Todd Beckman founded MassageLuXe with the notion that five-star service should not be limited to pricey hotels. Today, the spa's team of qualified 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 hot stone, 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 and deep-tissue 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.
Driven by his own transformative experience with Myofascial-release therapy, licensed massage therapist Michael McCool moved to St. Louis to establish Serenity in the City, a massage haven designed to share the therapy’s many healing benefits. During the 60-minute session, the therapist performs a series of three- to five-minute holds and stretches that target the underlying connective tissues—or fascia—that surround muscles and bones.
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.
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.