Licensed massage therapist Ashley Roen draws on a degree from the Body Wisdom Massage Therapy School to send calming ripples across clients’ stiff muscle ponds. To ensure that each treatment is tailored to do the most good, Roen asks that clients vocalize their needs or that muscles simply twitch incessantly in the desired treatment area. She draws on modalities such as long, Swedish flowing strokes or reflexology to ease tension, whereas more deep-tissue techniques access lower-layer connective tissues. Roen’s signature two-person massage is ideal for loving couples or superhero-villain duos who've decided to let bygones be bygones.
At Waukee Massage Therapy at Elite Gym, licensed massage therapist Joanna West eradicates her clients' chronic stress with a variety of modalities, from the long, flowing strokes of Swedish massage to the strategic targets of foot massage. She also relaxes muscles with hot stones and treats expectant mothers to pregnancy massages.
The experts at Healing Laser Centers can ease pain without a single touch. That's because they harness the healing power of the cold laser, a device that sends low levels of energy deep into strained and injured muscles to jump-start the healing process. In each 5- to 20-minute treatment, staffers suffuse the body with this powerful light energy to relieve pain caused by work stresses, athletic endeavors, or attempts to give itself a back massage. Many patients feel nothing during the treatment and often feel progressively better for days afterward. To enhance the technology's muscle-mending capabilities, the center also keeps massage therapists on staff for hands-on tension relief.
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.
Licensed massage therapists relax muscles using skillful strokes, hot stones, aromatherapy, and a bevy of other blissful ministrations. Pliable patients pick from lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, or chocolate aromatherapies for nostril kneading to match the 60-minute hot-stone massage, which increases circulation while melting icebergs of stress into puddles of long-forgotten worry. A one-hour couples' massage also utilizes aromatherapy to balance bodies and minds. Afterward, partners can choose between a hot-towel and cold-stone face massage or hot-stone therapy. Opt for the 90-minute couples' package and pampering pairs can pick a focus area for a relaxing hot-stone massage before a chocolate foot scrub revives and renews arches, tired from hours of standing and all-night dance till you drops.
Named for its holistic, whole-body philosophy, Full Circle Wellness is piloted by chiropractic doctors who use research-based methods and new technology to ease spinal tension and promote overall wellness. They begin sessions with examinations before carefully realigning the spine to prevent chronic pain, discomfort, or lurking. Their customized dietary and exercise plans help bolster treatment journeys, which begin in the bright reception area where mod-style, white hanging lamps suspend over a curved, white desk. Licensed massage therapist Karina assesses the condition of sore or tights bodies before using the latest techniques to knead muscles, reducing stress and increasing overall health and wellness.
Beauty meets science at Heartland Skin Wellness Center, where Dr. Ava Feldman has spent the last 10 years developing a menu of services that draws on her knowledge of dermatologic medicine and skincare treatments. Today, Dr. Feldman and her team—which includes five medical aestheticians and three registered nurses—work with advanced equipment to restore their clients' youthful complexions. The digital images produced by a VISIA Complexion Analysis system, for example, help them determine an accurate prognosis for damaged skin. With this prognosis in hand, they set out to treat wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and other blemishes with a GentleWaves LED device or a SilkPeel dermainfusion system. In spite of their access to all this high-tech machinery, Dr. Feldman and her staff also rely on old-fashioned firming and toning products from brands such as Dermalogica, Neocutis, and Obagi.