under its desk to frolic outside during your body's relaxing recess. Pick your pressure preference with Swedish or Deep Tissue massage variations. In addition to this stress reliever, you'll receive the benefits of lavender, peppermint, or eucalyptus aromatherapy, which massages the nasal passages with a mix of specially blended oils that transforms the dull, boring atmosphere into a cloud of inhalable bliss.
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.
"In this industry, I believe there is always something fun and new to learn," says Heather Kasper on Revive Spa's website. Since 2006, she's earned massage, aesthetics, and nail-tech licenses, and regularly attends continuing-education classes through the International Dermal Institute to stay abreast of the latest industry developments. She brings every bit of knowledge back to enhance her tapestry of relaxing services, which includes waxing, makeup application, deep-tissue massage, and skin treatments such as intensive exfoliation. An Asian-inspired attitude of comfortable simplicity fills the spa, its treatment rooms, and the storage closet where the staff keeps the extra good vibes. Cushy, earth-toned coverings cloak massage tables, and plush towels sit neatly folded in geometric shelves along the walls.