Todd Beckman founded MassageLuXe with the notion that five-star service should not be limited to pricey hotels. Today, the spa's team of massage therapists and aestheticians continues to realize and build upon Todd's initial aspirations. A spa day at MassageLuXe includes all the perks one might expect from a vacation resort, from facials and massages to full-body waxing and baths in warm, effervescent champagne. The company's services tend to exceed expectations in other ways, too; along with standard massages such as Swedish and deep tissue, therapists are proficient in specialty modalities such as bio-mat, reflexology, and aromatherapy.
Licensed massage therapist Kimberly Collier channels more than 800 hours of training into kneading out bothersome knots. After she studied holistic-healing techniques at the Healing Arts Center, she opened Intuitive Healing Arts to bring harmony to minds, bodies, and spirits.
She helps bodies tap into their innate healing abilities through soothing modalities that range from Swedish to deep-touch and myofascial release massage to Reiki and transformational breath work. The latter uses breathing techniques to stimulate circulation and improve well-being.
Seasoned aesthetician Linda Hoff eschews drug-assisted treatments for all-natural, holistic wellness techniques. Drawing on years of experience, Hoff tackles chronic skin, body, and beauty conditions with services that target an extensive array of ailments. A half dozen different facials treat everything from rosacea and eczema to wrinkles and dryness. The all-natural body-sugaring process rids brows and limbs of unwanted hair and attracts smooches from puppies with low blood sugar.
Like a professor knowledgeable on tulip mania, alien black oil, and a myriad of seemingly esoteric subjects, Massage Envy's licensed body therapists ably converse with the gamut of muscle ailments. They'll unravel tense coils of accumulated inner-stress through a perfectly catered treatment for individual clients' needs that may include various styles and techniques. Swedish massages offer gentle rubbing for muscular soothing and improved circulation, while deep tissue focuses specifically on untying the body's Gordian knots and releasing chronic tension. A prenatal massage is ideal for expecting mothers who could use a little relief from carrying another person inside them, and a sports massage provides tension relief and injury prevention for an athlete's body.
Soak away the worries that have lodged themselves in the nooks of your joints and the crooks of your connective tissues, while inhaling a bouquet of soothing, therapeutic scents. Today's Groupon restores your body to a nubile state of relaxed joyousness unlike any since you got your braces removed by a man who claimed to be in the circus. For $30, you get a 60-minute Swedish massage at Vitality Unlimited Spa, a $68 value. Retreat to Vitality Unlimited Spa's beautiful sanctuary, located conveniently in Webster Groves, and feel the pressures of the outside world dissolve off your soon-to-be-tension-free shoulders. Naturally, world powers began jockeying for access to the potentially weaponize-able massage, by means both diplomatic and underhanded. Many international observers believe that the 1992 Summer Olympics were, in fact, a complicated ruse carried out by Russia and the United States to distract Sweden long enough to steal their massage, as evidenced by the fact that Sweden won an unexpected 904 Gold Medals that year. Still, the Swedes held tight to their massage until 1999, when Y2K-related fears caused Swedish officials to release classified details of the massage, believing that the world would likely end. Today, the Swedish massage is practiced all over the world, though rumors that the Swedes are secretly working on an even better massage run rampant.
Lisa Glad started her career in massage by easing the aches and pains riders acquired from performing equine athletics. While kneading the taught sinew of Belmont Stakes-winning horses for as long as it takes to go to the DMV (15 years), she dived deep into the world of massage. That included learning everything she could about modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, and myofacial. During that period of study, she trained at the Healing Arts Center in Maplewood and quickly came to learn it wasn't all about the massage itself. As an advocate for healthy lifestyles, she knew massage was most effective when combined with nutritional knowledge.
That's the kind of information—say, how herbs and stretching enhance massage—Lisa passes onto each client at Webster Bodywork, helping others take their own steps toward healthy habits. With all that knowledge and experience, she is able to customize massages to each client without having to ask each client what kind of bed sheet they have at home and running out to purchase a replica. She consults her patrons to learn what they'd like the massage to achieve, and tailors a variety of techniques to suit those needs. Of course, pampering is always part of the process, so Lisa also includes enhancements such as hot towels, aroma therapy, and stones upon request.